News Releases

December 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in North Dakota Company Paying $1,174,291 in Back Wages to 275 Current and Former Employees

DICKINSON, ND – Wyoming Casing Service Inc. – based in Dickinson, North Dakota – will pay $1,174,291 in back wages to 275 current and former employees after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) revealed violations of the overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Provide Educational Forums in Missouri to Discuss Wage Laws, and Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program

ST. LOUIS, MO ­- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will present educational forums about developments in its policies and regulations, and its Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program (PAID), in Jefferson City and in St. Louis, Missouri, on December 11, 2018, and December 20, 2018, respectively.

December 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Recovered $1.5 Million in Back Wages and Damages for Southern California Garment Industry Employees This Year

LOS ANGELES, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor recovered more than $1.5 million in back wages and damages for 668 Southern California garment industry employees in investigations by its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in Fiscal Year 2018.

WHD investigations found employers paid below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. WHD also determined that employers it investigated often failed to pay employees overtime at time-and-one-half of their regular rates of pay when they worked more than 40 hours in a week, as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor and Lamar Outdoor Advertising Company Renew Alliance to Protect Workers

BRIDGEPORT, CT – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Lamar Outdoor Advertising Company have renewed an alliance to help protect the safety and health of employees in the outdoor advertising industry in Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

December 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage Hour Division Expands Staff in Alaska Interior Region

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor has placed a Wage and Hour Division investigator in Fairbanks, Alaska, to enhance its outreach and enforcement activities, and to ensure compliance with federal labor laws in the Alaska Interior Region.

December 6, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Statement Regarding National Miners Day

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta released the following statement regarding National Miners Day:

December 6, 2018

Florida Contractor to Pay $102,767 in Back Wages For Wage Violations After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

LEESBURG, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), White Aluminum & Windows LLC – based in Leesburg, Florida – will pay $102,767 in back wages to 41 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 6, 2018

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending December 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 231,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 234,000 to 235,000. The 4-week moving average was 228,000, an increase of 4,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 223,250 to 223,750.

December 4, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Conducting Wage Survey Of Indiana Residential Construction Projects

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a statewide survey of active residential construction projects in Indiana between August 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018, to establish prevailing wage rates, as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts. The data collection initiative is not limited to federally funded construction projects.

December 4, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Michigan McDonalds Franchisee Paying $26,487 Penalty for Child Labor Violations at 10 Restaurants

JACKSON, MI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Stejoca Inc. - a Jackson, Michigan, operator of 10 McDonalds’ restaurants - has paid $26,487 in civil money penalties for child labor violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

December 4, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Returns to Normal Enforcement In Northern Mariana Islands Following Typhoon Yutu

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has returned to normal enforcement operations throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) following Typhoon Yutu. OSHA will continue to provide compliance assistance and outreach through the CNMI Onsite Consultation Office.

December 4, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Provide Educational Forum on Resolving Overtime and Minimum Wage Violations in Austin, Texas, On December 17, 2018

AUSTIN, TX - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will present an educational forum about developments in its policies and regulations, and its Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program (PAID), in Austin, Texas, on December 17, 2018.

December 3, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Assistance For Alaska Earthquake Recovery

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced actions it is taking to assist Americans in Alaska affected by the devastating earthquake.

"The Department of Labor is committed to supporting the American worker as Alaska recovers from last week’s earthquake," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta.

December 3, 2018

Alabama Installation Company to Pay $134,097 to 22 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations

ELBERTA, AL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Paradise Granite LLC – a countertop installation company based in Elberta, Alabama – will pay $134,097 in back wages and liquidated damages to 22 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department also assessed the company a civil penalty of $8,097.

December 3, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Provide Educational Forum December 6th in Houston on Resolving Overtime and Minimum Wage Violations

HOUSTON, TX - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will present an educational forum about developments in its policies and regulations, and its Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program (PAID), in Houston, Texas, on December 6, 2018.

December 3, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Releases 2018 Form M-1 and Top 10 Filing Tips

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today released the 2018 Form M-1 and related instructions. Administrators of Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs) that provide medical benefits, including Association Health Plans (AHPs), must file the Form M-1 with the Department annually and following certain events, such as a MEWA’s expansion into a new State. 

December 3, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Sacramento-Area Gas Stations Paying $45,957 to 40 Employees to Resolve Wage Violations

SACRAMENTO, CA – Self-Serve Petroleum Inc. – owner and operator of multiple gas stations and convenience stores in Northern California – will pay $45,957 to 40 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found overtime, minimum wage, and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 30, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Consent Order and Judgment Providing Restitution to Employees Charged Higher Medical Premiums

COLUMBUS, IN – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has ordered the fiduciaries of the Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. Welfare Benefit Plan to pay restitution of $145,635 to 596 employees of the Dorel Juvenile Group Inc.’s California, Indiana, and Massachusetts facilities who paid a tobacco use surcharge as part of their medical insurance premium.

November 30, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Illinois Contractor For Exposing Workers to Falls

PALATINE, IL ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Manuel Gallardo – operator of Palatine, Illinois-based Gallardo’s Construction Services Inc. – for exposing roofers to fall hazards. OSHA proposed penalties totaling $190,314. This is the 11th time since 2016 that OSHA has cited this company for fall hazards.

November 30, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Announces New Policies

WASHINGTON, DC– The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) today announced three directives aimed at establishing an opinion letter process and enhancing OFCCP’s Help Desk, establishing a process to resolve compliance evaluations at the earliest stage possible with corporate-wide compliance, and clarifying the Agency’s compliance review procedures.