October 7, 2021

US Department of Labor, Serco Inc. agree to resolve alleged compensation discrimination identified against female IT workers

HERNDON, VA – A federal contractor in Herndon that provides professional, technology and management services has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to resolve allegations that the company paid female information technology professionals less than the company paid their male counterparts.

October 7, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending October 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 326,000, a decrease of 38,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 362,000 to 364,000. The 4-week moving average was 344,000, an increase of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 340,000 to 340,500.

October 6, 2021

US Department of Labor, Thomson Reuters Corp. agree to resolve alleged gender, race-based pay discrimination at New York headquarters

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a conciliation agreement with Thomson Reuters Corp. to resolve alleged pay discrimination in the company’s U.S. headquarters office in New York.

October 6, 2021

US Department of Labor proposes $300K in fines after inspection finds workers endangered at Missouri nutrition production plant

VERONA, MO – Two complaints of unsafe working conditions at a Verona nutrition production plant led federal safety and health inspectors to investigate allegations of worker exposure to multiple safety and health hazards, including toxic substances, combustible dust and moving machinery parts.

October 6, 2021

US Department of Labor, Aecom reach Conciliation Agreement to resolve alleged hiring discrimination by federal contractor in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Aecom Management Services have entered into an Early Resolution Conciliation Agreement to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at its Virginia Beach location. 

October 5, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $27K in back wages, penalties after finding Kailua gas station violated overtime rules willfully

HONOLULU – A Kailua gas and service station’s reckless disregard for compliance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act has led to the recovery of $22,851 for five service technicians and cashiers denied overtime they earned when they worked more than 40 hours in a workweek.

October 5, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $25K for Akron retirement plan after investigation finds company owner failed to forward contributions

AKRON, OH – After failing to timely forward $23,287 in employer contributions and employee payroll-deducted retirement contributions to his company’s individual retirement plan, an Akron business owner has been banned by a federal court from serving as a fiduciary in the future.

October 5, 2021

US Department of Labor cites Valmont Coatings for exposing workersto crushing, other safety hazards after investigation into employee’s death

CLAREMORE, OK – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration following the death of a 19-year-old worker at a Valmont Coatings’ facility in Claremore found the company failed to use proper rigging equipment and perform inspections and maintenance on cranes. The worker was attaching multiple small steel I-beams to a large lifting fixture when the entire assembly fell on him.

October 5, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $94K for 8 laborers after investigation finds Detroit area contractor failed to pay prevailing wages, fringe benefits

CHESTERFIELD, MI – A Chesterfield electrical subcontractor violated the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts by paying electricians, laborers and apprentices on a federal construction project less than the required prevailing wage rates and benefits.

October 5, 2021

US Department of Labor proposes $136K in fines after worker at Tootsie Roll manufacturing plant suffers amputation injury

CHICAGO – A 48-year-old worker for Tootsie Roll Industries LLC suffered a partial finger amputation after their employer allowed bypassed safety locks on a machine’s access doors that enabled a bag sealer to close on an employee’s finger.

October 4, 2021

US Department of Labor announces $5M in funding opportunity to combat forced, child labor abuses in Mexico’s tomato, chile pepper sectors

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today an availability of up to $5 million in grant funding to support core standards to combat labor abuses by employers in Mexico’s tomato and chile pepper sectors’ supply chains. Mexico is the world’s largest exporter of tomatoes and chile peppers.

October 4, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $21K in back wages for workers after finding Saipan wholesaler violated minimum wage, overtime rules

SAIPAN – A Saipan dry food, spice and canned food wholesaler paid four workers a fixed, “off-the-books” cash salary that dropped their regular hourly wage below the required federal $7.25 minimum wage rate, and denied them overtime when they worked more than 40 hours in a workweek, a federal investigation has found.

October 4, 2021

US Labor Department, IBM enter agreement to resolve alleged gender-based pay discrimination at Washington location

WASHINGTONThe U.S. Department of Labor and IBM US Public Service GBS have entered into a conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of gender-based pay discrimination within the federal contractor’s Functional Affirmative Action Program (FAAP) unit.

October 4, 2021

AstraZeneca agrees to pay $560K to resolve alleged race, gender-based pay discrimination at Wilmington, Delaware facility

AstraZeneca agrees to pay $560K to resolve alleged race, gender-based pay discrimination at Wilmington, Delaware facility

October 4, 2021

US Department of Labor, Regus Management Group reach agreement to resolve alleged race- and gender-based hiring discrimination nationwide

DALLAS – The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a conciliation agreement with Regus Management Group LLC, a leading global workspace provider, to resolve allegations of systemic race- and gender-based hiring discrimination at its facilities nationwide.

October 1, 2021

Federal court enters judgment affirming US Department of Labor finding oil, energy services employer misclassified 700 Pennsylvania workers

PITTSBURGH – A federal court in Pittsburgh has entered a consent judgment in which a company that provided land services for the oil and gas industry admitted liability for more than $40 million in back wages and damages after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found Fair Labor Standards Act violations.

September 30, 2021

Biden-Harris administration issues third rule to implement No Surprises Act, protect Americans from surprise medical bills

WASHINGTON The Biden-Harris administration – through the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Treasury and the Office of Personnel Management – today issued an interim final rule with comment period to continue implementation of the No Surprises Act, a consumer protection law that helps curb the practice known as “surprise billing” for medical care.

September 30, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Tampa smelter willfully exposed workers to unsafe levels of airborne lead, despite experts’ warning

TAMPA, FL – Despite warnings since March 2020 of unsafe measures of lead exposure, a Tampa battery recycling facility and smelter failed to make changes that resulted in worker exposure to lead inhalation hazards, a federal workplace safety investigation found.

September 30, 2021

US Department of Labor awards $195.7M in grants to 58 states, territories, District of Columbia to strengthen fraud detection, prevention efforts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced the recent awards of $195.7 million in grant funding to states and territories, and the District of Columbia to help them detect and combat fraud in their unemployment insurance programs.

September 30, 2021

US Department of Labor finds none of the nation’s mine operations met criteria for a pattern of violations

WASHINGTON – For the seventh year in a row, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration found none of the nation’s 12,000 mining operations met the criteria for one of the agency’s toughest enforcement tools, its pattern of violations screening.