January 21, 2022

READOUT: Secretary Walsh addresses US Conference of Mayors' Winter Meeting

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh unveiled the Department of Labor’s “Good Jobs” initiative, a coordinated effort by Biden-Harris administration to improve job quality nationwide, during a speech today at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 90th Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.

January 21, 2022

US Secretary of Labor announces Biden-Harris administration’s coordinated effort to improve job quality nationwide

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh today announced an initiative aimed at improving job quality throughout the country. The “Good Jobs” initiative, led by the Department of Labor, will provide critical information to workers, employers and government entities as they seek to improve job quality, and create access to good union jobs – free from discrimination and harassment – for all workers and job seekers.

January 21, 2022

Federal court paves way for 16 employees of defunct Bay Area construction company to access $1M in retirement assets

SAN FRANCISCO – Sixteen people participating in an employee retirement plan sponsored by a now defunct Danville construction company will receive distributions of almost $1 million in assets following an investigation and litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

January 21, 2022

US Department of Labor files suit after investigation finds federal contractor failed to ensure subcontractors paid $3.3M in wages, fringe benefits

DES MOINES, IA – The U.S. Department of Labor filed suit against a federal contractor that failed to ensure its subcontractors paid 3,964 employees as required at 88 Iowa sites, resulting in $3,348,543 in prevailing wage, overtime and fringe benefit back wages due. The employees removed poultry waste potentially infected with avian flu from the sites.

January 20, 2022

US Department of Labor conducts outreach, enforcement to ensure wage and hour compliance as cleanup continues after December tornadoes in Kentucky

Who:               Wage and Hour Division

What:             Outreach assistance and enforcement action after December 2021 tornadoes

When:             Jan. 24-28, 2022

Where:           Mayfield, Kentucky

January 20, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 286,000, an increase of 55,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 230,000 to 231,000. The 4-week moving average was 231,000, an increase of 20,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 210,750 to 211,000.

January 19, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. presenta una demanda contra una empresa de San Antonio para recuperar $114,000 en salarios atrasados por horas extras, daños y perjuicios para 79 guardias de seguridad

SAN ANTONIO - Las prácticas salariales de una empresa de San Antonio que contrata exclusivamente a veteranos militares para trabajar como guardias de seguridad violaron la ley federal y pagaron $57,465 a 79 empleados en salarios atrasados por horas extras, tras una reciente investigación del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU.<

January 19, 2022

US Department of Labor files lawsuit against San Antonio company seeking $114K in overtime back wages, damages for 79 security guards

SAN ANTONIO – The pay practices of a San Antonio company that exclusively hires military veterans to work as security guards violated federal law and shortchanged 79 employees of $57,465 in overtime back wages, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found.  

January 19, 2022

US Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission unveil ‘HIRE’ initiative to advance equal opportunity at work

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today launched the Hiring Initiative to Reimagine Equity with a roundtable discussion reflecting on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Florida company after worker clearing brush dies as temperatures neared 100 degrees in national forest

NORTH PORT, FL – Working in the recesses of Apalachicola National Forest on a July day as temperatures neared 100 degrees, the supervisor of two crews hired to clear invasive plants saw one 42-year-old worker was sweating heavily, his hands were trembling, and he seemed confused, unable to respond to commands.

January 18, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers nearly $25K in back wages, damages for 26 workers at Pittsburgh home health service company

Employer Name:              Three Rivers Home Care LLC

Employer Address:          3629 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh 15227

Company Description:     Home health services company

January 18, 2022

Idaho painting contractor pays $81K in back wages, liquidated damages to 35 workers shortchanged by illegal pay practices

CALDWELL, ID – A U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigation found a painting contractor in Idaho failed to pay workers overtime wages, and failed to keep accurate records of employees’ earnings, both violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

January 18, 2022

US Department of Labor finds Charleston Walgreens store employed 12-year-old worker in violation of child labor laws

CHARLESTON, SC A Charleston Walgreens failed to comply with federal labor laws setting minimum age standards and limiting the number of hours and times a minor-aged employee can work. This led the U.S. Department of Labor to assess a civil money penalty to the Walgreens location, part of the nation’s second largest pharmacy store chain.

January 14, 2022

Departments of Labor and Education, Federal Communications Commission, National Telecommunications and Information Administration announce members of Telecommunications Workforce Working Group

WASHINGTON – The Department of Labor, Department of Education, Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration today announced the members of a cross-agency working group that will collaborate to identify the current and future needs of the telecommunications industry workforce, including the safety of that workforce.

January 14, 2022

West Virginia nursing care facility pays $270K in back wages, damages to 166 workers following US Department of Labor investigation

PRINCETON, WV – A federal investigation recovered $270,984 in back wages and liquidated damages for 166 workers of a Princeton skilled nursing care facility. The employer failed to pay proper overtime as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

January 14, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Ohio auto-parts supplier after employee dies, several hospitalized following coronavirus exposure at Sanoh America

MOUNT VERNON, OH – Responding to a complaint that a Mount Vernon auto-parts supplier was ignoring guidelines to limit employee exposure to the coronavirus and that several employees were sick, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found the company did not enforce its own policy or federal guidelines on social distancing and mask wearing.

January 14, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Montefiore Medical Center for inadequate workplace violence safeguards for employees

NEW YORK – Registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, patient care technicians and security officers provide essential services in healthcare settings. Their work also exposes them to various on-the-job hazards, including assault and other forms of workplace violence. When such hazards exist, employers must develop and maintain an effective workplace violence prevention program.

January 14, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Watertown, Connecticut, manufacturer for 48 safety, health violations following employee’s death

HARTFORD, CT– An employee of a Watertown metal fabrication company was electrocuted on July 14, 2021, while repairing a portable water heater. An inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that his employer, PM Engineered Solutions Inc., lacked safeguards to protect employees against electrocution, as well as mechanical, chemical, fall and other electrical hazards.

January 13, 2022

Un tribunal ordena a un entrenador de caballos de Long Island y a el establo que paguen $132,000 a 52 empleados después de que el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. descubriera el robo de salarios y la falsificación de registros.

NUEVA YORK - Un tribunal federal ha ordenado a un importante establo de caballos pura sangre de Long Island y a su propietario que paguen un total de $132,631 por concepto de salarios atrasados y por daños y perjuicios a 52 mozos de cuadra y mozos de pista en varios lugares, incluyendo los hipódromos de Belmont y Aqueduct. El propietario del establo no pagó a los trabajadores los salarios por horas extras que ganaban.

January 13, 2022

Statement from Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh on Supreme Court ruling on OSHA emergency temporary standard on vaccination, testing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling on the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency temporary standard on vaccination and testing: