February 7, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $184K in back wages, damages for 56 workers shortchanged by Naples restaurant

TAMPA, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $184,139 in back wages and liquidated damages for 56 seasonal guest workers and U.S. workers of a Naples restaurant after finding multiple violations of federal nonimmigrant work program regulations and federal minimum wage and overtime regulations. 

February 7, 2024

US Department of Labor finds Case Farms Processing again exposes workers to multiple hazards at Ohio chicken processing plant

WINESBURG, OH ‒ A chicken processing plant – with a long history of violations ‒ again failed to comply with federal safety regulations and exposed workers to multiple hazards while they processed chickens for commercial sale, federal inspectors found. 

February 7, 2024

Franquicia de Popeyes paga $212K tras una investigación del Departamento de Trabajo por violaciones de trabajo infantil y no pago de horas extras

Empleador:    14th St. Chicken Corp., que opera como Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits

                        7007 International Blvd.

                        Oakland, CA 94621                                                                                                      

February 7, 2024

Popeyes franchisee pays $212K after US Department of Labor investigation finds child labor, overtime violations

Employer:      14th St. Chicken Corp., operating as Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits

                        7007 International Blvd.

February 7, 2024

Roofing contractor pays $117,175 penalty after 15-year-old’s fatal fall at Alabama work site

CULLMAN, AL Apex Roofing & Restoration LLC paid $117,175 in civil money penalties after the U.S. Department of Labor determined that the Pelham roofing contractor employed a 15-year-old child in violation of federal child labor laws, resulting in the child’s death at a Cullman worksite. 

February 7, 2024

Court orders Connecticut sports bar, owner to pay $359K for retaliating against employees

HARTFORD, CT – After investigations and litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, a federal court ordered a Milford sports bar and its owner to pay employees a total of $359,485 in back pay, emotional distress damages, withheld compensation and punitive damages for violating the anti-retaliation provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

February 6, 2024

US Department of Labor obtains emergency court order to protect retirement plan assets; alleges Pittsburgh company, owner embezzled over $5.5M from plans

Date of action: February 5, 2024

Type of action: An emergency temporary restraining order issued by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The action follows a complaint and motion filed by the U.S. Department of Labor on January 26, 2024.

February 6, 2024

US Department of Labor, Nevada Office of the Labor Commissioner partner to protect and promote workers’ rights, educate employers

LAS VEGAS – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Wage and Hour Division district office in Las Vegas and the Nevada Office of the Labor Commissioner signed a collaborative partnership to enhance and promote joint outreach, investigations and information sharing.

February 6, 2024

US Department of Labor fines Michigan Popeyes franchise $48K; restaurant allowed children to work hours that violate child labor laws

Employer:      Michigan Multi-King Inc., doing business as Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

                        4897 Rochester Road

                        Troy, MI 48085

Investigation findings: An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found teens working at a Troy Popeyes franchise in violation of hours allowed by the Fair Labor Standards Act’s child labor standards. 

February 6, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $200K for employee illegally terminated by Georgia county health agency for exercising rights to protected leave

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $200,000 for a former Cobb & Douglas Public Health worker after the county agency violated the worker’s rights to protected leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

February 5, 2024

US Department of Labor, Office of the Trade Representative announce successful remediation of denial of workers’ rights at Goodyear tire plant in Mexico

WASHINGTON – The United States government today announced the successful resolution of a U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Rapid Response Labor Mechanism matter at the Goodyear rubber tire facility in San Luis Potosí. 

February 5, 2024

US Department of Labor cites Alabama construction employer after heat illness claims life of 33-year-old worker at Huntsville job site

HUNTSVILLE, AL – During the peak of summer in July 2023, a 33-year-old concrete finisher collapsed at a Huntsville construction site after showing clear signs of heat illness, a tragedy that federal safety investigators found could have been prevented had the employer followed established safety practices for heat hazards.

February 5, 2024

Department of Labor investigation recovers $547K in back wages, damages after finding Guam construction contractor again shortchanged workers

BARRIGADA, GUAM – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $547,378 in back wages and liquidated damages for 139 employees of a federal construction contractor in Guam who shortchanged them in violation of federal labor laws.

February 5, 2024

Steele agricultural employer pays over $18K in back wages, penalties after giving H-2A workers preferential treatment over U.S. workers

Employer:                              Boatwright Farms LLC

                                                2683 County Road 42

                                                Steele, AL 35987                         

February 5, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $320K in back wages, damages for 59 employees of restaurant in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood

BOSTON – A restaurant in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood has paid a total of $320,000 in back wages, liquidated damages and punitive damages to 59 current and former employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act following an investigation by the U.S.

February 5, 2024

Departamento de Trabajo de los EE. UU., la Oficina del Contralor de Puerto Rico renuevan el acuerdo para compartir información y recursos sobre cuestiones salariales.

Participantes:                                    Departamento de Trabajo de los EE. UU., División de Horas y Salarios

                                                Oficina del Contralor del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico

February 5, 2024

US Department of Labor, Puerto Rico Office of the Comptroller renew agreement to share information, resources on wage issues

Participants:                          U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division

                                                Office of the Comptroller of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

February 5, 2024

US Department of Labor recovers $181K for 70 nurses, assistants denied overtime after Michigan company misclassifies them as contractors

Employers:    Reliance Staffing LLC, Fahim Uddin, owner

Actions:          Fair Labor Standards Act consent judgment

Courts:           U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan 

February 5, 2024

US Department of Labor offers webinar for hospitality industry employers, workers, other stakeholders for Hospitality Worker Appreciation Day

Who:               U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division          

What:             Labor law webinar for Hospitality Worker Appreciation Day 

When:             Feb. 22, 2024, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST   

February 2, 2024

Statement by Acting Secretary of Labor Su on January jobs report

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su issued the following statement on the January 2024 Employment Situation report: 

“Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the American economy added 353,000 jobs in January, bringing the total jobs created under President Biden to 14.8 million. The unemployment rate held at its steady, low rate of 3.7 percent. This continues a two-year trend of a jobless rate under four percent, the longest stretch in more than 50 years.