January 6, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Launches Yearlong Celebration Of Americans with Disabilities Act’s 30th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) today announced plans for a yearlong celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Centered around the theme of “Increasing Access and Opportunity,” commemoration activities will include events, speeches and new compliance assistance resources. The ADA’s anniversary will serve as a key component of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) observance in October.

January 6, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor H-1B Visa Program Litigation Results In Back Wages, Fines and Debarment for Beauty Products Distributor

FARMERS BRANCH, TX – Attorneys from the Dallas Regional Solicitor office obtained a favorable settlement against an employer for violations of the H-1B provisions of the Immigration and Naturalization Act.  The violations against Joon Beauty Line Corporation include failing to pay wages as required to a H-1B worker, failing to maintain a public access file, and substantially failing to provide notice of the filing of the Labor Contract Agreement at each place of employment where any H-1B worker will be employed.

January 6, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Georgia Contractor Violated Federal Wage Laws During Hurricane Florence Recovery Efforts in North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), an Athens, Georgia-based disaster relief company will pay $184,838 in wages to 18 employees after an investigation found the company violated federal wage and overtime laws while under contract to provide recovery services in several North Carolina locations in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

January 3, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Illinois Smelter for Exposing Employees to Lead, Arsenic and Other Hazards

GRANITE CITY, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Mayco Manufacturing LLC – operating as Mayco Industries Inc. – for exposing employees to lead and arsenic in addition to machine, electrical and fall hazards. The Granite City, Illinois, lead smelter faces $223,148 in penalties for 18 serious health violations. 

January 3, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Cites North Dakota Grain Facility After Employee Fatality

ARVILLA, ND – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Columbia Grain International (CGI) LLC for willfully exposing workers to grain-handling hazards after the fatal engulfment of an employee at the company’s Arvilla, North Dakota, storage facility. The company faces $190,000 in proposed penalties.

January 3, 2020

CORRECTED: U.S. Department of Labor Allows States Greater Flexibility in Providing Activities and Services Under the Wagner-Peyser Act

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) today announced a final rule that will allow states to better tailor their staffing approach when providing services in the Employment Service program.

January 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Commemorates National Slavery And Human Trafficking Prevention Month

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs Martha Newton released the following statement recognizing National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month:

January 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Bay Area Horse Training Facility Paying Employees $33,034 for Overtime

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Avalon Hunter Jumpers LLC – a Bay Area horse training facility – will pay $33,034 to seven employees for violations of the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 2, 2020

7-Eleven Store in Northern California to Pay Employees $42,350 After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations

 

SAN JOSE, CA After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), a 7-Eleven store in Concord, California will pay $42,350 in back wages and liquidated damages to 10 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime requirements.   

January 2, 2020

Bay Area Compliance Audit Company to Pay Employees $54,121 After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime Violations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A Bay Area employer providing environmental, labor and social responsibility audits will pay $54,121 in back wages to 10 employees and an additional $5,640 in penalties after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the company violated overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 2, 2020

Oregon Insulation Contractor to Pay $159,027 to 31 Employees For Overtime Violations Found by U.S. Department of Labor

BEND, OR – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Energy Conservation Insulation Company – an insulation contractor based in Bend, Oregon – will pay $159,027 to 31 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Idaho Concrete Polishing Company Paying $47,676 to Four Employees for Overtime Violations

BOISE, ID After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Intermountain Concrete Polishing – a concrete floor polishing company in Meridian, Idaho – will pay $47,676 to four employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 2, 2020

Seattle Security Company Pays Employees $124,000 in Back Wages, Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime Violations

SEATTLE, WA – A California-based security services provider has paid $124,029 in back wages and damages to 30 workers formerly employed as security guards at Amazon’s Seattle Spheres geodesic dome facilities, after a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 2, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending December 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 222,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 222,000 to 224,000. The 4-week moving average was 233,250, an increase of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average. This is the highest level for this average since January 27, 2018 when it was 235,750. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 228,000 to 228,500.

January 2, 2020

South Carolina Poultry Catching Company Pays $96,782 to Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Overtime Violations

MANNING, SC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Quintanilla Poultry LLC – a poultry catching company based in Manning, South Carolina – has paid $96,782 in back wages to 55 employees for overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 31, 2019

Judge Orders Michigan Landscaping Company to Pay Misclassified Employees $118,426 in Back Wages and Damages

JENISON, MI – The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan has ordered New Image Landscaping LLC and owner Jeremy Cizauskas to pay 32 former employees a total of $118,425 in back wages and damages, after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation. The court affirmed WHD’s findings that the Jenison, Michigan employer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by denying landscape employees overtime after misclassifying them as independent contractors. 

December 31, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Uncovers Minimum Wage, Overtime, Child Labor Violations at West Texas Restaurant

AMARILLO, TX – After investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), The Plaza Restaurant – a restaurant chain in Texas – has paid $44,621 in back wages to 570 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime requirements. Additionally, WHD assessed the employer $13,420 in civil money penalties for child labor violations of the FLSA.

December 31, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Recovers $541,597 in Wages for Workers with Disabilities at Alabama Facilities

MONTGOMERY, AL After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the Montgomery Arc and two of its subsidiaries – Hanan Center and McInnis Recycling Center – will pay $541,597 in back wages to 80 employees for failing to meet the requirements of Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD also found that Hanan Center and McInnis Recycling Center violated requirements of Section 511 of the Rehabilitation Act.

December 31, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in South Carolina Retailer Paying $66,410 in Back Wages and Damages for Wage Violations

COLUMBIA, SC After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Planet Vapor Inc. – an enterprise with five retail stores and a combined laboratory warehouse operating in Columbia, Lexington, West Columbia, and Irmo, South Carolina – has paid $66,410 in back wages and liquidated damages to 20 employees for violating the minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 31, 2019

Pool Company Pays Penalties for Child Labor Violations Following a U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

HOUSTON, TX – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (the Department’s) Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Aquatic Management of Houston Inc., located in Houston, Texas has paid $22,236 in civil money penalties to resolve child labor violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).