January 15, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Fines Ohio Roofing Contractor

WATERVILLE, OHIO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Casey Bortles – a roofing contractor based in Holland, Ohio – for exposing employees to falls. OSHA proposed penalties totaling $242,534.

January 15, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Popular Seattle Restaurant Paying $419,459 in Back Wages, Damages

SEATTLE, WA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Tacos Chukis – a restaurant with four locations in Seattle, Washington – has paid $419,459 to 92 employees to resolve violations of overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 15, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Vinyl Flooring Manufacturer For Machine Hazards Following Worker Amputation

FOSTORIA, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Nox U.S. LLC for exposing employees to machine hazards and failing to develop hazardous energy control procedures to prevent employees from coming into contact with moving machine parts.

January 15, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks Innovative Ideas to Improve Employment Outcomes for Youth Receiving Supplemental Security Income

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) today announced a new competitive initiative to identify and evaluate potential solutions to improve employment outcomes for young adults ages 14 to 24 who apply for or receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

January 14, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes $1,007,717 in Fines Against North Florida Roofing Contractor for Egregious Fall Hazards

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Florida Roofing Experts Inc. – a Jacksonville, Florida, roofing contractor owned by Travis Slaughter – for failing to protect workers from falls at two work sites in Fleming Island and one in Middleburg, Florida. Florida Roofing Experts Inc. faces penalties totaling $1,007,717.

January 13, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Highlights Workforce Development In Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia toured Pulverman Manufacturing and participated in a roundtable discussion with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Secretary Scalia underscored the Administration's focus on training workers for jobs of the future as well as the positive impact the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will have on the region's economy.

January 13, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor and Avalon Bay Communities Partner To Promote Worker Safety on Massachusetts Construction Project

WOBURN, MA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety, and Avalon Bay Communities have partnered to promote worker safety at the Avalon Woburn construction project in Woburn, Massachusetts.

January 12, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule To Update FLSA’s Joint Employer Regulations

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to update the regulations interpreting joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). They have not been meaningfully updated in over 60 years.

January 11, 2020

Commemorating National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs Martha Newton released the following statement recognizing National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

January 10, 2020

Florida Roofing Contractor Found in Contempt after Failing to Pay $2,202,049 in Penalties for Safety and Health Violations

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has found a Jacksonville, Florida-based roofing contractor in contempt of court for failing to pay $2,202,049 in penalties assessed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety and health violations at worksites in Florida.

January 10, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Forms Alliance with Boise School District To Promote Workplace Safety and Health

BOISE, ID – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a two-year alliance with the Boise School District in Idaho to teach good workplace safety and health practices to young and vulnerable employees who are entering the workforce.

January 10, 2020

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

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

“The effects of tax cuts and deregulation led to a strong close of 2019. The unemployment rate remained at the 50-year low level of 3.5%. This is the 22nd consecutive month of the unemployment rate being at or below 4%. U-6, the broadest measure of unemployment and underemployment, set a record low in December.

January 10, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Valve Manufacturer for Exposing Employees to Lead, Copper and Other Hazards at Wisconsin Facility

PRAIRIE DU SAC, WI – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Milwaukee Valve Company Inc. – based in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin – for exposing employees to lead and copper dust at rates higher than the permissible exposure levels. OSHA has proposed $171,628 in penalties to the industrial valve manufacturing company.

January 9, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Alabama Contractors After Teen Worker Suffers Fatal Fall

CULLMAN, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Apex Roofing and Restoration LLC, and WW Restoration LLC for exposing employees to fall hazards after a 15-year-old worker suffered fatal injuries after a fall at a Cullman, Alabama, worksite. The companies face $159,118 in penalties.

January 9, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 214,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 222,000 to 223,000. The 4-week moving average was 224,000, a decrease of 9,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 233,250 to 233,500.

January 9, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Mississippi Construction Contractor For Exposing Employees to Cave-in Hazards

D’IBERVILLE, MS – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Advanced Construction & Development LLC – based in Biloxi, Mississippi – for exposing employees to excavation hazards at a D’Iberville, Mississippi, worksite. The contractor faces $79,559 in penalties.

January 7, 2020

Honolulu, Hawaii, Plumbing Services and Construction Contractor to Pay $195,798 for Overtime Violations Found By U.S. Department of Labor

HONOLULU, HI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Phoenix Renovation Corp. – a plumbing service company based in Honolulu, Hawaii – and its construction subsidiary will collectively pay $134,623 to 93 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Additionally, WHD assessed the companies a total of $61,163 in civil penalties because of the willful nature of the violations.

January 7, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Three New Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced three new opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the person or entity that requested the letter.

The opinion letters issued today are:

January 6, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division Announces Job Openings

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is hiring 45 new investigators and 15 new wage and hour technicians. Positions are available throughout the country, with new employees expected to onboard by March 31, 2020.

January 6, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces John Lowry III as New Assistant Secretary for the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that John Lowry III of Chicago, Illinois has been sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS).