News Releases

September 12, 2019

Tennessee Management Company Pays $45,378 for Overtime Violations Found by U.S. Department of Labor in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina

NASHVILLE, TN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Accelerated Learning Solutions Inc. – a school management company based in Nashville, Tennessee – has paid $45,378 in back wages to 59 employees for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

September 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Michigan Health Care Providers Paying $400,000 in Back Wages to 476 Employees

DETROIT, MI – Two Detroit area residential care facilities operated by Beaumont Health will pay $400,007 in back wages to 476 employees after investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the employer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime and recordkeeping provisions. Investigators determined 283 employees at Beaumont Commons in Dearborn, Michigan, are due $250,659 in back wages, and 193 employees at Botsford Commons in Farmington Hills, Michigan, are due $149,348.

September 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Files Contempt Petition Against Massachusetts Companies Ordered to Pay $2.4 Million in Back Wages, Damages

BOSTON, MA – The U.S. Department of Labor has asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to hold two Massachusetts construction companies and two of their officers in civil contempt for not fulfilling the terms of an August 2016 consent judgment and order that requires them to pay $2,359,685 in back wages and liquidated damages to 478 employees.

September 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Pennsylvania Restaurant Violated Federal Wage Laws

OAKDALE, PA – Burke Inc. – doing business as Pepperoncini's Pub in Oakdale, Pennsylvania – has paid $12,034 in back wages, and an equal amount in liquidated damages to four employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated the overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

September 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Auto Parts Manufacturer Reinstating, Paying Employee for Family and Medical Leave Act Violations

ROME, GA – After a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, Neaton Rome Inc. – an automobile parts manufacturer based in Rome, Georgia – has reinstated and paid an employee $13,133 in lost wages as WHD found the employer terminated the employee in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

September 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in New York Gas Station Paying $262,151 in Back Wages, Damages and Penalties

NEW YORK, NY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), E-Z Station Inc. - operator of a Mobil gas station in Long Island City, New York - has paid seven employees $129,722 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid $2,706 in penalties.

September 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Three New Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has issued three new opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the individual person or entity that requested the letter.

The opinion letters issued today are:

September 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Actions to Assist Americans Impacted By Hurricane Dorian

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced actions it is taking to assist Americans in states affected by Hurricane Dorian.

"The U.S. Department of Labor is actively engaged in Administration-wide efforts to help those impacted by Hurricane Dorian," said Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella. "As Americans from across the country rally to help each other, the Department of Labor is committed to supporting recovery efforts."

U.S. Department of Labor actions taken regarding Hurricane Dorian include the following:

September 5, 2019

Nursing Care Facilities Pay $261,418 in Back Wages, Penalties, and Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

PROVIDENCE, RI – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, three Rhode Island nursing care facilities have paid $192,622 in back wages and liquidated damages to 89 employees to resolve violations of the overtime and minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The facilities also paid $68,796 in civil penalties, while their parent company has agreed to FLSA compliance at all its locations.

August 28, 2019

Mississippi Healthcare Provider to Pay $147,622 in Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime Violations

PICAYUNE, MS – Maxem Health Urgent Care will pay $147,622 in wages to 16 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the operator of two Mississippi health care facilities violated the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Mississippi Subcontractor Violated Federal Contract Requirements at Veterans Affairs Work Site

BILOXI, MS – Doleac Electrical Co. Inc. – based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi – has paid $37,060 in back wages to 32 employees to remedy Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) violations found by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

August 27, 2019

Michigan Landscaping Company Pays $97,286 in Back Wages And $48,241 in Penalties for Violations of H-2B Visa Program

TROY, MI – The U.S. Department of Labor has found Twin Pines Landscaping Inc. – based in Troy, Michigan – in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program. An investigation by the Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the landscaping company failed to pay overtime, failed to pay required prevailing wages, and offered more favorable employment terms to temporary foreign employees than to U.S. workers.

August 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Three Mississippi Restaurants Paying $50,338 in Wages

JACKSON, MS – Three restaurants in Madison, Ridgeland, and Flowood, Mississippi, have paid $50,338 in back wages to 229 employees after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) determined the employers violated requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 26, 2019

Lockheed Martin Corp. Pays $327,271 in Back Wages and Damages To Employees at Florida Work Site after U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

CRESTVIEW, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Lockheed Martin Corp. has paid $327,271 in back wages and liquidated damages to 20 employees for violating provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) at a Crestview, Florida, work site.

August 26, 2019

Mississippi Head Start Agency Pays $62,603 in Back Wages to 33 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations

NATCHEZ, MS – AJFC Community Action Inc. – a Natchez, Mississippi-based non-profit agency providing Head Start services to children – has paid $62,603 in back wages to 33 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation identified overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 26, 2019

Florida Agriculture Employer Pays Wages and Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Wage Violations

MOUNT DORA, FL - After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), AG Labor LLC – based in Plant City, Florida – has paid $16,332 in back wages and damages to 44 employees for violating requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the H-2A visa program. The employer also paid $2,082 in civil money penalties for the H-2A violations.

August 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigations Find Overtime Wage And Child Labor Violations at 11 Central Florida Pizzerias

ORLANDO, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Flipper's Pizza T. & B. Inc. – operating 11 Central Florida Flippers Pizzeria restaurants – has paid $27,425 in back wages to 70 employees for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid $1,810 in civil money penalties for a child labor violation.

August 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Michigan Masonry Company Paying $130,788 in Back Wages to 58 Employees

CLINTON TWP, MI – Brickworks Property Restoration – a masonry company based in Clinton Township, Michigan – will pay $130,788 in back wages to 58 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the employer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime and recordkeeping provisions.

August 23, 2019

Southern California Software Company Pays $48,193 to Employee After U.S. Department of Labor Finds H-1B Visa Program Violations

GLENDALE, CA – A Glendale, California, software engineering company has paid $48,193 to one employee after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated labor provisions of the H-1B foreign labor certification program.  

WHD investigators found Assigncorp failed to provide work for the employee – as required by the visa program – when business slowed, and did not pay the hourly rate required in the program's Labor Certification Application (LCA) for this idle time, a violation of federal law.

August 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Arizona Medical Clinic Being Cited $15,000 for Illegally Requesting Polygraph Tests

PHOENIX, AZ –An Administrative Law Judge in the Department of Labor ordered West Valley Ear, Nose and Throat – a medical clinic based in Phoenix, Arizona – to pay $15,000 in civil penalties after the employer violated federal law by requesting that five employees submit to polygraph tests.