News Releases

November 29, 2018

Arkansas Amusement Park Operator Resolves Child Labor Violations Found in U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

HOT SPRINGS, AR – Premier Parks LLC – operator of Magic Springs Theme and Water Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas – has paid $13,734 in civil money penalties to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) child labor provisions discovered during a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation.

November 29, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Recovers $15,917 In Back Wages and Damages for 25 Mississippi Hotel Employees

BATESVILLE, MS – Prime Inns Inc. – operator of a Hampton Inn hotel in Batesville, Mississippi – has paid $15,917 in back wages and liquidated damages to 25 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation determined the employer violated minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 29, 2018

Franchisee Pays $122,523 to 245 Restaurant Employees to Resolve Federal Wage and Hour Violations at Three Georgia Locations

ATLANTA, GA – RREMC Restaurant LLC – parent company of Denny's restaurants in Byron, Columbus, and Norcross, Georgia – has paid $122,523 in back wages and liquidated damages to 245 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation determined the employer violated minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 29, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Property Maintenance Company After Employee Suffers Burn Injuries

MCDAVID, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited L.A. Disaster Relief and Property Maintenance LLC after an employee suffered burn injuries at a McDavid, Florida, worksite. The property maintenance and land clearing company faces $94,415 in penalties.

November 29, 2018

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending November 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 234,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 224,000. The 4-week moving average was 223,250, an increase of 4,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 218,500.

November 28, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Initiative to Increase Awareness Of Trenching and Excavation Hazards and Solutions

ATLANTA, GA – Working in trenches and excavations can be hazardous, and trench collapses pose great risk to workers. To raise awareness of preventable incidents, compliance assistance specialists with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the Southeast are conducting outreach to educate employers and employees on the hazards associated with trenching and excavation work.

November 28, 2018

Four Restaurants in Minnesota and Iowa to Pay $831,232 in Back Wages to 113 Employees Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Three restaurants in Minnesota and one in northern Iowa will pay $831,232 in back wages to 113 current and former employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD). Investigators found violations of the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at the four restaurants.

November 28, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Electrical Contractor Paying $249,278 in Back Wages to 117 Employees

NEW IBERIA, LA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Ernest P. Breaux Electrical LLC – an electrical contractor based in New Iberia, Louisiana – has paid $249,278 in back wages to 117 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime and recordkeeping requirements.

November 27, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $3.2 Million in Back Wages, Damages, And Penalties from Portland, Oregon, Courier Service

PORTLAND, OR – The U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon has entered a consent judgment against Gerald (“Jerry”) Brazie, Jr. and three Portland, Oregon-based companies he controls, requiring that their drivers be paid $3,087,100 in wages and liquidated damages for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The judgment also requires the delivery service to pay $112,900 in civil money penalties.

November 27, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Notices of Safety Violations Following Fatality at Army Reserve Facility in California

SACRAMENTO, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued notices of safety violations to the U.S. Army Reserve 63 Regional Support Command at a Sacramento, California, maintenance facility.

November 27, 2018

U.S. District Court Sentences Springfield, Tennessee, Man to Prison and Orders Payment of $6,524,888 in Restitution for Healthcare Fraud Scheme

NASHVILLE, TN – The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee has sentenced Bart Posey – of Springfield, Tennessee – to 168 months in prison, 36 months of supervised release, and ordered the defendant to pay $6,524,888 restitution after a U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) investigation discovered a multi-million dollar insurance fraud that affected more than 17,000 individuals nationwide.

November 27, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Initiative Seeks to Ensure New Jersey’s Childcare Industry Complies With Federal Wage and Hour Regulations

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has begun an education and enforcement initiative to ensure New Jersey's childcare industry complies with federal wage laws, as the Division addresses consistent violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The initiative includes outreach efforts to provide WHD compliance assistance to educate childcare employers. WHD is working with stakeholders in the industry to provide the tools and information they need to understand their responsibilities and to comply with the law.

November 27, 2018

U.S. District Court Sentences Louisville Health Clinic Co-Founder to Prison and Orders Payment of $941,337 in Restitution for Healthcare Fraud Scheme

LOUISVILLE, KY – As a result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky has sentenced David Perez - co-founder of a Louisville, Kentucky, medical clinic - to 27 months in prison, two years of supervised release, and to pay $941,337 restitution for defrauding healthcare benefit programs.

November 27, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Two Florida Roofing Contractors For Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Derek Williams (operating as Elo Restoration Inc.) and Travis Slaughter (operating as Florida Roofing Experts Inc.) for exposing employees to fall hazards at a St. Augustine, Florida, worksite. Each company faces the maximum allowable penalty of $129,336.

November 26, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Roofing Contractor For Repeatedly Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Derek Williams – operating as Elo Restoration Inc. – for exposing employees to fall hazards at two separate worksites in St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, Florida. The roofing contractor faces $116,551 in penalties.

November 23, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Alabama Food Processor For Amputation and Other Hazards

BRUNDIDGE, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Southern Classic Food Group LLC for amputation and other hazards after two employees were hospitalized in separate incidents. The Brundidge, Alabama, food processor faces $164,997 in penalties.

November 23, 2018

Operators of South Florida Urinalysis Lab Sentenced to Prison and Ordered to Pay More Than $9.6 Million in Restitution for Healthcare Fraud

MIAMI, FL – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has sentenced the chief executive officer and the chief operating officer of Smart Lab LLC to prison and ordered them and the company to pay more than $9.6 million in restitution after a federal investigation found that they had defrauded healthcare benefit programs.

November 21, 2018

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending November 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 224,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 5,000 from 216,000 to 221,000. The 4-week moving average was 218,500, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,250 from 215,250 to 216,500.

November 20, 2018

Federal Court Orders Cleveland Business Owner to Pay Restitution, Serve 24 Months in Prison for Fraud and Theft of Employee Benefit Plan

CLEVELAND, OH – As a result of a joint investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has sentenced business executive C. David Snyder of Cleveland, Ohio, to serve 24 months of imprisonment, followed by an additional three years of supervised release, and to make more than $781,000 in restitution, following a federal investigation and prosecution leading to conviction on charges of embezzlement and tax fraud.

November 20, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Settles Allegations of Hiring Discrimination Against Federal Contractor in Denver, Colorado

DENVER, CO – The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a conciliation agreement with Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope Inc. - a federal government contractor that supplies building materials - to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination at the company’s Denver, Colorado, facility.