News Releases

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.

February 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and Lee Lewis Construction Partner to Enhance Workplace Safety and Health at Lubbock Construction Project

LUBBOCK, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Lee Lewis Construction recently signed a partnership to help protect construction workers during construction of the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences in Lubbock, Texas.

February 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Canned Food Company in Texas After Employee Suffers Amputation

EL PASO, TX - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Bruce Foods Corporation – a Mexican food manufacturer based in El Paso, Texas – after an employee suffered an amputation. The company now faces $194,350 in fines.

February 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in San Francisco Company Paying Employees $791,935 in Back Wages

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Revel Systems Inc. – a software company based in San Francisco, California – has paid $791,935 in back wages to 333 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Secures $1 Million Judgment Against Arizona Electrical Contractor for Sweeping Wage Violations

PHOENIX, AZ – The U.S. Department of Labor has secured a consent judgment against Austin Electric Services LLC and its president Toby Thomas that orders the Avondale, Arizona-based electrical contractor to pay $925,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 366 employees and $75,000 in civil money penalties for a number of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations.

February 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Updates to its Procedures for Processing H-2B Applications for Temporary Labor Certification

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced updates to its procedures for processing H-2B applications. 

February 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Ohio Company Paying $80,593 in Back Wages to 474 Employees

DUBLIN, OH – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Check Smart Financial LLC – based in Dublin, Ohio, and operator of 530 CheckCashing USA locations in 12 states – will pay $80,593 in unpaid wages to 474 current and former employees.

February 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigations Find Indiana Automotive Service Chain Owes Over $1 Million in Back Wages, Damages To 1,056 Employees

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – After several investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Best One Tire Group – based in Monroe, Indiana – has agreed to pay $1,023,808 in overtime back wages and liquidated damages for 1,056 employees nationwide for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Atlanta Area Restaurant Chain Paying $361,288 in Back Wages and Damages to 193 Employees

ATLANTA, GA – Five Kani House restaurants operating in the Atlanta, Georgia-area will pay $361,288 in back wages and liquidated damages to approximately 190 employees after the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued a consent judgment against the employer for violating the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in South Florida Construction Company Paying $86,530 in Back Wages

SUNRISE, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), J & J Inc. – a painting and water-proofing company based in Sunrise, Florida – will pay $86,530 in back wages to 25 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and West Texas Safety Training Center Renew Alliance to Prevent Injuries, Illnesses in Oil and Gas Industry

ODESSA, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed an alliance with West Texas Safety Training Center to help protect the safety and health of oil and gas workers involved in service, transmission, exploration, and production throughout West Texas.

February 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Nebraska Asphalt Company Following Investigation of Employee Fatality

NORTH PLATTE, NE - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Western Engineering Company Inc. after an employee suffered fatal injuries after being pulled into an unguarded slat/drag conveyor at the company's North Platte, Nebraska, asphalt plant. OSHA proposed penalties totaling $89,032.

February 25, 2019

United States, Germany Sign Joint Declaration of Intent on Labor Cooperation

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and Hubertus Heil, the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, signed a Joint Declaration of Intent underlining the value of cooperation in various areas of international labor policy and practice between the two countries. 

February 22, 2019

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on the Selection of the Department’s Continuous Process Improvement Team for the Gears of Government Award

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding the selection of the Department's Continuous Process Improvement team for the Gears of Government Award:

February 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and Montana Construction Contractor Sign Partnership to Enhance Employee Safety and Health

BILLINGS, MT – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and general contractor Langlas & Associates Inc. have established a partnership to protect employees and enhance workplace safety and health at the Lockwood High School construction project in Billings, Montana.

February 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Issues $164,802 in Penalties to Wholesaler After Employee Injury at Georgia Distribution Center

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Hilti Inc. – a hardware merchant wholesaler – for exposing employees to struck-by hazards after an employee was injured while operating a forklift at a distribution center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Plano, Texas-based company faces penalties of $164,802.

February 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Renews Alliance to Improve Workplace Safety For Southwest Illinois Industrial and Utility Employees

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed an alliance with Teksolv-American Allied Safety Council (AASC), Southwestern Illinois Building Trades Council (SIBTC), and the Council of Owners and Construction Associates Inc. (COCA) to prevent exposures to hazards in the industrial and utility sectors.

February 21, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 216,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 239,000. The 4-week moving average was 235,750, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 231,750. This is the highest level for this average since January 20, 2018 when it was 237,500.

February 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Mississippi Paper Manufacturer For Workplace Safety Violations, Proposes $303,657 in Penalties

NATCHEZ, MS – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited von Drehle Corp. – a paper products manufacturer – for several workplace safety hazards that put employees at risk of injury at its facility in Natchez, Mississippi. The paper manufacturer faces $303,657 in penalties, including one for the maximum amount allowed by law.  

February 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Pennsylvania Healthcare Provider Paying $39,704 in Back Wages, Damages to 92 Employees

LIGONIER, PA - After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Bethlen Home of the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America – a continuing care retirement community based in Ligonier, Pennsylvania – paid $39,704 in back wages and liquidated damages to 92 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).