News Releases

June 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and Fort Worth Beverage Distributor Agree to Settle Allegations of Hiring Discrimination

DALLAS, TX -  After a routine compliance evaluation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Ben E. Keith Company (BEK) – operating as Fort Worth/Waco Beer & Fleet Main and Ben E. Keith Dallas Fort Worth Foods (BEK Foods) – has agreed to pay $350,000 in back pay and interest to resolve alleged hiring discrimination at its two Fort Worth, Texas, facilities.   

June 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Federal Contractor Violated Prevailing Wage Law at Tyndall Air Force Base

PANAMA CITY, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Coqui Disposal Services LLC – a disposal and janitorial service company and federal contractor at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida, an area significantly affected by Hurricane Michael – has paid $22,335 in back wages to 46 employees for violating requirements of the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).  

June 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Fines Chemical Manufacturer For Exposing Workers to Toxic Gas

NEW CASTLE, DE – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Croda Inc. after a chemical release at the New Castle, Delaware, manufacturing plant exposed workers to ethylene oxide. The company faces $262,548 in penalties.

June 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks to Increase Awareness Of Workplace Safety Hazards in the Electrical Industry

KANSAS CITY, MO ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking to raise awareness of hazards in the electrical industry in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. OSHA wants employers to work to reduce the number of serious injuries, illnesses, and fatalities among engineers, electricians, and other professionals who perform electrical operations including work on overhead lines, cable harnesses, and circuit assemblies.

June 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites New Jersey Framing Contractor For Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards

LAKEWOOD, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Navy Contractors Inc. for exposing employees to fall hazards at a work site in Lakewood, New Jersey. The company faces $84,183 in penalties for repeat and serious safety violations.

June 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Omaha Family Dollar Store For Blocked Exit Routes and Other Hazards

OMAHA, NE ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited national discount retailer Family Dollar Store for safety violations after the company allowed equipment to block an exit route at an Omaha, Nebraska, store. OSHA proposed penalties of $302,147.

June 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and Louisiana Military Department Partner To Serve At-Risk Youth with Job Corps Demonstration Project

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards today announced a new Job Corps demonstration project to serve at-risk youth with skills instruction through an expansion of the Louisiana National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. The Louisiana National Guard currently operates three Youth ChalleNGe programs: at Camp Minden, at Camp Beauregard and at the Gillis W. Long Center. The Job ChalleNGe project will be delivered through a repurposed Carville Job Corps Center, which is located adjacent to the Gillis W.

June 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in South Carolina Restaurant Paying Back Wages After Violating Federal Overtime Wage Requirements

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Benito's Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta – a North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina-based restaurant – has paid $54,355 in back wages and liquidated damages to 12 employees for violating overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

June 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Urges Caution to Avoid Hazards During Tornado and Storm Cleanup

KANSAS CITY, MO - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is urging employers, workers, and the public to be aware of the hazards that may exist while conducting cleanup work following the recent tornados in Kansas and Missouri.

June 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Behavior Treatment Hospital for Exposing Employees to Workplace Violence Hazards

DENVER, CO – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited UHS of Centennial Peaks LLC – operating as Centennial Peaks Hospital in Louisville, Colorado – for failing to protect employees from violence in the workplace. The company faces penalties of $32,392.

June 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Availability of $1.5 Million in Funds to Support Women in Apprenticeship, Expand Job Opportunities

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $1.5 million in grant funding available to recruit, mentor, train, and retain more women in quality apprenticeship programs and pursue careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and health care, among other industries.

June 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Contractor Violated Federal Contract Requirements at Public Housing Worksite in Florida

MIAMI, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Gorman General Contractors LLC – based in Oregon, Wisconsin – has paid $34,330 in back wages and fringe benefits to 20 employees for violating labor provisions of the Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

June 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Minimum Wage And Overtime Violations at North Carolina Restaurant

DAVIDSON, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), North Harbor Club LLC – a restaurant based in Davidson, North Carolina – has paid $16,859 in back wages and liquidated damages to 18 employees for violating the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

June 7, 2019

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on May Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today issued the following statement regarding the May 2019 Employment Situation report:

"May's job report added 75,000 jobs. We seek to continue job growth by opening more opportunities through policies like USMCA moving forward.

June 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Funding Opportunity For Appalachian and Delta Regions

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has announced the availability of up to $29.2 million in demonstration grant funds to expand the impact of workforce development initiatives in the Appalachian and Delta regions through the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) grant initiative. 

June 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Drywall Construction Company Paying $354,763 in Back Wages to 558 Employees

BURLESON, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Rice Drywall Inc. – based in Burleson, Texas – has paid $354,763 in back wages to 558 employees to resolve overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

June 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Offer Prevailing Wage Seminar in Austin

AUSTIN, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will offer a compliance seminar for contractors, unions, workers and other interested parties to provide information on the rules governing federal prevailing wage requirements. The event in Austin, Texas, will offer training on labor standards for federally funded construction and federal service contracts.

June 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Offer Prevailing Wage Seminar in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, AK The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will offer a compliance seminar for contractors, unions, workers and other interested parties to provide information on the rules governing federal prevailing wage requirements. The event in Anchorage, Alaska, will offer training on labor standards for federally funded construction and federal service contracts.

June 6, 2019

Lubbock Subway Franchisee Pays Nearly $80,000 in Back Wages And Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

LUBBOCK, TX – After investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Shiprock Enterprise LTD and Junior Senior Inc. - operator of two Subway franchises in Lubbock, Texas - has paid $79,999 in back wages and liquidated damages to 52 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime requirements.

June 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $48,248 in Wages and Damages for Employees After North Carolina Restaurant Violates Overtime Laws

RALEIGH, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Demetrio Inc. – operating as El Pollo Rico Restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina – has paid $48,248 in back wages and liquidated damages to 32 employees for violating the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).