News Releases

August 2, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Partners with Kansas Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant to Promote Safety During Facility Expansion Project

LENEXA, KS – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): the Kansas Department of Labor’s Division of Industrial Safety and Health, and McCarthy Building Companies Inc. in Leawood, Kansas, have established a strategic partnership to promote employee safety and health during construction of the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility Expansion Project in Lenexa, Kansas.

August 2, 2019

Statement by Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Pizzella on the July Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella issued the following statement on the July 2019 Employment Situation report:

“July’s Employment Situation Report demonstrates the steady and consistent growth of the American economy. The July unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7%, marking the seventeenth straight month in which the unemployment rate is at or below 4%.

August 1, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Bay Area Janitorial Company Paying Employees $450,584

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Bay Area Contract Maintenance – a janitorial company based in San Francisco, California – will pay $450,548 in back wages to 65 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found violations of the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 1, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Offer Compliance Seminar In Washington, DC, on Prevailing Wage Requirements

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will offer a compliance seminar in Washington, D.C., for contractors, unions, workers, and other interested parties to provide information on the rules governing federal prevailing wage requirements. The event will offer training on labor standards for federally funded construction and federal service contracts.

WHAT: Wage and Hour Division Prevailing Wage Seminar

WHEN: August 13-15, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT

August 1, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Induct Key Figures of The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act into the Hall of Honor

WASHINGTON, DC – In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the landmark Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA), the U.S. Department of Labor today announced that former U.S. Senator Robert Griffin and former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Howard Jenkins, Jr. will be the newest inductees to the Department's Hall of Honor in this fall.

August 1, 2019

Judge Orders Enterprise Rent a Car of Baltimore to Pay $6.6 Million To Job Applicants After Federal Hiring Discrimination Trial

LINTHICUM, MD - After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in the Department's Office of Administrative Law Judges has ordered Enterprise RAC Company of Baltimore LLC to pay $6,645,444 in lost earnings and benefits to 2,336 African-American applicants for the company's management trainee program.

August 1, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending July 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 215,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 206,000 to 207,000. The 4-week moving average was 211,500, a decrease of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 213,000 to 213,250.

July 31, 2019

New Jersey Company and Its President Found in Contempt of Court After Failing to Pay $412,000 in Penalties for OSHA Violations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has found Altor Inc. - a construction company based in Washington Township, New Jersey - and its president Vasilio Saites in contempt of court for failing to pay $412,000 in penalties assessed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA has cited Altor for numerous safety violations, including multiple willful violations of OSHA's fall protection standards.

July 31, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Releases Updates To the Functional Affirmative Action Program

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today released an opinion letter and FAQs to further the Department's efforts to increase the transparency and effectiveness of compliance assistance to help contractors meet their responsibilities for equal employment opportunity.

July 31, 2019

Acting Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella Encourages Governors To Collect Data on State Workers with Disabilities to Promote Hiring

WASHINGTON, DC – In light of the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella sent letters to America's governors encouraging them to collect data on the numbers of state employees with disabilities. Although not a requirement for states, tracking disability employment data allows states to better assess their hiring practices and compare their results with other states. Currently, only a few states routinely track this information.

July 30, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and Guatemala Sign Joint Memorandum of Agreement to Improve H-2A Nonimmigrant Visa Program Operations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today signed a bi-lateral cooperative agreement with Guatemala to facilitate increased transparency, accountability, and worker safety in the H-2A nonimmigrant visa program for temporary agricultural workers from Guatemala.

July 30, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Partners With Construction Contractor To Promote Workplace Safety During Atlanta Project

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a strategic partnership with Holder Construction Group LLC to promote worker safety and health during the construction of Project Fusion on West Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia.

July 30, 2019

Oklahoma Power Line Repair Company Pays $62,263 in Back Wages, Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime Violations

SHARON, OK – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Custom Energy Service Inc. – a power line repair company based in Sharon, Oklahoma – has paid $62,263 in back wages and liquidated damages to 11 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime requirements.

July 29, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Fines Construction Employer For Violating Federal H-2B Visa Program Rules

LAKE VILLAGE, AR – Following a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, Gonzalez Rebar LLC – based in Lake Village, Arkansas – has paid $20,312 in civil money penalties to settle H-2B non-immigrant visa program violations.

July 29, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Offer Compliance Assistance Sessions in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Federal Wage and Hour Laws

FAIRBANKS, AK - The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will offer two compliance assistance and educational outreach sessions in Fairbanks, Alaska, for employers, employees, their representatives, and other parties seeking assistance and guidance about federal wage and hour laws.

The Fairbanks compliance assistance events will begin with an introduction and an overview of WHD's mission, responsibilities, and functions. Attendance is free but space is limited.

July 29, 2019

Fuyao Glass America Inc. Faces $724,380 in Federal Penalties After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Multiple Hazards at Ohio Plant

OSHA initiated an inspection of the automotive glass manufacturer under the Agency's Site-Specific Targeting program, which directs enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rate of injuries and illnesses have occurred.

July 29, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Rule to Strengthen Retirement Security for Millions of American Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a rule to help strengthen retirement security for millions of small business employees across America.

July 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards Additional Funding to West Virginia for Continued Disaster Recovery in Response to Severe Storms

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today approved additional funding of $800,000 for a Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) awarded to Workforce West Virginia in response to severe storms in February 2018. This additional funding brings the total DWG funds awarded for this project to $1,633,325. 

July 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Encourages Municipalities to Participate in PAID Program

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella is sending letters to state and local governments encouraging their participation in the Wage and Hour Division's PAID program.

July 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Southern California Security Company Paying 63 Employees for Overtime Violations

SAN DIEGO, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Star Pro Security Patrol Inc. – a security company based in Costa Mesa, California – will pay $43,566 to 63 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).