News Releases

August 8, 2019

New U.S. Department of Labor Guidance Helps Employers Manage Pension Obligations for Uniformed Service Members Returning To Work

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Services (VETS) has released a fact sheet to help employers better understand their responsibilities toward reemployed service members under the pension provisions of the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and related regulations.

August 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Fines Contractors for Employee Exposure To Fall, Other Hazards After Fatality at Port of Wilmington

WILMINGTON, DE - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited two contractors – Enerfab Process Solutions & Fabricated Products Inc. and Industrial Services Group Inc. – for exposing employees to fall hazards after a fatal injury at a Delaware Port of Wilmington worksite in January 2019. The companies face $687,619 in penalties.

August 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $271,240 for Employees at Tennessee Restaurant After Investigation Finds Wage and Child Labor Violations

COOKEVILLE, TN - Fiesta Cancun Grill Inc. – a restaurant in Cookeville, Tennessee – has paid $271,240 in back wages and liquidated damages to 25 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid a civil penalty of $1,451 for federal child labor violations.

August 8, 2019

Kentucky Contractor to Pay $92,979 for Wages Violations Found in U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

LOUISVILLE, KY – Following a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, Henson Construction LLC – a commercial contractor based in Louisville, Kentucky – will pay $92,979 in back wages to 10 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 8, 2019

Tennessee Restaurants Pay $83,013 in Back Wages, Damages, and Penalties After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Wage and Child Labor Violations

NASHVILLE, TN - A Nashville, Tennessee-based restaurant enterprise has paid $62,781 in back wages and liquidated damages to 56 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer is also paying a civil penalty of $20,232 for the repeat nature of the wage violations, and for federal child labor violations.

August 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Mississippi Poultry Processor After Employees Hospitalized for Ammonia Exposure

LAUREL, MS The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Wayne Farms LLC for exposing employees to hazardous chemicals. The poultry processing company in Laurel, Mississippi, faces $119,341 in penalties.

August 8, 2019

South Carolina Ambulance Service Pays $212,493 in Wages To Employees to Resolve Federal Overtime Violations

HANAHAN, SC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), MedTrust Medical Transport LLC – a private ambulance service provider based in Hanahan, South Carolina –  has paid $212,493 in back wages to 89 employees for violating overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds North Carolina Peanut Manufacturer Violated Federal Wage and Child Labor Laws

SEVERN, NC - After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Severn Peanut Co. Inc. – a peanut manufacturer based in Severn, North Carolina – has paid $82,820 in back wages and liquidated damages to 100 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid a civil penalty of $3,619 for federal child labor violations.

August 8, 2019

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

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has issued 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 individual person or entity that requested the letter.

August 8, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 209,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 215,000 to 217,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,250, an increase of 250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 211,500 to 212,000.  

August 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks Public Comment on Changes To Family and Medical Leave Act Forms

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a 60-day period for public comment on proposed revisions to optional use forms that the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) provides for public use in the administration of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

August 5, 2019

Brownsville Restaurants Pay $78,440 in Back Wages, Damages To Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Investigations

BROWNSVILLE, TX – Investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) at three Brownsville, Texas, restaurants have led Chavez All Natural Inc. – operating as 100% Natural – to pay $39,220 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 25 employees for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime requirements.

August 5, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds South Carolina Resort Violated Federal Work Visa Program Requirements by Failing to Hire Qualified U.S. Worker

BLUFFTON, SC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Montage Hotels & Resorts LLC – operating as Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina – has paid $8,301 in wages to an employee for violating labor provisions of the H-2B visa program. The Laguna Beach, California-based employer also paid a civil penalty of $8,301 assessed by WHD for the violation.

August 5, 2019

Best Western Hotel in Tennessee Pays $63,419 in Back Wages, Damages, And Penalties after U.S. Department of Labor Finds Wage Violations

JOHNSON CITY, TN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), S&S Hospitality LLC – operator of the Best Western Hotel & Conference Center in Johnson City, Tennessee – has paid $56,999 in back wages and liquidated damages to 15 employees for violating the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid $6,420 in civil money penalties for the willful and repeat nature of the violations.

August 2, 2019

Food Distributor Enters Into Early Resolution Conciliation Agreement With U.S. Department of Labor to Resolve Hiring Discrimination Violations

ATLANTA, GA – US Foods Inc. – a food service distributor based in Rosemont, Illinois – has entered into an early resolution conciliation agreement to pay $116,600 in back wages and interest to resolve alleged hiring discrimination violations found at three of the company’s facilities during a compliance evaluation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The company has also agreed to make job offers to 10 eligible applicants. 

August 2, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Georgia Supermarket Paying $47,115 Civil Penalty for Child Labor Violations

JONESBORO, GA – Tienda Y Carniceria La Unica 2 Inc. – a supermarket based in Jonesboro, Georgia – has paid a civil penalty of $47,115 after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer allowed a 16-year-old minor employee to use a power-driven meat-slicing machine in violation of federal law. The minor suffered the amputation of one finger and severe injury to another.

August 2, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Barrel Maker for $413,370 in Penalties After Finding Multiple Hazards at Missouri Cooperage

LEBANON, MO The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Missouri Cooperage Company LLC a subsidiary of Independent Stave Company‒ for exposing employees to amputation, noise, and other safety and health hazards at the spirits and wine barrel-making facility in Lebanon, Missouri. The company faces $413,370 in federal penalties.

August 2, 2019

San Francisco East Bay Restaurant Pays $172,862 to 14 Employees For Overtime Violations Found by U.S. Department of Labor

SAN JOSE, CA – New Thai Bistro – a restaurant based in Pleasanton, California – has paid $172,862 to 14 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Due to the willful nature of the violations found, the Department also assessed $1,974 in civil money penalties.

August 2, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Plumbing Contractor For Exposing Employees to Trenching Hazards Following Fatality

DAYTON, OH The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Payne Enterprises Inc. – a plumbing contractor based in Dayton, Ohio – for exposing employees to multiple trenching and excavation hazards following an employee fatality. The company faces penalties of $145,860.

August 2, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigations Result in Ohio Home Health Care Providers Paying $194,811 in Overtime Back Wages to 62 Employees

CINCINNATI, OH – Two Cincinnati, Ohio, home healthcare providers – Millenium Nursing Agency LTD and Residential Homecare Services LLC – will pay $194,811 in back wages to 62 employees after investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the employers violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime and recordkeeping provisions.