November 2, 2022

Jury decides Westmoreland County restaurant, owner willfully denied 15 servers, kitchen workers full wages over 5-year period

DELMONT, PA – Following a three-day trial and three years of litigation, a jury in a federal court in Pennsylvania has determined a Delmont restaurant and its owner intentionally shortchanged 15 servers, dishwashers, bussers and cooks more than $214,000 in wages, confirming the findings of a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation and litigation by its Office of the Solicitor.

November 2, 2022

US Department of Labor recognizes Chatham Village Foods for workplace safety, health excellence with ‘Star’ designation

 

Participant:   Chatham Village Foods, Wareham, Massachusetts

November 2, 2022

Court enters consent order requiring New Hampshire home healthcare business to stop retaliation, intimidation alleged by US Department of Labor

CONCORD, NH  – The U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire has entered a consent preliminary injunction to prevent a West Lebanon home healthcare business and its president from coercing employees to “kick back” wages recovered for them by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. The court also ordered them to stop interfering with a current investigation.

November 1, 2022

Profit Over People: Alarming trend continues at Dollar General stores where seven Southeast inspections again find willful violations

ATLANTA Less than one month after the U.S. Department of Labor cited Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC with more than $1.6 million in penalties for putting its workers’ safety at risk, federal inspectors have issued citations for similar violations at store locations in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, and added $2,777,640 in proposed penalties now owed by one of the nation’s largest discount retailers.

November 1, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $88K in back wages, damages for 90 caregivers denied overtime by Nampa home care agency

NAMPA, ID – A federal investigation has recovered $88,185 in back wages and liquidated damages for 90 caregivers employed by an Idaho home care agency whose pay practices denied the workers their legally earned wages, including overtime.

October 31, 2022

Philadelphia contractor’s history of exposing workers to deadly fall hazards continues, US Department of Labor proposes $269K in penalties

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia framing contractor faces $269,594 in proposed penalties after the company was again found exposing employees to deadly fall hazards at a residential worksite in the city’s Roxborough section on April 21, 2022.  

October 31, 2022

Federal court denies health provider’s bid to limit US Department of Labor’s OSH Act enforcement authority

NEW YORK – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has denied a Staten Island health provider’s attempt to prevent the U.S. Department of Labor from pursuing damages for a COVID-19 whistleblower whose private state whistleblower claim was dismissed.

October 31, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $102K in tips, back wages, liquidated damages for Maine restaurant workers denied overtime, tips

MANCHESTER, NH – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $51,217 in restored tips and back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages from the operator of three Cumberland County, Maine, restaurants that denied 25 workers their full overtime wages or kept portions of their earned tips illegally.

October 27, 2022

Ohio manufacturer faces $1.2M in penalties after 7th worker in 5 years suffers severe injuries when caught in machine employer failed to lock out

FOSTORIA, OH – An Ohio vinyl tile manufacturer faces $1,232,705 in proposed penalties after U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors responded when a worker suffered severe injuries as a result of being caught in a machine on April 28, 2022.

October 27, 2022

Federal court orders design firm and CEO to pay $540K to employee benefit plan after US Labor Department investigation finds overpayment for shares

ATLANTA – A federal court judge has ordered TPP Holdings Inc., an Atlanta architecture and interior design firm operating as The Preston Partnership, LLC, and its CEO, Robert N. Preston, to restore $540,658 to TPP’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) following an investigation and litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

October 27, 2022

Court orders Mesa Air Group to change company policy to make sure flight attendants, pilots can exercise rights to family, medical leave

PHOENIX – A federal court has ordered Arizona-based Mesa Air Group – operating regional flights for American and United airlines as Mesa Airlines – to follow federal law and correct the company’s pay policy that prevented flight attendants and pilots from exercising their rights to take time off from work for qualifying reasons under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

October 27, 2022

Part-owner of Pittsburgh assisted living provider that denied wages, intimidated workers pays $1M in back wages, damages after federal investigation, litigation

PITTSBURGH – The part-owner and operator of a Pittsburgh-area assisted living provider has paid more than $1 million in back wages and liquidated damages to 47 workers after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found their pay practices denied the workers their rightfully earned wages.

October 27, 2022

Federal appeals court finds Pennsylvania poultry processing facility in contempt for failing to pay $162K in penalties, address safety violations

WASHINGTON – A federal court has found Birdsboro Kosher Farms Corp. in contempt for failing to pay $162,359 in penalties after an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found numerous safety hazards, including willful, serious and repeat violations.

October 27, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending October 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 217,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 214,000. The 4-week moving average was 219,000, an increase of 6,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 212,250.

October 25, 2022

Federal court orders Illinois home healthcare company, president, owner, to restore more than $85K to employee retirement plan

Date of Action:                      Oct. 20, 2022

Type of Action:                     Employee Retirement Income Security Act judgment

Company/Officers:               David Rine and Julieta Mitra

October 24, 2022

The high cost of wage theft: Southern California car wash operator pays $202K in back wages, damages to 13 workers after federal investigation

WEST COVINA, CA – A federal investigation has recovered $202,192 in back wages and liquidated damages for 13 workers at a Southern California car wash, whose employer shortchanged them, tried to conceal their wrongdoing, and committed other violations of federal law.

October 24, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $86K in back wages, damages for 74 healthcare workers at New Hampshire rehabilitation living facility

Employer:    Bedford Nursing & Rehab Services LLC, operating as Bedford Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Site:               480 Donald St. Bedford, New Hampshire 03110