July 12, 2024

Illinois contractor continues pattern of exposing construction workers to deadly fall hazards, employees observed in danger four times since January

SAVOY, IL – Federal workplace safety inspectors have cited an Illinois construction contractor for again exposing employees to falls from elevation — the industry’s leading cause of injury and death — as they did residential framing work, this time at four subdivisions under construction in Mahomet and Savoy in January, March and May 2024. 

July 11, 2024

El Departamento de Trabajo anuncia un acuerdo con Dollar General que exige inversiones en seguridad en las tiendas de todo el país

WASHINGTON – El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. ha anunciado hoy que su Administración de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional ha llegado a un acuerdo a nivel corporativo con Dollar General y sus filiales minoristas para realizar importantes mejoras de seguridad en el lugar de trabajo en las tiendas de todo el país.

July 11, 2024

Department of Labor announces settlement with Dollar General requiring corporate-wide safety investments in stores nationwide

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration has entered into a corporate-wide settlement with Dollar General and its retail subsidiaries to make significant workplace safety improvements in stores nationwide. 

July 11, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $45K in back wages, damages for 14 workers denied overtime pay by Walnut Creek restaurant

Employer:      El Molino Taqueria 

                             2228 Oak Grove Road

                             Walnut Creek, CA 94598

July 11, 2024

US Department of Labor files complaint, seeks contempt order after owner of 8 Indianapolis home healthcare companies defies court, continues violations

INDIANAPOLIS – Despite a 2022 federal court judgment requiring him to pay his employees overtime, Tim Paul — owner of eight Indianapolis-area healthcare services companies — continues to use improper pay practices, the U.S. Department of Labor alleges in its request that a federal court hold the employer in contempt for ignoring the 2022 decision.

July 11, 2024

Department of Labor cites severe safety violator again after inspection finds workers at Vinton steel plant exposed to serious workplace hazards

EL PASO, TX – Two years after the U.S. Department of Labor added Kyoei Steel LTD to its program for severe violators of federal safety and health regulations, inspectors returned for a follow-up inspection at the Vinton steel fabrication and recycling facility and again found the company endangering its workers.

July 11, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $48K in back wages, damages for 18 cooks at two Davenport restaurants

Employer:      El Compita Mexican Bar and Grill

                            14010 112th Ave., Davenport, IA 52804                         

July 11, 2024

Biden-Harris administration awards over $244M to modernize, diversify, expand Registered Apprenticeships in growing industries

WASHINGTON – The Biden-Harris administration is today making the largest combined federal investment in Registered Apprenticeships as the Department of Labor awards more than $244 million through two grant programs to help modernize, diversify and expand the Registered Apprenticeship system in growing U.S. industries. 

July 11, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 222,000, a decrease of 17,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 238,000 to 239,000. The 4-week moving average was 233,500, a decrease of 5,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 238,500 to 238,750.

July 11, 2024

Department of Labor cites Connecticut contractor for workplace safety violations found in fatal New Canaan trench cave-in investigation

BRIDGEPORT, CT – An Easton concrete and earthwork contractor could have prevented an employee repairing an underground water line from suffering fatal injuries in a December 2023 trench collapse at a New Canaan work site but failed to follow federal safety standards for excavations.

July 10, 2024

Department of Labor seeks court order to end IT staffing agency practices that exploit workers through a system akin to modern-day indentured servitude

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor has asked a federal court to stop improper employment practices by a Virginia-based IT staffing agency that bind employees to their jobs, extract huge sums from them if they leave the firm and forbid them from engaging in protected activity under federal law.

July 10, 2024

US Department of Labor awards more than $39M in grants to expand, diversify state Registered Apprenticeship programs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $39 million in grants to 46 states and territories to increase the capacity of Registered Apprenticeship programs across key industries and provide workers with access to the new, good-paying jobs created under the Biden-Harris administration’s Investing in America agenda.

July 10, 2024

Department of Labor recovers $172K for 21 restaurant workers after investigation finds Richmond restaurant denied overtime wages

Employer:                             

Chicanos Inc., operating as Chicanos Cocina Bar and Grill

Investigation site:                  

523 E. Main St., Richmond, VA

July 10, 2024

US Department of Labor announces up to $1M in Brookwood-Sago grants available to promote mine safety, health education; training

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced up to $1 million in funding available in Brookwood-Sago grants to support the delivery of education and training to the nation’s mining community to help them identify, avoid and prevent unsafe and unhealthy working conditions.

July 10, 2024

Investigations find contractor repeatedly put employees in unguarded trenches that collapsed, trapped, injured workers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island

BOSTON – Twice in less than three months in late 2023, a Boston waterproofing contractor exposed employees to life-threatening cave-ins and excavation hazards at residential worksites in Arlington, Massachusetts, and Warwick, Rhode Island, federal workplace safety investigators found.

July 9, 2024

US Department of Labor finds Alabama concrete contractor failed to protect 65-year-old employee fatally struck by 4-ton container near Tuscaloosa

MOUNDVILLE, AL – A U.S. Department of Labor workplace safety investigation has found an industrial concrete construction contractor failed to follow required safety procedures that could have prevented a 65-year-old worker from suffering fatal injuries when a shipping container weighing more than four tons fell and struck the employee at a job site near Tuscaloosa.

July 9, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $110K in back wages, damages for 46 workers whose New Orleans employer withheld overtime pay

Employer name:                Southern Care Connection LLC, operating as #1 in Homecare

Investigation site:            1539 Jackson Ave., Suite 120

                                                    New Orleans, LA 70130   

July 9, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $912K in back wages, withheld tips, liquidated damages for 44 employees of New Hampshire taproom

MANCHESTER, NH – A federal investigation has recovered $912,594 for 44 employees of a Londonderry brewery and restaurant that illegally kept workers’ credit card tips and incorrectly exempted several salaried employees, such as brewers, bartenders, cooks and administrative staff from overtime pay requirements.

July 8, 2024

Four years after double fatality, Houston-area tank cleaning contractor cited for same hazards that claimed another employee’s life

HOUSTON A La Porte tank cleaning company again chose to disregard federal safety standards that may have protected their employees from hazardous working conditions and prevented another employee from suffering a fatal injury. In December 2023, just two days before Christmas, the wife and son of an employee at the company grew concerned when he didn’t return after his shift. Later that day, he was found unresponsive.