News Releases

July 26, 2019

Federal Court Orders Farm Labor Contractor to Pay Penalties, Improve Practices for Role in Fatal Crash

SAN DIEGO, CA – Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has entered a consent judgment requiring Healthy Harvesting Inc. and Fernando Pineda Garcia to pay $79,153 in civil penalties for violations of the Migrant Seasonal Workers Protection Act (MSPA). The action stems from a vehicle accident where a van overturned, killing one worker and injuring six others in March 2017, near Calexico, California.

July 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Arizona Contractor Paying Employees $723,674

PHOENIX, AZ – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, Younger Brothers Companies – a contractor based in Peoria, Arizona – will pay $723,764 to 271 employees. WHD investigators found violations of the overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

July 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites New York Manufacturer For Violations after Employee Injury at Long Island Plant

WESTBURY, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited U.S. Nonwovens Corp. – a home and personal care fabric product manufacturer – for repeat and serious safety violations after an employee suffered a fractured hand at the plant in Hauppauge, New York. The company faces $287,212 in penalties.

July 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor-funded Online Toolkit Helps Employers Ensure Disability-Inclusive Workplaces

WASHINGTON, DC - To help employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability nondiscrimination laws and regulations, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy-sponsored Job Accommodation Network (JAN) developed the Workplace Accommodation Toolkit.

July 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Wisconsin Lumber Mill for Exposing Employees to Machine and Other Hazards Following Fatality

ARBOR VITAE, WI The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Pukall Lumber Company Inc. – a lumber mill in Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin – for exposing employees to multiple safety hazards following a worker fatality. The company faces penalties of $348,467.  

July 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Celebrates the First Anniversary of the Pledge to America’s Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella joined President Donald J. Trump, members of the Cabinet and senior officials at a White House event today recognizing the first anniversary of the Administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers.

July 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Pennsylvania Country Club Paying $105,686 in Back Wages and Damages

INDIANA, PA – Indiana Country Club – based in Indiana, Pennsylvania – will pay $52,843 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages, following a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation that found minimum wage violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

July 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Offer Compliance Seminar in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Prevailing Wage Requirements

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will offer a compliance seminar in Indianapolis, Indiana, 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 27-29, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT

July 25, 2019

Federal Contractor to Pay $159,050 in Back Wages for Hiring Discrimination Found in U.S. Department of Labor Compliance Evaluation

PASCAGOULA, MS – Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. – a military shipbuilder and federal contactor based in Newport News, Virginia – has agreed to pay $159,050 in back wages and interest to resolve alleged systemic hiring discrimination violations found in a routine compliance evaluation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The company has also agreed to make job offers to six eligible class members who express an interest in employment and meet qualifications.

July 25, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending July 13, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 13 was 1,676,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 3,000 from 1,686,000 to 1,689,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,697,250, a decrease of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 1,701,000 to 1,701,750.

July 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces $2.5 Million To Support Women Affected by Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a new grant program to help women affected by the opioid crisis re-enter the workforce. The Re-Employment, Support, and Training for the Opioid Related Epidemic (RESTORE) grant will award $2.5 million to organizations that assist in providing coordinated, employment-focused services to women.

July 24, 2019

John P. Pallasch Sworn in as Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration

WASHINGTON, DC – Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella today swore in John P. Pallasch as the Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) during a ceremony at the Frances Perkins Building.

July 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds New Jersey Contractor Exposed Employees to Lead and Other Hazards at Pennsylvania Worksite

FRENCHTOWN, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Scot Christopher Rule LLC for exposing workers to lead and other workplace hazards as the company renovated and remodeled a worksite in Easton, Pennsylvania. The company faces $104,637 in proposed penalties.

July 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Additional Compliance Assistance to Contractors

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released FAQs today on three different topics. The FAQs are another step in the Department's efforts to increase the transparency and effectiveness of compliance assistance to help contractors meet their responsibilities for equal employment opportunity. 

July 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $11.1 Million to State Workforce Programs To Provide High-Quality Data, Enhance Effectiveness

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $11.1 million in Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grants designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of state workforce data systems, and ultimately, the workforce programs in these states.

July 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Norcross, Georgia, Transit Service Provider for Exposing Employees to Safety and Health Hazards

NORCROSS, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Transdev Services Inc. for exposing employees at a Norcross, Georgia, worksite to safety and health hazards. The company faces $188,714 in penalties.

July 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Opinion Letter Regarding Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ Pay Groups

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has issued a new opinion letter that addresses obtaining assistance and working collaboratively with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) when developing pay analysis groups for conducting compensation analyses.

An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Department's OFCCP on how Agency guidance and regulations apply in specific circumstances presented by the individual person or entity that requested the letter.

July 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Kicks Off Safe + Sound Week on August 12

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will join businesses and organizations nationwide to recognize the importance and successes of workplace safety and health programs during Safe + Sound Week, August 12-18, 2019.

July 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Wage and Hour Opinion Letter

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has issued a new opinion letter that addresses compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the individual person or entity that requested the letter.

July 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Makes Staff Announcements

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Labor announced the following personnel changes effective today, July 22, 2019.