November 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week Continues With National Summit on Women in Apprenticeship

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of National Apprenticeship Week activities, the U.S. Department of Labor today hosted over 200 stakeholders from around the country at the National Summit on Women in Apprenticeship at the Department's headquarters in Washington D.C.

November 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Texas Roofing Company Paying $101,832 in Back Wages

GALVESTON, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Morgan Roofing LLC – based in Galveston, Texas – has paid $101,832 in back wages to 28 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime requirements.

November 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers Wages for Employee Terminated In Violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act

NEW ORLEANS, LA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Imperial Trading Co. LLC – a convenience store distributor of goods and services based in Elmwood, Louisiana – has paid $24,760 to a former employee for violating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

November 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Houston Restaurants Owner Paying $100,000 in Back Wages To Employees

HOUSTON, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the owner of a Houston-based enterprise that operates eight Tostada Regia restaurants in the Houston, Texas, area has paid $100,126 to 438 employees for violating the overtime and minimum wage requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 14, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending November 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 225,000, an increase of 14,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 211,000. The 4-week moving average was 217,000, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 215,250.

November 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announce New Regulations to Modernize and Improve the Recruitment of American Workers for Temporary Non-Agricultural Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Departments of Labor and Homeland Security today posted a Final Rule on the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) website amending the regulations that govern the H-2B temporary non-agricultural labor certification. This rule will aid Americans looking to find and fill some of the 7 million open jobs in the United States.

November 13, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Labor Visits Phelps ACE High School Career Fair During National Apprenticeship Week

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia visited Phelps ACE High School’s career fair to meet with high school students as part of National Apprenticeship Week. The mentoring and networking career fair was sponsored by the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation, which sponsors accredited technical education for high school youth and registered apprenticeship instruction classes for industry workers.

November 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Releases Updated Technical Assistance Guide For Construction Industry Contractors

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a comprehensive Technical Assistance Guide (TAG) for the construction industry. The guide will assist contractors meet their legal requirements and responsibilities for equal employment opportunity by preventing violations before they occur.

November 12, 2019

Two Orlando, Florida, Restaurants to Pay Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Overtime Violations

ORLANDO, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Chai BKK Inc. and Chai 99 Inc. – two Orlando, Florida-based restaurants owned by Hong Saeunong – will pay $27,000 in back wages to 17 employees for violating overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Injunction Against Illinois Restaurant for Repeated Violations of Federal Wage Laws

EAST PEORIA, IL – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime requirements, a federal judge has issued an injunction against Tequila’s Mexican Bar and Grill – based in Peoria, Illinois – and its owner Hector Munoz and manager Javier Munoz for repeated violations of federal recordkeeping requirements.

November 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds North Carolina Restaurant Violated Federal Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws

FUQUAY-VARINA, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), He’s Group Inc. – operating as King Chinese Buffet in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina – will pay $45,077 in back wages and liquidated damages to eight employees for violating the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Three Chicago Area Companies Violated Child Labor Regulations After Minors Suffer Serious Injuries

CHICAGO, IL – After investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), it was determined that three Chicago-area companies – Maria V. Contracting, Prate Roofing & Installations LLC, and Red Line Management – violated the Child Labor Provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD has also assessed a total of $127,262 in civil money penalties against the companies under the Child Labor Enhanced Penalty Program (CLEPP) because three minors suffered substantial impairment during their unlawful employment.  

November 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Pennsylvania Restaurant Paying Back Wages, Damages in Settlement Agreement

HATFIELD, PA – In a consent judgment filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Via Marconi Pizza Pub Inc. – a bar and restaurant based in Hatfield, Pennsylvania – will pay $362,988 in back wages and liquidated damages to 25 employees for overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) found by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD). WHD also assessed a $21,398 civil monetary penalty due to the willful nature of the violations.

November 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Federal Court Ordering Commercial Laundry to Pay $266,670 in Back Wages, Damages

LANDSDOWNE, PA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Central Laundry Inc. – based in Landsdowne, Pennsylvania – and its owner George Rengepes and business operator Jimmy Rengepes must pay $133,335 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 32 employees to remedy violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Wyoming Motel Owners Paying Employees $189,466 for Minimum Wage, Overtime Violations

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – After an investigation by the U.S Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Sunil and Parul Patel – owners of a Motel 6 and Super 8 motel in Riverton, Wyoming – will pay $189,466 to three employees for federal wage violations as part of a consent judgment lodged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming. Investigators found the employer violated overtime and minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 11, 2019

Fifth Annual National Apprenticeship Week Aims to Highlight Innovative Programs and Raise Awareness

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the start of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2019.

During NAW 2019, events are hosted across the country to celebrate the work of apprentices with thousands of participants nationwide.

November 11, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Statement Regarding Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia today issued the following statement regarding Veterans Day:

“Every year on this day, Americans across the country put aside their daily activities to honor the sacrifice and bravery of our nation’s veterans. We at the Department of Labor join our fellow Americans in saluting the men and women of the armed forces for their defense of our cherished freedoms.

November 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Provides Scheduling List for Federal Contractors Subject to Reviews for Compliance with Vietnam Veterans Era Laws

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today released its first scheduling list solely for reviews focused on compliance with the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. These reviews will be similar in scope to reviews OFCCP began earlier in 2019 focused on compliance with its disability law.

November 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Directive Promoting Employment of Military Spouses

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today released a directive renewing its commitment to military spouses. The directive encourages contractors to recruit, hire and retain the spouses of veterans and active duty military.

November 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Opinion Letters to Enhance Military Service Members’ Ability to Succeed in Civilian Workforce

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the issuance of two opinion letters that will assist active duty service members in their transitions to the civilian workforce.