News Releases

October 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Aeronautical Federal Contractor Paying $951,456 to 1,109 Employees Nationwide

POWAY, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. – a Poway, California-based federal contactor providing aircraft systems and services to the U.S. Army – will pay $951,456 to 1,109 employees nationwide for violating the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).

October 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Mississippi Contractor for Exposing Employees to Cave-In and Other Excavation Hazards

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Graham Construction Co. Inc. for exposing employees to trenching hazards after inspectors observed employees installing water lines in an unprotected excavation at a work site in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The contractor faces $161,771 in penalties.

October 10, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending October 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 210,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 219,000 to 220,000. The 4-week moving average was 213,750, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 212,500 to 212,750.

October 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Dollar Tree Stores For Storage and Exit Hazards at New York Location

SYRACUSE, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Dollar Tree Stores Inc. for unsafe storage of material, obstructed exit routes and blocked electrical panels at the discount retailer's Elmira, New York, store. The Chesapeake, Virginia-based retailer faces $208,368 in proposed penalties.

October 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant to Mississippi in Response to Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an opioid-crisis National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant for up to $4,710,000, with $2,134,933 released initially, to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The grant will support disaster-relief jobs and provide employment services to eligible individuals in Mississippi affected by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose.

October 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Minnesota Foundry Paying Engineer $190,357 for H-1B Visa Violations

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and after a failed appeal to the Department’s Administrative Review Board (ARB), ME Global Inc. – a steel foundry based in Columbia Heights, Minnesota – has paid a former employee $190,357 in back wages and interest for violating the labor provisions of the H-1B visa program.

October 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Concrete Facility for Exposing Employees to Multiple Health and Safety Hazards

MOUNT VERNON, OH ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Prestress Services Industries of Ohio LLC for 20 safety and health violations at the concrete production plant in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The company faces penalties of $158,555.

October 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and Massachusetts Brewers Guild Form Alliance To Promote Workplace Safety and Health for Employees

BRAINTREE, MA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards/OSHA Consultation (DLS), and the Mass Brewers Guild (MBG), have formed an alliance to protect the safety and health of employees in the Massachusetts brewing industry. MBG comprises 190 brewpubs, farm breweries and manufacturers.

October 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in West Virginia Laundry Service Paying $66,641 in Back Wages and Damages

FAIRMONT, WV – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Superior Industrial Laundries Inc. – a commercial laundry facility based in Fairmont, West Virginia – has paid $66,641 in back wages and liquidated damages to 36 employees to resolve overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Foundry for Exposing Employees To Crystalline Silica, Falls and Amputation Hazards

DELAWARE, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Liberty Casting Company for exposing employees to crystalline silica above the permissible exposure levels at the Delaware, Ohio, foundry. The company faces $270,048 in proposed penalties for three repeated and 18 serious health violations.

October 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Offer Seminar for Agricultural Employers, October 16 and 17, 2019

EDINBURG, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will hold a compliance seminar for agricultural employers in Edinburg, Texas, on October 16 and 17, 2019.

October 8, 2019

Southern California Security Service to Pay Employees $309,189 For Overtime Violations Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

WEST COVINA, CA – After a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, GI Security Inc. – based in West Covina, California – will pay $309,189 to 126 employees for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

October 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Foundry for Exposing Employees To Crystalline Silica, Falls and Amputation Hazards

DELAWARE, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Liberty Casting Company for exposing employees to crystalline silica above the permissible exposure levels at the Delaware, Ohio, foundry. The company faces $270,048 in proposed penalties for three repeated and 18 serious health violations.

October 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Tipped Employees

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced a proposed rule for tip provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) implementing provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (CAA). The proposal would also codify existing Wage and Hour Division (WHD) guidance into a rule.

October 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Missouri Food Flavoring Manufacturer For Workplace Safety Violations After Fatality

GREENVILLE, MO – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Kerry Inc. for failing to provide fall protection to employees working in the company's facility in Greenville, Missouri. The food flavoring company faces $223,525 in penalties for one willful and eight serious safety violations.

October 4, 2019

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia on the September Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued the following statement on the September 2019 Employment Situation report:

"In September, the unemployment rate dropped to a 50-year low at 3.5%. This was the nineteenth straight month that the unemployment rate has been at or below 4%.

October 3, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Missouri Food Flavoring Manufacturer For Workplace Safety Violations After Fatality

GREENVILLE, MO – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Kerry Inc. for failing to provide fall protection to employees working in the company's facility in Greenville, Missouri. The food flavoring company faces $223,525 in penalties for one willful and eight serious safety violations.

October 3, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule For Unemployment Insurance Drug Testing

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today published a final rule that provides greater clarity and flexibility to states as they identify the occupations for which they will conduct drug testing in the unemployment insurance (UI) program.  

October 3, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending September 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 219,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 213,000 to 215,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,500, unchanged from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 212,000 to 212,500.

October 2, 2019

After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation, Court Orders Massachusetts Restaurants to Pay $392,392 in Back Wages, Damages and Penalties

BOSTON, MA – After a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has entered a consent judgment and order requiring three Massachusetts restaurants and two of their owners to pay $355,944 in back wages and liquidated damages to 52 employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). They will also pay a civil money penalty of $36,448 because their violations were willful and repeated.