News Releases

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).

May 30, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Debars Government Contractor For Failing to Pay Prevailing Wages

TAMPA, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has debarred Pro-Fit Development Inc. – a development, construction, and roofing contractor based in Tampa, Florida – after an investigation found the employer violated requirements of the Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA). Debarment prohibits the employer from bidding on federally funded construction projects for three years.

May 30, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending May 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 215,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 211,000 to 212,000. The 4-week moving average was 216,750, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 220,250 to 220,500.  

May 29, 2019

Clothing Retailer Pays $84,048 in Back Wages, Damages, and Penalties After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Child Labor, Retaliation Violations

SPANISH FORK, UT – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Leggings Live – operating as Legg-A-Licious – has paid a total of $84,048 in back wages, liquidated damages, and penalties to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at the company's Spanish Fork, Utah, facility.

May 29, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Tire Manufacturer And Contractors for 22 Safety and Health Violations

MACON, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a combined 22 citations to Kumho Tire Georgia Inc., Sae Joong Mold Inc., and J-Brothers Inc. after a follow-up inspection found safety and health hazards at the tire manufacturing facility in Macon, Georgia. The three companies collectively face $523,895 in proposed penalties.

May 29, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Four Florida Construction Contractors For Exposing Employees to Safety Hazards at Residential Worksite

NAPLES, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited four Florida-based residential construction contractors for exposing employees to safety hazards at a Naples, Florida, worksite. The four companies received 12 citations collectively, totaling $220,114 in proposed penalties.

May 29, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Signs Strategic Partnership to Promote Workplace Safety During Construction of Montana Hospital Expansion Project

BILLINGS, MT – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a strategic partnership with Layton Construction Company LLC to promote worker safety and health during construction of a new addition to the Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman, Montana.

May 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in San Diego Restaurant Paying Employees $29,992 in Back Wages and Damages

SAN DIEGO, CA –  O-Fire Corp. – operating as Onami Seafood Buffet in San Diego, California – will pay $29,992 in back wages and liquidated damages to two employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found violations of the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

May 27, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Issues Statement Regarding Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement today regarding Memorial Day:

“On Memorial Day, Americans pause to honor and remember the courage, dedication, and patriotism of those who gave their lives to defend our nation in their service. We are eternally grateful for their ultimate sacrifice. Because of their courageous actions in battle, we are blessed with cherished freedoms that will forever be passed on from generation to generation.”

May 24, 2019

U.S Department of Labor Cites Texas Rubber Company for Safety Violations

HOUSTON, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Custom Rubber Products LLC – based in Houston, Texas – for failing to properly guard machinery and exposing employees to severe injury and amputation hazards. The company faces $530,392 in fines, the maximum penalty allowable by law.

May 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps Announcement

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the U.S. Department of Labor accepted a letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stating the USDA's Forest Service will withdraw from operating Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers (CCC). This action creates an opportunity to serve a greater number of students at higher performing centers at a lower cost to taxpayers by modernizing and reforming part of the Job Corps program.  

May 24, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor, State of Iowa, Electrical Workers Union Renew Alliance to Improve Workplace Safety for Electrical Industry

DES MOINES, IA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed an alliance with the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Division of Labor Services, and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union #55 to address safety and health hazards in the electrical industry.

May 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Event for Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers in Harrison and Dublin, Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor will host two town hall meetings to discuss the benefits available to current and former nuclear weapons workers from covered facilities, and their families, under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

May 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards National Dislocated Worker Grant for Disaster Response in Ohio after Severe Storms and Flooding

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today approved Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding up to $8,828,533, with $2,942,844 released initially, for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The funding assists with the assessment of workforce needs in response to record-breaking rainfall that caused extreme flooding and embankment failures, along with extensive damage to critical roads and culverts. Severe storms battered Ohio from February 5 through 13, 2019, affecting nearly one third of the state.

May 23, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending May 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 211,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 212,000. The 4-week moving average was 220,250, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 225,000.

May 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Fines Pennsylvania Manufacturer For Workplace Safety Hazards Following Employee Amputation

STRATTANVILLE, PA –The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Champion Modular Inc. for exposing employees to safety and health hazards at its Strattanville, Pennsylvania, facility. The company faces $687,650 in penalties.

OSHA initiated an inspection after an employee suffered an amputation in November 2018. The Agency issued willful and serious citations for failing to use machine guarding, provide fall protection, and train workers on hazard communication and hearing conservation.

May 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in New York Horse Racing Trainer Paying $1,617,673 in Back Wages, Damages, Penalties

NEW YORK, NY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Chad C. Brown Inc. and owner Chad Brown will pay a total of $1,617,673 in back wages, liquidated damages, and civil penalties for willful violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the labor provisions of the H-2B non-immigrant visa program.

May 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Framing Contractor for Exposing Employees To Fall Hazards at Alabama Worksite

GULF SHORES, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited R Coast Construction LLC for exposing employees to fall hazards at a Gulf Shores, Alabama, worksite. The framing contractor faces $79,181 in penalties.

May 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Education and Outreach Event To Promote Employment of Veterans and Military Spouses

ATLANTA, GA - The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) are collaborating with the Georgia Department of Labor, the Atlanta VA Health Care System, and the Goodwill Career Center to host a veteran's education and outreach event on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. The event is titled, "From Deployment to Employment: Hire a Veteran Career and Resource Linkage."

May 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Makes Staff Announcements

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced current Deputy Chief of Staff and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration Molly Conway has been named Chief of Staff effective June 1, 2019.