News Releases

March 5, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Company Paying $41,677 in Back Wages to 111 Employees

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fast Frontier LLC – based in St. Petersburg, Florida, and operating as Cricket Wireless – has paid $41,677 in back wages to 111 employees for violating the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at 54 locations in Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

March 5, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Offer Education and Outreach Event To Promote Employment, Protection of Individuals with Disabilities

ATLANTA, GA - The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Center for the Visually Impaired in Atlanta, Georgia, will host an education and outreach event to assist federal contractors in recruiting people with disabilities into the workplace and protecting those in the workforce from discrimination.

March 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Review Results in Government Contractor Paying $250,000 in Back Pay and Interest to Settle Alleged Hiring Discrimination

CONROE, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the GEO Group Inc. – a company specializing in privatized corrections, detention, and mental health treatment – have entered into a conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at the company’s Joe Corley Detention Center in Conroe, Texas. The GEO Group Inc.

March 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in South Florida Construction Company Paying $102,088 in Back Wages to 79 Employees

POMPANO BEACH, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Rivera Services Group Inc. – a construction labor provider based in Pompano Beach, Florida – has paid $102,088 in back wages to 79 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The company was assessed and paid a civil penalty of $1,323 for child labor violations.

March 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations At Alabama Nursing Home Facility

MONTGOMERY, AL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), John Knox Manor Inc. – operating as John Knox Manor II – will pay $96,233 in back wages to 92 employees for violating the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at its nursing home facility in Montgomery, Alabama.

March 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Georgia Herbal Products Manufacturer Paying $454,655 in Back Wages to 28 Employees

NORCROSS, GA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Inc. – an herbal products manufacturer and distributer based in Norcross, Georgia – has paid $454,655 in back wages to 28 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

March 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Alabama Erosion Company Paying $113,984 in Back Wages and Damages to 34 Laborers

OPELIKA, AL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Hydro-Green Erosion Control LLC – an erosion control company based in Opelika, Alabama – will pay $113,984 in back wages and liquidated damages to 34 employees for violating minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

March 1, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Sues Massachusetts Construction Company For Retaliation for Facilitating Arrest of Injured Employee

BOSTON, MA – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Boston, Massachusetts-based contractor Tara Construction Inc. and its chief executive officer, Pedro Pirez, alleging that they retaliated against an injured employee by facilitating his arrest.

March 1, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Renews Alliance with Toledo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee to Improve Workplace Safety

TOLEDO, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed an alliance with the Toledo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) to address safety and health hazards that Ohio's apprentice and journeyperson electricians may encounter while working in construction and general industry.

March 1, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Colorado Company Paying $77,238 in Back Wages to Resolve FLSA Violations

MILLIKEN, CO – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Burnco Colorado LLC - doing business as Bestway Concrete and Aggregates - has paid $77,238 in back wages to 406 employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime requirements at the company's facilities in Milliken, Colorado, and Irvin, Texas.

March 1, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Pet Food Manufacturer For Amputation, Fall and Other Safety Hazards

MIAMI, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited The Higgins Group Corp. – operating as Higgins Premium Pet Foods – for exposing employees to amputation, fall, and other safety hazards at its facility in Miami, Florida. The company faces $95,472 in penalties.

March 1, 2019

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on Women’s History Month

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding Women's History Month:

"Women's History Month is a celebration of women who succeed in every corner of the American economy. The Department of Labor is especially honored to have the first woman member of the President's Cabinet, Frances Perkins.

"As we commemorate 100 years of women's suffrage, we recognize the women who are making history today by breaking barriers and thriving in leadership roles throughout our nation."

February 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Landscaping Company After Employee Suffers Fatal Heat-Related Injury

NOKOMIS, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Olin Landscaping – based in Venice, Florida – for failing to protect employees working in excessive heat after an employee succumbed to fatal heat-related symptoms while performing lawn maintenance at a residence in Nokomis, Florida.

February 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in New Jersey Restaurant Paying $768,548 for Wage and Visa Program Violations

BEACH HAVEN, NJ – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Cramark Inc. – doing business as The Chicken or The Egg restaurant in Beach Haven, New Jersey - will pay $768,548 in back wages, liquidated damages, and penalties for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program. Cramark Inc. will pay 23 employees $359,077 in FLSA back wages, an equal amount in liquidated damages, plus $7,792 in H-2B back wages to two employees.

February 28, 2019

Federal Court Orders New Jersey Gas Stations and Owner to Pay $650,000 After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation and Litigation

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has entered a consent judgment requiring five South Jersey gas stations, and their main owner Gurmeet Singh to pay $325,000 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 29 current and former employees. The consent judgment comes after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of the Solicitor.

February 28, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 225,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 216,000 to 217,000. The 4-week moving average was 229,000, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 235,750 to 236,000.

February 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Seattle-Area Residential Care Company Paying $222,426 to 19 Employees for Overtime Violations

SEATTLE, WA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Good Shepherd Adult Family Home – a residential care company based in Shoreline, Washington –will pay $222,426 in back wages and liquidated damages to 19 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department also assessed $17,442 in civil penalties against the employer for the willful nature of the violations.

February 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Extensive Overtime, Minimum Wage, And Child Labor Violations at Hawaii Malls

HONOLULU, HI – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that an education and enforcement initiative by its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) focused on retail mall employers in Hawaii, recovered $698,120 in back wages and liquidated damages for 339 employees, and led WHD to assess $59,523 in civil penalties for child labor violations during Fiscal Year 2018.

February 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Southern California Care Facility Paying $61,846 to 10 Employees for Overtime Violations

LOS ANGELES, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Janray Homes Inc. – a residential care company based in La Mirada, California – will pay $61,846 to 10 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 27, 2019

One of the Most Senior Level Former Coal Company Officials in Kentucky Charged for Defrauding Regulators About Black-Lung Causing Risks To Miners

MADISONVILLE, KY – United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman announced the charging of an additional former supervisor and safety official from Armstrong Coal, in addition to the eight previous officials charged by a federal grand jury, for conspiracy to defraud an agency of the United States government by deceit, trickery, and dishonest means.