News Releases

September 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Inducts Senator Robert P. Griffin and Former NLRB Board Member Howard Jenkins Jr. into the Hall of Honor

WASHINGTON, DC – During a special ceremony today at the U.S. Department of Labor, Acting Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella spoke at the induction of Senator Robert P. Griffin and Former NLRB Board Member Howard Jenkins Jr. into the Department of Labor’s Hall of Honor and the 60th anniversary of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA).

September 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor’s Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program Finds More Than $4 Million in Back Wages for 7,429 Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program has put more than $4 million in back wages into the hands of 7,429 employees since the program began last year. The Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), which administers this program, submitted a report today to the Senate Committee on Appropriations outlining PAID's performance to-date.

September 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Federal Contractor Paying $178,784 in Back Wages to Employees at Georgia Work Site

WARNER ROBINS, GA – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has led Red Cedar Enterprises Inc. to pay $178,784 in back wages and fringe benefits to eight employees after the employer violated provisions of the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), at a Robins Air Force Base work site in Warner Robins, Georgia.

September 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks Input on Updating Medical Testing Standards Under the Black Lung Benefits Act

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) today announced a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the Black Lung Benefits Act's standards for administering and interpreting medical testing in connection with black lung benefits claims.

September 26, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending September 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 213,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 208,000 to 210,000. The 4-week moving average was 212,000, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 212,250 to 212,750. 

September 25, 2019

Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Announces Regulatory Reform Personnel Designations

WASHINGTON, DC – Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella today announced the designation of Jonathan Wolfson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, as the Department’s Regulatory Reform Officer. The Regulatory Reform Officer has the responsibility to oversee implementation of the Department’s regulatory reform initiatives and policies, ensuring that these are carried out effectively and consistently with applicable law.

September 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $3 Million Dislocated Worker Grant To Florida for Hurricane Dorian Recovery

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant of $3,000,000 to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to assess workforce needs in response to Hurricane Dorian.

September 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Initiative Finds Minneapolis ‘Eat Street’ Restaurants Owe $367,359 in Back Wages and Damages to 162 Employees

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime, minimum wage and record-keeping requirements at 15 restaurants in Minneapolis' "Eat Street" district during an education and enforcement initiative. The effort will recover $367,359 in back wages and liquidated damages for 162 employees.

September 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Retailer for Inadequate Vermin And Respirator Protections at New Hampshire Store

CONCORD, NH – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Ocean State Job Lot for repeat and serious violations at a Stratham, New Hampshire, store. The retailer – based in North Kingstown, Rhode Island – faces a total of $154,199 in penalties for ineffective sanitation and respirator protections for store employees.

September 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Additional Dislocated Worker Grant Funding to West Virginia to Support Coal Industry Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded $1,056,000 in additional National Dislocated Worker Grant funding to Workforce West Virginia to continue providing employment and training services to workers affected by coal industry layoffs in the state. 

September 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Additional $1 Million in Dislocated Worker Grant Funding for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Recovery

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced additional funding of $1 million for the Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant awarded to the Texas Workforce Commission. The proposed funds will allow participants to continue disaster-relief cleanup efforts resulting from the August 2017 storm, as well as provide employment and training services to eligible individuals.

September 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Upstate New York Contractor For Health and Safety Hazards During Asbestos Removal Work

BUFFALO, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Rex Harper – doing business as REH Property Maintenance – for improper asbestos removal and disposal at Superior Steel Door & Trim Co. Inc. in Jamestown, New York. Harper faces a total of $168,772 in proposed penalties.

September 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor, Contractors Association and Electrical Workers’ Union Establish Partnership to Promote Workplace Safety in Central Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Central Ohio Chapter, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Locals #683 and #1105, have established a strategic partnership to promote employee safety and health at Central Ohio work sites.

September 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Additional Disaster Recovery Funding To Northern Mariana Islands for Typhoons Mangkhut and Yutu Response

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced additional funding of $1,841,563 for a Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant awarded to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Labor - Workforce Investment Agency Division. The funds will allow grant participants to continue disaster-relief cleanup efforts resulting from Typhoons Mangkhut and Yutu, which occurred in September and October 2018, respectively.

September 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Dislocated Worker Grant to Massachusetts for Jobs, Employment Services in Response to Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an opioid-crisis National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant of $2,032,071 to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to provide disaster-relief jobs and employment services to eligible individuals in Massachusetts affected by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose.

September 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Additional National Dislocated Worker Grant Funding to Massachusetts for Reemployment Services After Layoffs

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced additional funding of $438,844 to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development for the National Dislocated Worker Grant currently serving individuals impacted by the closure of Garber Brothers Inc., located in Stoughton, along with Serta Mattress, located in Middleboro.

September 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Fines New Orleans Restaurant For Violating Child Labor Laws After Minor Suffers Oil Burns

NEW ORLEANS, LA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Jacques-Imo Café – a restaurant based in New Orleans, Louisiana – has paid $55,288 in civil money penalties for violating multiple child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

September 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Additional Dislocated Worker Funding to Support Individuals Affected by Auto Industry Layoffs in Northeast Ohio

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $875,000 in additional funding for a National Dislocated Worker Grant awarded to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The funding will allow for the continuation of reemployment services to workers affected by layoffs from the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, as well as from four additional auto industry suppliers in Northeast Ohio.

September 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Overtime Rule

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

September 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Masonry Manufacturer For Exposing Employees to Silica and Other Hazards

RIVIERA BEACH, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Oldcastle APG South Inc. – based in Greensboro, North Carolina, and operating as Coastal, for exposing employees to amputation, struck-by and silica hazards at the company's facility in Riviera Beach, Florida. Oldcastle APG South Inc. faces $132,037 in penalties.