News Releases

February 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Roofing Contractor Paying $70,068 in Back Wages for Overtime Violations

BONITA SPRINGS, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) into rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Kelly Roofing LLC – based in Bonita Springs, Florida – paid $70,068 in back wages to 155 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 14, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending February 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 239,000, an increase 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 231,750, an increase of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average. This is the highest level for this average since January 27, 2018 when it was 234,000. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 224,750 to 225,000.

February 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Musical Instrument Manufacturer For Exposing Employees to Copper Dust and Machine Hazards

EASTLAKE, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Conn-Selmer Inc. for exposing workers to copper dust and machine hazards at the company's Eastlake, Ohio, musical instrument manufacturing facility. The company faces penalties of $200,230 for two repeated and seven serious safety and health violations.

February 13, 2019

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on the Creation of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding the creation of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board:

February 13, 2019

Court Sentences Founders of Laboratory Marketing Companies After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Healthcare Fraud

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has sentenced one co-founder of several Florida laboratory marketing companies and substance abuse recovery homes to prison and two other co-founders to probation for their parts in a widespread healthcare fraud scheme.

February 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Golf Management Company Paying $19,776 in Back Wages to 24 Employees

ORLANDO, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Arnold Palmer Golf Management LLC – operating as Walt Disney World Golf in Orlando, Florida – has paid $19,776 in back wages to 24 employees for violating minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Develops Voluntary Enterprise-wide Review Program For Top-performing Contractors

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced today the release of a new policy directive to establish a voluntary compliance program for high-performing federal contractors.

February 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks to Prevent Amputation Injuries To Nebraska Employees and Remind Employers of Reporting Requirement

OMAHA, NE ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking to stop a recent increase in amputation injuries suffered by Nebraska employees, and remind employers of the requirement to report such injuries to OSHA. A review of Nebraska workers' compensation claims found 42 employees suffered amputation injuries in 2018, and employers failed to report more than 65 percent of those injuries to OSHA within 24 hours, as required.

February 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Child Labor Violations By 8 Retailers at Mall in Elizabeth, New Jersey

ELIZABETH, NJ – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has found that eight retailers operating at The Mills at Jersey Gardens – in Elizabeth, New Jersey – allowed underage employees to operate and unload potentially dangerous paper baling and cardboard compacting machines, in violation of federal child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD assessed a total of $40,667 in penalties to the retailers.

The retailers are:

February 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Louisiana-based Transportation Company Paying $25,032 in Back Wages to Employees at Mississippi Branch

JACKSON, MS – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Statewide Transport Inc. will pay $25,032 in back wages to 21 employees at its Jackson, Mississippi, terminal for violating overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

February 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Issues $265,196 in Penalties to Florida Roofing Contractor for Repeatedly Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards

NAPLES, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Crown Roofing LLC for exposing employees to fall hazards at two separate residential worksites in Port St. Lucie and Naples, Florida. The Sarasota, Florida-based contractor faces penalties of $265,196.

February 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in U.S. District Court Ordering Hotels in Louisiana to Pay Back Wages and Penalties

SHREVEPORT, LA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana has ordered two Louisiana hotels, Merryton LLC - doing business as Merryton Inn in Shreveport - and Merryton Bossier LLC - doing business as Bossier Inn and Suites in Bossier City - to pay $9,928 in back wages and liquidated damages to 22 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping requirements.

February 12, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Los Angeles Supported Living Services Provider Paying $301,763 to 67 Employees

LOS ANGELES, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Golden Life Supported Living Agency Inc. – a service provider for clients with developmental disabilities in Los Angeles, California – will pay 67 employees $301,763 in back wages for violating overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

February 12, 2019

Former Substance Abuse Recovery Center Director Sentenced to Prison After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Healthcare Fraud Scheme

MIAMI, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has sentenced Tina Marie Barbuto – a former licensed mental health counselor in Margate, Florida – to serve 36 months in prison followed by 36 months of supervised release. Additionally, Barbuto will pay $3,132,806 in restitution and a $100 special assessment for her role in a conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud.

February 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Provides National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant to Combat Opioid Crisis in the Cherokee Nation

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an opioid-crisis Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) to the Cherokee Nation for up to $5,996,501, with an initial grant amount of $1,998,834. This grant will provide disaster relief jobs and employment services to eligible individuals in Oklahoma counties impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose.  

February 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Temporary Restraining Order To Protect Participants and Beneficiaries of Failing MEWA

LOS ANGELES, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a temporary restraining order in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Riverstone Capital LLC; NexGen Insurance Services Inc.; and NGI Brokerage Services Inc. (collectively, “Riverstone”) and the individuals that operate it.

February 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $5,579,939 for 993 Employees Who Performed Hurricane Recovery Work in Puerto Rico

GUAYNABO, PR – Investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) have resulted in the recovery of $5,579,939 in back wages and benefits owed to 993 employees of nine subcontractors that provided power generator operation support for hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

February 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Updates Regulations Implementing Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) announced today the publication of the final rule updating the regulations governing administration of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA).

February 7, 2019

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta On Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative:

“The Trump administration continues to empower women economically with the launch of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity initiative.

February 7, 2019

Court Sentences Lansing, Michigan, Resident to Jail, Orders $48,285 In Restitution for Theft of Mother’s General Motors’ Employee Pension

LANSING, MI – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), and the 30th Circuit Court for Ingham County, Michigan, the Michigan Circuit Court for Ingham County has sentenced Allen G. Ollenburger – a resident of Lansing, Michigan – to serve 45 days in Jail, 60 months' probation, and ordered him to make $48,285 in restitution after he pleaded guilty to cashing General Motors' pension checks issued to his deceased mother.