November 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Painting Contractor Paying $107,890 in Wages for Overtime Violations

ORLANDO, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Memos Painting & Drywall Inc. – based in Orlando, Florida – will pay $107,890 in back wages to 101 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 7, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending November 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 211,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 218,000 to 219,000. The 4-week moving average was 215,250, an increase of 250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 214,750 to 215,000.

November 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Christopher E. Hagerup As Regional Representative for Chicago Office

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that Christopher E. Hagerup has been named Regional Representative for its Chicago Regional Office.

“The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to working with state and local governments and organizations to create more opportunities for America’s workers,” U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella said. “Regional Representatives ensure that our partnerships with communities throughout the region remain strong and productive while we pursue policies that encourage economic growth.” 

November 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Determines No U.S. Mining Operations Met Pattern of Violations Criteria for 5th Consecutive Year

ARLINGTON, VA – For the fifth consecutive year, none of the nation’s more than 13,000 mining operations met the criteria for a Pattern of Violations (POV), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced today. The screening period started on September 1, 2018, and ended on August 31, 2019.

November 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces James J. Fitzpatrick As Regional Representative for Philadelphia Office

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that James J. Fitzpatrick has been named Regional Representative for its Philadelphia Regional Office.

“The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to working with state and local governments and organizations to create more opportunities for America’s workers,” U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella said. “Regional Representatives ensure that our partnerships with communities throughout the region remain strong and productive while we pursue policies that encourage economic growth.” 

November 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $1.5 Million in Additional Disaster Recovery Funding to Ohio in Response to Severe Storms and Flooding

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced additional funding of $1,560,000 for a Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant awarded to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The funds will allow the state to complete remaining disaster-relief recovery efforts in response to severe storms impacting southeastern counties in February 2018.

November 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Ruth Burns Sherlock As Regional Representative for Atlanta Office

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that Ruth Burns Sherlock has been named Regional Representative for its Atlanta Regional Office.

November 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Jeffrey Earle Stone As Regional Representative for San Francisco Office

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that former California State Senator Jeffrey Earle Stone has been named Regional Representative for its San Francisco Regional Office.

November 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Presents 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Awards

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded 427 employers from around the nation for recruiting, employing and retaining America's veterans. The award recipients attest to hiring more than 52,000 veterans since 2017.

The awards were presented at a ceremony hosted by Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia at the Department's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

November 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Increasing Workers’ Assistance And Protection Against Foreign Trade

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would both expand worker access to support opportunities, such as apprenticeships, and make it easier for states to administer the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers (TAA) Program. This NPRM marks the first proposed regulatory update to the TAA Program in more than two decades.

November 5, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks to Clarify Rule to Improve Veterans, Military Service Members and Families’ Access to Healthcare

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) intended to clarify OFCCP's authority to help veterans, uniformed service members, and their families get access to the healthcare services they need.

November 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Agricultural Employment Initiative Recovers $422,152 for Southern and Central California Workers

LOS ANGELES, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently concluded an agricultural employment focused educational and enforcement initiative that recovered $422,152 in back wages for 443 low-wage workers across California and assessed $85,168 in civil penalties primarily against growers in Central California.

November 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Expand Access To Bonuses for America’s Workers

WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would allow job creators to offer bonuses or other incentive-based pay to employees whose hours vary from week to week.

November 1, 2019

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

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued the following statement on the October 2019 Employment Situation report:

"Significantly exceeding expectations, the U.S. economy added 128,000 new jobs in October. An additional 95,000 jobs in upward revisions for August and September show a stronger labor market than previously reported.

October 31, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Funding Opportunity To Support Communities Impacted by the Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of up to $20 million in funding as part of a new pilot grant program that addresses the health and economic impacts of widespread substance and opioid misuse, addiction and overdose by providing retraining and other services to workers in significantly impacted communities.

October 31, 2019

Sysco Corporation Enters Into Conciliation Agreements with U.S. Department of Labor to Resolve Discrimination Allegations

PHILADELPHIA, PA - After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Sysco Corp. has entered into conciliation agreements with the Department of Labor to resolve alleged gender discrimination at its Sysco Baltimore LLC, Sysco Eastern Maryland LLC, Sysco Central Pennsylvania LLC and Sysco Virginia LLC locations.

October 31, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending October 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 218,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 212,000 to 213,000. The 4-week moving average was 214,750, a decrease of 500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 215,000 to 215,250. 

October 30, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Hosts National Disability Employment Awareness Month Event on Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia and Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella joined mental health advocates today at an event marking National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) at the U.S. Department of Labor’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

October 30, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Statement on the National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Program Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs Director Julia Hearthway issued the following statement on the National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Program Workers:

"Seventy-seven years ago, the United States launched the Manhattan Project to harness the power of the atom and create the first atomic bomb.

October 30, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Central New York Roofing Contractor

SYRACUSE, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Proctor Enterprises Inc. – based in Stanley, New York, and doing business as Proctor Roofing and Contracting – for exposing employees to falls at a Stanley, New York, worksite. The roofing contractor faces a total of $116,686 in penalties for two willful violations of OSHA standards.