News Releases

June 6, 2019

Mississippi Landscaping Company Pays $44,832 in Back Wages and Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime Violations in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, FL – After an investigation by the U.S Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Gulf Breeze Landscaping LLC – based in Gautier, Mississippi – has paid $44,832 in back wages and liquidated damages to 11 employees for violating overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

June 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Arizona Metal Extraction Facility After Workers Burned By Electrical Arc Flash

PHOENIX, AZ – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited ASARCO – a metal smelting company – for electrical hazards after an arc flash caused three workers to suffer severe burns at its facility in Hayden, Arizona. The company faces $278,456 in penalties for two willful violations and one serious violation.

June 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Partnership Promotes Workplace Safety During Construction of Poultry Research Lab in Athens, Georgia

ATHENS, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a strategic partnership with the Associated General Contractors of Georgia Inc. and Mortenson Construction to promote worker safety and health during the construction of the U.S. National Poultry Research Center, Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Athens, Georgia.

June 6, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending June 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 218,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 3,000 from 215,000 to 218,000. The 4-week moving average was 215,000, a decrease of 2,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 216,750 to 217,500.

June 5, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Orange County Welding Company Paying $529,186 to Resolve Overtime Violations

SAN DIEGO, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), JEM Unlimited Iron Inc. – a welding company based in Anaheim, California – will pay $529,186 to 145 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

June 5, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Los Angeles Garment Contractor Paying $53,876 to 21 Employees to Resolve Wage Violations

LOS ANGELES, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), ESS Apparel Inc. – a garment sewing contractor based in Los Angeles, California – will pay $53,876 to 21 employees for violating the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

June 4, 2019

Federal Judge Orders Arizona Farm Labor Contractors to Pay Employees Back Wages, Comply with Safe Transportation Laws

PHOENIX, AZ – The U.S. District Court in Arizona has banned one local farm labor contractor from doing business as a contractor permanently and ordered another to comply with all applicable laws in the future after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation revealed systemic violations of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) and the labor provisions of the H-2A foreign guest worker program.

June 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds North Carolina Restaurant Allowed Minors to Work Beyond Legally Allowed Hours

CORNELIUS, NC - After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Cowboy LKN LLC – a restaurant based in Cornelius, North Carolina – has paid a $12,085 civil money penalty for violating the child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

June 4, 2019

South Florida Security Company to Pay $66,412 in Back Wages and Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations

MIAMI, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), AWA Security Inc. – a security company based in Miami, Florida – will pay $66,412 in back wages and liquidated damages to 23 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

June 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Saipan Staffing Agency Paying $163,327 in Back Wages, Damages to Resolve Wage Violations

SAIPAN, CNMI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Saint Trading Co. Inc. – a hotel staffing agency based in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands – will pay $163,327 in back wages and liquidated damages to 73 employees for violating the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Additionally, WHD assessed $40,150 in penalties because of the repeat nature of the violations.

June 4, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Provides National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant to Combat Opioid Crisis in Ohio

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an opioid-crisis Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services for up to up to $11,000,000, with $3,666,667 released initially. This grant will provide disaster-relief jobs and employment services to eligible individuals in Ohio impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose.

June 3, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites South Florida Farm After Employee Becomes Ill from Exposure to Ammonia Vapor

BELLE GLADE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc. – based in Belle Glade, Florida – for exposing employees to workplace safety hazards after a worker required medical treatment due to an anhydrous ammonia leak in the farm's packaging house. The company faces $95,472 in penalties.

May 31, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Florida Resort Management Company Unlawfully Employed Non-Immigrant Guest Workers

PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), By The Sea Resorts Inc. – based in Panama City Beach, Florida – will pay $38,513 in back wages to 78 guest workers for violating overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and labor provisions of the H-2B visa program. In total, $7,304 in back wages were found as a result of FLSA violations, while $31,209 in back wages were found for H-2B violations.By The Sea Resorts Inc. also paid a civil penalty of $12,695.

May 31, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Continues Education and Enforcement Campaign to Boost Compliance in Southeast’s Agriculture Industry

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is currently engaged in an education and enforcement initiative to boost compliance in the Southeast's agricultural industry, educate stakeholders, employers, and employees about federal wage laws, and to provide employers with compliance assistance.

May 31, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Provides Disaster Relief Employment Funding for West Virginia Communities Affected by Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an opioid-crisis Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) to Workforce West Virginia for up to up to $10,000,000, with $3,333,333 released initially. This grant will provide disaster-relief jobs and employment services to eligible individuals in West Virginia impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose.

May 30, 2019

Michigan Employment Services Company to Pay $1,145,256 in Back Wages for Visa Program Violations Found By U.S. Department of Labor

TROY, MI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found violations of the labor provisions of the H-1B visa program, Populus Group – based in Troy, Michigan – will pay $1,145,256 in back wages to 594 employees.

The H-1B visa program permits American employers to employ nonimmigrants to work temporarily in specialized occupations in the U.S when they cannot otherwise obtain needed business skills and abilities from the U.S. workforce.

May 30, 2019

Tennessee Pediatric Clinic Enterprise to Pay $92,510 in Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Violations

NASHVILLE, TN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Capstone Pediatrics PLLC – a Nashville, Tennessee-based pediatric clinic enterprise – will pay $92,510 in back wages to 31 employees for violating the overtime, minimum wage, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

May 30, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in South Carolina Restaurant Paying $92,670 to 9 Employees for Wage Violations

SIMPSONVILLE, SC – LCV Jalisco Inc. – a restaurant based in Simpsonville, South Carolina – has paid $92,670 in back wages to nine employees after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the employer violated the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

May 30, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations At North Carolina Countertop Company

WAYNESVILLE, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Vandelay Stone Tops Inc. – a granite and quartz countertop installation company based in Waynesville, North Carolina – has paid $23,348 in back wages and liquidated damages to 13 employees for violations of the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

May 30, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $100,326 for 26 Georgia Restaurant Employees After Investigation Finds Overtime Violations

JACKSON, GA – Buckner's Family Restaurant LLC – a family restaurant based in Jackson, Georgia – has paid $100,326 in back wages and liquidated damages to 26 employees after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the employer violated the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).