June 7, 2022

Federal court orders Arizona construction employer to pay coercive fines of up to $120K every three months if it continues to falsify employee time records

Date of actions:         May 5 and May 27, 2022

Type of action:          Contempt Orders

Names of defendants:  Valley Wide Plastering Inc.; Jesse Guerrero; Rose Guerrero; J.R. Guerrero

June 6, 2022

US Department of Labor, Associated General Contractors of Missouri renew 25-year partnership to train, protect construction workers on job sites

ST. LOUIS – To reduce dangers faced by construction industry workers, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Associated General Contractors of Missouri renewed their partnership agreement to train and protect the state’s construction industry workers.

June 6, 2022

Federal court sentences Florida pharmacy owner to pay $865K in restitution after US Department of Labor finds healthcare fraud

CLEARWATER, FL – Following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky has sentenced Nitesh Patel to serve 12 months’ probation, including 12 months of home confinement following his Nov. 3, 2021, guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud.

June 3, 2022

Padlocked, blocked emergency exit doors endangered workers at Wisconsin, Ohio Dollar General stores

CHICAGOThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited two more Dollar General stores for endangering the safety of their employees, continuing the company’s long history of workplace safety violations nationwide.

June 3, 2022

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Walsh on May Jobs Report

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on the May 2022 Employment Situation Report:

June 2, 2022

Central New Jersey facility to pay $273K, take corrective actions to resolve COVID-related respirator violations

Date of action:

May 31, 2022

Type of action:

Stipulated settlement

Names of defendants:

Lakewood Resource and Referral Center Inc., operating as the Center for Education, Medicine and Dentistry in Lakewood, NJ

June 2, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers more than $78K in back wages, damages for 37 Florida workers denied overtime by construction contractor

Employer: Alabama Resources LLC, operating as ALARES

Investigation site: 4624 Lori Lane, Milton, FL 32571

June 2, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo de los EE.UU. recupera $283,000 en sueldos y daños y perjuicios para 19 trabajadores de una empresa de jardinería y paisajismo en New Hampshire que deliberadamente negó el pago de sobretiempo

MANCHESTER, NH – Un tribunal federal emitió una orden de consentimiento contra la empresa de jardinería y paisajismo en Salem que opera en el sur de New Hampshire y noreste de Massachusetts.

June 2, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $50M grant funding availability to help close equity gaps, expand access to training needed for good-paying jobs

WASHINGTON – To bolster community colleges’ and other institutions’ efforts to deliver more equitable education and training, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of a $50 million funding opportunity to help people in marginalized and underrepresented populations overcome barriers to the career and technical education programs they need to be connected to good-paying jobs. 

June 2, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $9.1M to Texas to promote equitable access to state’s unemployment insurance system

WASHINGTON – To help identify and address barriers workers face in accessing state unemployment insurance benefits, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $9.1 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to the Texas Workforce Commission.

The grant is the largest equity grant awarded to a single state under this funding opportunity, which provides states up to $260 million to improve equity in their unemployment insurance program.

June 2, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Orlando contractor after 67-year-old worker fatally struck by collapsing roof trusses at Orange City building site

ORANGE CITY, FL – An Orlando framing contractor’s failure to comply with building code requirements and a roof truss manufacturer’s engineering specification caused the roof trusses to collapse and fatally injure a 67-year-old worker at an Orange City building site on Nov. 8, 2021.

June 2, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending May 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 200,000, a decrease of 11,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 210,000 to 211,000. The 4-week moving average was 206,500, a decrease of 500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 206,750 to 207,000.

June 2, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $283K in wages, liquidated damages for 19 New Hampshire landscaping contractor workers willfully denied overtime pay

MANCHESTER, NH – A federal court has entered a consent order against a Salem landscaping contractor, operating in southern New Hampshire and northeastern Massachusetts, which requires the New Hampshire-based contractor to pay a total of $283,020 – $141,510 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages – to 19 workers to resolve violations of the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

June 1, 2022

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh on vote by workers at GM’s Silao, Mexico auto plant to approve collective bargaining agreement

WASHINGTON – In response to a vote by workers on May 25-26, 2022, at a General Motors’ facility in Silao, Mexico, to approve a recently negotiated collective bargaining agreement, U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement:

June 1, 2022

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $128K para trabajadores mal pagados en Yuma tras investigación laboral a franquiciado de McDonald’s

YUMA, AZ - Una investigación federal que descubrió que el operador de una franquicia con siete restaurantes de McDonald’s en Yuma negó salarios completos para 332 trabajadores ha recuperado $128.796 en pagos atrasados y compensación por daños.

June 1, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $38K in back wages for 6 Pinellas Park restaurant workers after finding minimum wage, overtime violations

Employer: El Guerrero Mexican Grill Inc.

Investigation site: 9727 66th St. N., Pinellas Park, FL 33781

June 1, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $128K in back wages, damages after investigation finds McDonald’s franchisee shortchanged workers in Yuma

YUMA, AZ – A federal investigation that found the franchise operator of seven Yuma McDonald’s locations denied full wages owed to 332 workers has recovered $128,796 in back wages and liquidated damages for them.

June 1, 2022

Bronx contractor whose worker suffered fatal fall to take corrective actions, pay $169K in penalties, after US Department of Labor investigation, litigation

Date of action:                       May 10, 2022

Type of action:                       Stipulated Settlement Agreement

Company:                               Everest Scaffolding Inc., Bronx, N.Y.