News Releases

January 3, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in North Central Washington Restaurant Employees Receiving $96,995

SEATTLE, WA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Oralia Magallanes and Juan Calderon – operators of three Mexican restaurants in North Central Washington – will pay $96,995 to 32 employees for overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 3, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and Montana Contractors Association Sign Alliance to Foster Safer Workplaces

BILLINGS, MT – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Montana Contractors Association (MCA) have signed an alliance to foster safer workplaces.  

January 3, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio UPS Facility for Blocking Exits

SHARONVILLE, OH - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited United Parcel Service (UPS) for repeatedly putting workers at risk by obstructing exit routes at its Sharonville, Ohio, distribution center. The company faces $208,603 in proposed penalties.

January 3, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in New Hampshire Catering and Café Enterprise Paying $86,959 in Back Wages and Damages for 70 Employees

MANCHESTER, NH – A Manchester, New Hampshire, enterprise involving a catering business and several cafes – all owned and operated by Keri Laman and Tidewater Hospitality Resources LLC – has paid $86,959 in back wages and liquidated damages for 70 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation identified violations of the overtime, minimum wage, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department also assessed the employers $22,820 in civil penalties due to the willful nature of the violations.

January 3, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending December 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 231,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 5,000 from 216,000 to 221,000. The 4-week moving average was 218,750, a decrease of 500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,250 from 218,000 to 219,250.

January 2, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Departure of Assistant Secretary For Public Affairs

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the resignation of Assistant Secretary of Labor for Public Affairs Jeffrey Grappone, effective January 3, 2019.

"Jeff Grappone came to the Department of Labor in 2017 as an Assistant Secretary and helped to build and enhance the communication of the Department's work on behalf of America's workforce," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "Assistant Secretary Grappone is highly talented and will ably lead communications at the Senate Republican Conference."

January 2, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Departure of Acting Administrator for the Wage and Hour Division

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the resignation of Bryan Jarrett, Acting Administrator for the Wage and Hour Division, effective January 5, 2019.

December 28, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Two Roofing Companies After Colorado Employees Found Exposed to Fall Hazards

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited roofing company Aspen Contracting Inc. – based in Lee’s Summit, Missouri – and subcontractor J Cuellar LLC – based in West Bend, Wisconsin – for exposing employees to dangerous fall hazards at a Fountain, Colorado construction site. The companies face proposed penalties totaling $147, 998.

December 27, 2018

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending December 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 216,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 3,000 from 214,000 to 217,000. The 4-week moving average was 218,000, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 222,000 to 222,750.

December 21, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Provides Idaho Flexibility To Better Serve Job Corps Students

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and Idaho Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter today announced a Job Corps Demonstration Project that will make Idaho the first state in the nation to assume operational control of a Job Corps center and the responsibility to provide skills instruction to Job Corps students.

December 21, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor and Florida Department of Military Affairs Partner to Train At-Risk Youth with Job Corps Demonstration Project

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor and the Florida Department of Military Affairs today announced a new Job Corps demonstration project to serve at-risk youth with job skills instruction through an expansion of the Florida National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program at Camp Blanding near Starke, Florida.

December 21, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Kansas Drywall Contractor

WICHITA, KS The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Midwest Drywall Company Inc. for safety violations after part of a forklift fatally crushed an employee at the company’s Wichita, Kansas, facility.

December 21, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Mobile-Friendly Portal To Make it Easier for Americans to Apply for Seasonal Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the launch of SeasonalJobs.dol.gov, a mobile-friendly online portal that is designed to help Americans identify and apply for open seasonal and temporary jobs. The site is a complete redesign of the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s (OFLC) Public Job Registry, which has served as a repository for seasonal and temporary jobs.

December 21, 2018

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

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has issued two new opinion letters. These letters demonstrate the Department’s commitment to providing meaningful compliance assistance to help employees understand their rights and ensure that employers have the tools they need to comply with federal labor law.

The letters released today address the following compliance issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):

December 20, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Forms Alliance to Promote Workplace Safety and Health Programs in New Jersey

NEW YORK, NY -The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the New Jersey State Industrial Safety Committee have entered into an alliance to raise awareness of the value of workplace safety and health programs for New Jersey businesses.

December 20, 2018

New Jersey Nursing and Rehab Center to Pay $260,000 in Back Wages and Liquidated Damages Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

NEWARK, NJ – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Sinai Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare LLC – a nursing and rehabilitation center in Newark, New Jersey – will pay $130,000 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 174 employees to resolve violations of overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 20, 2018

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending December 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 214,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 206,000. The 4-week moving average was 222,000, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 224,750.

December 19, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Federal Court Ordering New York City Hotel Operators to Pay $721,086 in Back Wages and Damages

NEW YORK, NY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has ordered the operators of three Queens, New York, hotels to pay $360,543 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 83 employees to resolve violations of the overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The operators will also pay $28,914 in civil penalties and $625 in post-judgment interest.

December 19, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Duke University Health System Reinstating and Paying Lost Wages to Employee

DURHAM, NC – Duke Patient Revenue Management Organization - operating as Duke University Health System - has paid an employee $9,066 in lost wages and reinstated the employee after a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

December 19, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Awards More Than $50 Million in Grants To Strengthen Labor Law Enforcement and Combat Child Labor And Modern Slavery Among Trade Partners

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded more than $50 million in new funding to non-governmental organizations and a range of organizations to promote labor law enforcement and help end exploitative labor practices in 13 trade partner countries. The funds will support projects to combat abusive labor practices, including the use of child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. New technical assistance will also support trade partners’ compliance with the labor requirements of U.S. trade agreements and preference programs.