June 24, 2020

Delivery Contractor Pays Back Wages After Denying Paid Sick Leave To Employee Ordered to Self-Quarantine

AUSTIN, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Black Swan Inc. – a delivery service contractor based in Austin, Texas – has paid $800 in back wages to an employee for wrongly denying paid sick leave for a qualifying reason under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

June 24, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Signs Agreement with Wisconsin Department Of Workforce Development, Boosts Effectiveness of Both Agencies

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Equal Rights Division of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

June 24, 2020

Oklahoma Barbecue Restaurants Operator Pays $55,372 in Back Wages To Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

TULSA, OK – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the operator of Burn Co. Inc. – also known as Burn Co. Barbecue restaurants – has paid $55,372 in back wages to 22 employees to resolve violations of the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) found at its Jenks and Tulsa, Oklahoma, locations.

June 23, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Rhode Island Restaurant Paying $775,000 in Back Wages, Damages and Penalties

PROVIDENCE, RI – After a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island has entered a consent judgment and order requiring Los Andes Restaurant and its owners to pay $729,895 in back wages and liquidated damages to 128 employees to resolve overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). They will also pay a civil money penalty of $45,104.

June 23, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Webinar on Coronavirus-Related Paid Sick Leave Requirements for Business Owners, Employers and Other Stakeholders

KANSAS CITY, KS – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in Kansas City, Kansas, is joining with the IRS and the U.S. Small Business Administration to present a webinar to review paid sick leave requirements, tax relief and other coronavirus-related information critical for employers and business owners.  

June 23, 2020

U.S. Department Of Labor Announces Online Tool to Help Workers Determine Eligibility for Paid Sick Leave Due to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today launched an interactive online tool to help workers determine if they qualify for paid sick leave or extended family and medical leave to cover time away from work for reasons related to the coronavirus.

June 18, 2020

Florida Manufacturer Pays Back Wages to Employee Denied Paid Sick Leave Required Under Families First Coronavirus Response Act

SANFORD, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Producto Lure Co, Inc. – based in Sanford, Florida – has paid an employee two weeks of emergency paid sick for violating the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

June 17, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Spanish Language Webinars on Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave Benefits for Agricultural Employers and Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor will offer two webinars in Spanish for agricultural employers and employees in California about the paid sick and expanded family and medical leave benefits available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Presented by the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the webinars will provide information on the rights and protections under the law, including eligibility, coverage, qualifying reasons and pay calculation.

June 16, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Files Suit Alleging Transport Company Owes 700 Drivers More than $1.5 Million in Overtime Back Wages and Damages

DETROIT, MI – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan against ProCorp LLC – owner Timothy Schultz and operations manager Nichole Shaffer – seeking an injunction and more than $1.5 million in overtime back wages and liquidated damages for approximately 700 drivers employed by the company.

June 15, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $15,385 in Wages After Huntsville, Alabama, Dry Cleaners Missed Payroll

HUNTSVILLE, AL After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Copeland Cleaners Inc. – a dry cleaning enterprise based in Huntsville, Alabama – has paid $15,385 in wages to 29 employees to resolve minimum wage violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

June 15, 2020

Miami-Dade Victims Assistance Center Pays Back Wages and Reinstates Leave Hours After Violating the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

MIAMI, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the Miami-Dade County Coordinated Victims Assistance Center (CVAC) has paid $911 to an employee for violating the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

June 15, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Debars Georgia Berry Farmer For Violating Guest Worker Visa Requirements

POULAN, GA The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has debarred Reyes Quality Berry Farm LLC – based in Poulan, Georgia – from applying for certification to request temporary foreign workers under the H-2A agricultural worker visa program for three years. WHD also assessed the employer a $61,265 civil penalty for violating the labor provisions of the H-2A program, and found that the employer owed $47,675 in back wages to 32 employees.

June 12, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Federal Contractors Owe $101,711 to Employees Working on Michigan HUD Project

DETROIT, MI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), two Michigan-based contractors – Resurrection Carpentry LLC and The Drywall King LLC – working on a federally funded project in Detroit, Michigan, will pay 36 current and former employees a total of $101,711, for failing to pay the required prevailing wages and fringe benefits to construction employees.

June 12, 2020

Subcontractors at Eugene Apartment Complex Pay $123,832 to Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime, Prevailing Wage Violations

PORTLAND, OR – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), two subcontractors – ODP Systems and Timber Tech Framing – working on an apartment complex in Eugene, Oregon, will pay a collective $123,832 to 38 employees after investigators found numerous prevailing wage, overtime and illegal deductions violations,

June 12, 2020

Missouri Restaurant Pays Back Wages to Employees After Missing Payroll Due to Coronavirus Shutdown

KANSAS CITY, MO After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Plate Restaurant – based in Kansas City, Missouri – has paid 31 employees $42,534 in back wages after it was unable to make payroll, a violation of the Fair labor Standards Act (FLSA).

June 12, 2020

City of Highland Park, Michigan, Pays $49,181 in Back Wages to Four Police and Firefighters after U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

HIGHLAND PARK, MI After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the City of Highland Park, Michigan, has paid $49,181 in back wages to four current employees for violations of the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD also assessed the city $1,368 in penalties because of the repeat nature of the violations.

June 12, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Tennessee Plumbing Company Violated Federal Wage and Child Labor Laws

CLARKSVILLE, TN An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has led the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee to issue a consent order against a Clarksville, Tennessee-based employer for violating overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer will also pay a civil money penalty for a child labor violation.

June 11, 2020

Grocery Chain Pays $54,935 in Back Wages, Damages For Violating Federal Minimum Wage and Overtime Wage Laws in Georgia, South Carolina

SAVANNAH, GA After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Krishna Grocery – a grocery chain with stores in the southeastern U.S. – has paid $54,935 in back wages and liquidated damages to three employees for violating minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

June 11, 2020

Kentucky Contractor to Pay $101,558 in Back Wages, Penalties After U.S. Department of Labor Finds H-2B Visa Program Violations

RINEYVILLE, KY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges has signed an agreement between the department and E.C. Construction Inc. in which the company will pay $24,755 in civil penalties for its violations of H-2B visa program labor provisions. As a result of a Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, the Rineyville, Kentucky-based stonemason contractor will also pay four employees $76,803 in back wages.

June 10, 2020

Tennessee Manufacturer to Pay $134,799 in Back Wages to More Than 400 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime Violations

NEW TAZEWELL, TN After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Homesteader LLC – a trailer manufacturer based in New Tazewell, Tennessee – will pay $134,799 in back wages to 408 employees to resolve overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).