November 30, 2022

US Department of Labor extends deadline for West Virginia highway construction projects’ prevailing wage surveys to Dec. 18

CHARLESTON, WV – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division today announced an extension of the deadline for submitting prevailing wage survey by West Virginia’s highway construction industry employers to Dec. 18, 2022.

November 30, 2022

US Department of Labor obtains court judgment ordering Pennsylvania restaurant, owner to pay 68 employees $193K in back wages, damages

AVONDALE, PA – A federal court has approved a consent judgment ordering a Southeast Pennsylvania restaurant to pay a total of $193,817 to 68 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the employer denied all of the wages owed them by law.

November 30, 2022

Middlefield contractor faces more than $414K in fines for repeatedly failing to protect roofing employees from exposure to deadly fall hazards

MIDDLEFIELD, OH – Twice in six days in June 2022, federal safety inspectors observed a Middlefield roofing contractor exposing workers to deadly fall hazards at two separate job sites in Tallmadge and Columbia Station, continuing a pattern of disregard for workplace safety dating back to 2019.

November 29, 2022

OSHA grants first Ambassador Alliance Program status in region to El Paso Community College for continued commitment to safety, health

Participants: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration

El Paso Community College

OSHA First Ambassador Alliance Region 6

November 29, 2022

Cortes ordenan a cantera en Idaho pagar casi $1M en salarios atrasados y compensación por daños tras investigación del Departamento de Trabajo

BOISE, ID –Un tribunal federal y la Oficina de Jueces de Derecho Administrativo del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. ordenaron a una cantera de piedra de Oakley pagar $983,725 en salarios atrasados ​​y compensación por daños luego que investigadores del departamento encontraran que el empleador violó múltiples leyes laborales federales, negando a 60 trabajadores sus salarios legítimamente ganados.

November 29, 2022

Courts order Idaho quarry to pay nearly $1M in back wages, liquidated damages for 60 workers after investigation finds multiple labor violations

BOISE, ID – A federal court and the department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges have ordered an Oakley stone quarry to pay $983,725 in back wages and liquidated damages after U.S. Department of Labor investigators found that the employer violated multiple federal labor laws, which denied 60 workers their rightfully earned wages.

November 29, 2022

US Department of Labor finds overtime, tip violations; recovers $80K in back wages for 52 workers at 5 Carolina restaurants

Employers:                Fa Fa 318 LLC and Sanxi Inc., operators of Japan House restaurants

 

Investigation sites:   

1989 E. Main St., Suite A, Spartanburg, SC 29307

1703 John B. White Sr. Blvd., Suite C, Spartanburg, SC 29301

2252 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, SC 29316

November 29, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $12M cooperative agreement to strengthen labor rights, empower workers in Brazil, Colombia, Peru

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $12 million cooperative agreement to the American Center for International Labor Solidarity to strengthen democratic, independent workers’ organizations in Brazil, Colombia and Peru.

November 29, 2022

Roofing contractor continues to expose workers to potentially deadly fall hazards, US Department of Labor inspections in Appleton area find

APPLETON, WIAn Appleton contractor with a long history of exposing employees to dangerous fall hazards now faces $349,371 in additional penalties after U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors observed roofing workers at heights greater than 6 feet at risk of serious or fatal injuries at two Appleton-area jobsites in May and June 2022.

November 28, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $32K in back wages for 42 workers after Florida landscaper fails to pay required overtime rates

Employer:   Martinez Lawn & Irrigation Services Corp.

Investigation site:    320 Enterprise St., Ocoee, FL 34761

November 28, 2022

Federal court orders gas station operator to pay $226K in back pay, damages for six New Jersey gas station attendants denied full wages

Employers:                  

Point Pleasant Associates Inc., Owner Bidiawatie Singh and company officer Surjeet Singh                 

355 McKinley Ave. Edison, New Jersey 08050

November 23, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending November 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 240,000, an increase of 17,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 222,000 to 223,000. The 4-week moving average was 226,750, an increase of 5,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 221,000 to 221,250.

November 22, 2022

READOUT: Deputy Undersecretary of Labor Thea Lee visits Vietnam to resume labor dialogue; promote labor law reform, worker protections

WASHINGTON – Deputy Undersecretary of Labor for International Affairs Thea Lee visited Vietnam from Nov. 15 through 17, 2022, to resume a dialogue on labor issues that began in 2002.

November 22, 2022

Schaumburg, Illinois, contractor again found exposing workers to deadly trench cave-in hazards, this time at Broadview worksite

BROADVIEW, IL ‒ Federal safety investigators found a Schaumburg excavating contractor has again failed to follow federally mandated safety measures to protect workers from potentially deadly trenches cave-ins.

Trench collapses are among the construction industry’s most lethal hazards. In the first six months of 2022, OSHA reports 22 workers suffered fatal injuries in trenching and excavation work.

November 22, 2022

US Department of Labor announces final rule to remove barriers to considering environmental, social, governance factors in plan investments

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule that allows plan fiduciaries to consider climate change and other environmental, social and governance factors when they select retirement investments and exercise shareholder rights, such as proxy voting.

November 21, 2022

US Department of Labor, Cooper Health System enter agreement to resolve allegations of hiring, compensation discrimination

CAMDEN, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor and Cooper Health System have entered into a conciliation agreement to resolve alleged hiring and compensation discrimination at the teaching hospital and biomedical research facility in Camden.