July 6, 2022

US Department of Labor seeks Maine building construction industry’s input for wage survey to establish accurate prevailing wage rates

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is asking Maine’s building construction industry to participate in a survey to help the agency establish prevailing wage rates, as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

July 5, 2022

US Department of Labor investigation recovers $124K for 40 workers of Hampton Beach clothing retailer, assesses $18K in penalties

MANCHESTER, NH – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has recovered $123,750 in back wages and liquidated damages for 40 workers of a Hampton Beach clothing retailer after finding the employer paid some employees cash off the books and paid straight time for overtime for hours over 40 in a workweek.

July 5, 2022

Federal inspection finds Dollar General store in Greencastle again exposes workers to safety hazards despite 2021 citations, penalties

GREENCASTLE, PA – For the second time in a year, the U.S. Department of Labor has cited a Dollar General store in Greencastle for endangering its workers’ safety and continuing the nationwide discount chain’s long history of federal workplace safety violations and penalties.

July 1, 2022

US Department of Labor finds worker suffered serious internal injuries because employer ignored machine safety procedures

SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX – A federal workplace safety investigation found that a temporary worker suffered serious injuries on Jan. 3, 2022, after being struck by a large mold at a Texas concrete polymer manufacturing company. It was determined that the employer failed to install machine guards that would have prevented the incident.

July 1, 2022

Statement by Secretary Walsh on termination of Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Program

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement regarding the termination of the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Program:

July 1, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $285K in back wages for 313 workers of two Morton poultry processing plants that denied them their full wages

MORTON, MS Work in a poultry processing plant is hard: the hours are often long and the jobs expose workers to serious safety and health hazards. In return for subjecting themselves to high noise levels, dangerous equipment, slippery floors, hazardous chemicals and biological dangers, and the common risks of musculoskeletal disorders, a Mississippi worker’s mean annual wage is less than $30,000.

June 30, 2022

Following court order, Indianapolis security company pays $370K in back wages, damages to 215 workers after US Labor Department investigation

INDIANAPOLIS – Overtime wages owed to 215 security professionals who patrol Indianapolis International Airport’s grounds, guard local businesses, and provide round-the-clock traffic control in the area were paid following an investigation and litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

June 30, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $117K for servers after investigation finds restaurants illegally shared tips with managers, supervisors

HONOLULU – A federal investigation has recovered $117,710 in back wages and liquidated damages for 70 workers of a restaurant group in Hawaii that required servers to share their tips with managers, after the employer reduced managers’ salaries by at least 25 percent. The restaurant operators attempted to make up for the reduction in managers’ salaries by drawing from tipped workers’ wages, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

June 30, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $62K in back wages, damages for 22 Alabama gas station cashiers denied full overtime wages

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor recovered $62,568 in back wages and liquidated damages for 22 current and former cashiers of two Alabama gas stations whose operator denied them their full wages by paying them overtime at rates lower than the law requires.

June 30, 2022

Readout: US Department of Labor webinar discusses gender-based discrimination, violence, harassment; barriers to women’s fair rights, equal opportunities

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor marked the 50th anniversary of the enactment of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 with a roundtable discussion at its “Celebrating Title IX” webinar hosted by the department’s Women’s Bureau.

June 30, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Orange Park contractor after collapsed roof claims life of 43-year-old laborer

MIDDLEBURG, FL – A U.S. Department of Labor investigation into a roof collapse that caused a 43-year-old laborer’s fatal injuries at a Middleburg work site on Dec. 13, 2021, found the employer failed to follow required safety standards that might have prevented the incident.

June 30, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $247,000 en salarios atrasados y daños y perjuicios para 15 trabajadores de una empresa de construcción de oleoductos a quienes se les negó ilegalmente el pago de las horas extras

CENTER, TX –  Una investigación federal recuperó $247,334 en salarios atrasados y daños y perjuicios para 15 trabajadores de una empresa de construcción de oleoductos de Texas a quienes se les negó su salario completo, incluidas las horas extras. Los trabajadores estaban empleados en las obras de la empresa en Luisiana, Oklahoma y Texas.

June 30, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $17K in restaurant workers’ tips after employer kept, used them to pay wages, expenses

Employer:                                          Smoky Hearth LLC

Investigation site:                             16607 Champion Way #100

                                                                     Sandy, OR 97055

June 30, 2022

US Labor Department recovers $247K in back wages, damages for 15 workers of oil pipeline construction company that illegally denied them overtime

CENTER, TX – A federal investigation recovered $247,334 in back wages and liquidated damages for 15 workers of a Texas oil pipeline construction company whose pay practices denied them their full wages, including overtime. The workers were employed at the company’s Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas job sites.

June 30, 2022

US Department of Labor announces additional partners to deliver employment assistance to transitioning service members, spouses

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced its Veterans’ Employment and Training Service has signed a memorandum of understanding with eight organizations to serve as partners in support of VETS’ Employment Navigator and Partnership Pilot.

June 30, 2022

US Department of Labor proposes $315K more in fines for Ohio vehicle parts manufacturer that continues to expose workers to dangerous machine hazards

CONNEAUT, OH – An Ohio aluminum vehicle parts manufacturer cited for safety and health violations after a worker in Ravenna suffered fatal injuries in March 2021, continues to put workers at risk.

June 30, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending June 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 231,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 4,000 from 229,000 to 233,000. The 4-week moving average was 231,750, an increase of 7,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 223,500 to 224,500.

June 29, 2022

Readout: US Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission host HIRE Roundtable on making workplaces more inclusive

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hosted an online discussion on June 28, 2022, on skills-based hiring to promote equal employment opportunity in the workplace.

June 29, 2022

US Department of Labor investigation of 21-year-old worker’s fatal fall finds Burleson roofing contractor again ignored fall safety requirement

HOUSTON – On Jan. 26, 2022, a 21-year-old roofing worker suffered fatal injuries after falling about 30 feet through a skylight atop a Houston building, a fatality that a Burleson contractor could have been prevented if they had heeded a U.S. Department of Labor citation issued one month earlier.