March 13, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in South Carolina Contractor Paying $43,663 in Back Wages, Damages for Overtime Violations

LEXINGTON, SC After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Lucas Builders Inc. – based in Lexington, South Carolina – has paid $43,663 in back wages and liquidated damages to 15 employees for violating overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

March 13, 2020

North Carolina Manufacturer Pays $120,567 in Back Wages, Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations

RANDLEMAN, NCAfter an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Butler Trailer Manufacturing Co. – based in Randleman, North Carolina – has paid $120,567 in back wages and liquidated damages to 40 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

March 13, 2020

Atlanta-Area Restaurant Operator to Pay $411,010 to 157 Employees After Investigation Finds Minimum Wage, Overtime Violations

DORAVILLE, GA After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the operator of an Atlanta-area restaurant enterprise will pay $411,010 in back wages to 157 employees at locations in Doraville and Duluth, Georgia, for violating minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

March 12, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Guidance on Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities during COVID-19 Outbreak

WASHINGTON, DC – Following President Donald J. Trump’s swift action to protect the American workforce from exposure to COVID-19 – also known as novel coronavirus – the U.S. Department of Labor today announced new guidance outlining flexibilities that states have in administering their unemployment insurance (UI) programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

March 12, 2020

Houston Restaurants Pay $150,000 to Resolve Federal Minimum Wage, Overtime Violations After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

HOUSTON, TX – After investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Ryuko International LLC and Izakaya WA-River Oaks – both doing business as Izakaya WA in Houston, Texas – have paid $150,371 in back wages to 18 employees to resolve minimum wage and overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

March 12, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending March 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 211,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 1,000 from 216,000 to 215,000. The 4-week moving average was 214,000, an increase of 1,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 250 from 213,000 to 212,750.

March 11, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Recipients Of Excellence in Disability Inclusion Awards

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that CVS Health and PepsiCo have received Gold Awards in the department’s inaugural Excellence in Disability Inclusion (EDI) Awards program, which recognizes federal contractors that demonstrate excellence in making their workforce inclusive for people with disabilities.

March 11, 2020

Landscape Contractor Pays Back Wages, Penalties for H-2B, Overtime Violations Found in U.S. Department of Labor Investigations

KATY, TX After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Terry’s Landscape LLC – based in Katy, Texas – has paid $5,165 in back wages and $20,399 in civil money penalties to settle H-2B non-immigrant visa program violations and $6,472 in back wages for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

March 10, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program Final Rule

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today published a final rule that will help expand apprenticeships in the United States by establishing a system for advancing the development of high-quality, Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs).

March 9, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Guidance For Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” to help companies respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace. The guidance was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

March 9, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Outreach Event in St. Petersburg, Florida for Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor will host an outreach event on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Florida, to provide information about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act and help current and former nuclear weapons workers file claims.

WHAT: Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act Outreach Event

WHERE: South Community Library
2300 Roy Hanna Drive South
St. Petersburg, FL 33712

March 9, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Investments to Support Former Offenders’ Successful Reentry into Workforce

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced its intent to make available approximately $65 million in funding for Reentry Project grants geared toward adults who have been involved in the justice system. The grants are administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA).

March 6, 2020

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia on the February Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued the following statement on the February 2020 Employment Situation report:

“February’s jobs report again far exceeded expectations with a surge of 273,000 jobs created. With an upward revision of 48,000 jobs in January, 6.9 million new jobs have been added since January 2017.

March 5, 2020

Southern California Sleep Study Clinic Owner Sentenced After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Healthcare Fraud

LOS ANGELES, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and the Office of Inspector General, a federal court has sentenced Anna Vishnevsky to 37 months in prison, and ordered her to make $2,747,071 in restitution for defrauding the healthcare benefit plans of UPS Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. 

March 5, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Finds Florida-based Farm Labor Contractor Violated Guest Worker Visa Requirements at 5 North Carolina Farms

RALEIGH, NC – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, SBHLP Inc. – a Lake Placid, Florida-based H-2A labor contractor that supplied workers for five North Carolina farms – is required to pay $224,249 in wages to 194 employees for violating requirements of the H-2A visa program. The department also assessed the employer a $239,430 civil penalty and debarred the labor contractor for 3 years.

March 5, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule To Increase Financial Transparency for Unions

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) today announced a final rule to establish the “Form T-1” Trust Annual Report that requires unions to file annual financial reports concerning their trusts. These annual reports will increase the financial transparency of unions and ensure that members have access to information about their union’s financial transactions. The Federal Register will publish the final rule on March 6, 2020.

March 5, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 216,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 219,000. The 4-week moving average was 213,000, an increase of 3,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 209,750.

March 5, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Dollar Tree Stores Inc. for Exposing Employees to Exit, Storage and Fire Hazards at Massachusetts Store

BRAINTREE, MA The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Dollar Tree Stores Inc. for exit, storage and fire hazards at a store in Boston, Massachusetts. The national discount retailer faces $523,745 in penalties.

March 4, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Tennessee Landscaping Company Violated H-2B Visa Program Requirements

ROCKVALE, TN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Outdoors Unlimited Inc. – a landscaping company based in Rockvale, Tennessee – will pay $52,000 in back wages to 21 employees for violating labor provisions of the H-2B visa program. WHD also debarred the employer from participating in the H-2B temporary non-agricultural labor certification program for one year.

March 3, 2020

CORRECTION: Idaho Construction Company to Pay Employees $48,206 After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime, Child Labor Violations

BOISE, IDAHO – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Cano Roofing Inc. – a construction company doing business as Signature Roofing in Eagle, Idaho – will pay $48,206 to 68 employees for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime requirements. WHD also assessed $5,526 in civil penalties to Cano Roofing Inc. for several child labor violations.