News Releases

May 20, 2019

New Jersey Food Manufacturer Agrees To Safety and Health Improvements At Eight Facilities After U.S. Department of Labor Inspection

PENNSAUKEN, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and J&J Snackfoods have reached a region-wide settlement agreement to improve workplace safety and health at the company's eight food manufacturing and warehouse facilities throughout New Jersey and New York. Under the settlement, the Pennsauken, New Jersey-based company agreed to pay a $152,934 penalty.

May 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Louisiana Construction Company Paying $178,766 in Back Wages to 108 Employees

NEW ORLEANS, LA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Gomez Drywall Contractors Inc. – based in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and operating in Louisiana since 2017 – has paid $178,766 in back wages to 108 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime and recordkeeping requirements.

May 16, 2019

Six New Members Appointed to the 2019 ERISA Advisory Council

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the U.S. Department of Labor announced the appointments of six new members as well as chair and vice chair to the 2019 Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, known as the ERISA Advisory Council.

May 16, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Hosts 2019 DOL Tech Day

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Labor today was joined by the White House's Office of Science and Technology, the Chief Information Officer Council, and seven federal departments at the Department's headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the 2019 DOL Tech Day, which highlights emerging technology used by the federal government.

May 16, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Virginia Contractor Violated Federal Contract Laws at Two Marine Corps Installations

RALEIGH, NC – Securing Our Country LLC (SOC) - based in Chantilly, Virginia, and operating as Day & Zimmerman Federal Services - has paid $195,513 in back wages and fringe benefits to 22 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).

May 16, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending May 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 212,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 228,000. The 4-week moving average was 225,000, an increase of 4,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 220,250.

May 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Nebraska Steel Erection Company After Employee Dies from Fall Injury

FREMONT, NE – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Daubert Construction – based in Fremont, Nebraska – for failing to protect employees from fall hazards.

An employee suffered a fatal injury after falling approximately 16 feet through an unguarded skylight. Inspectors determined that the Fremont, Nebraska, employer allowed employees to work on a mobile scaffold platform elevated with a forklift; and failed to train employees to recognize fall hazards. OSHA proposed penalties of $19,890.

May 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Nebraska Excavating Company After Two Employees Injured in Trench Collapse

LINCOLN, NE – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited T.H. Construction Co. after two employees suffered serious injuries when a trench collapsed at a construction site in Lincoln, Nebraska. OSHA proposed penalties of $106,078 for one willful violation of its trench safety standards.

Two employees suffered injuries when a portion of the trench wall caved in as they repaired fiber optic cable. A third employee escaped injury. OSHA cited the company for failing to use protective systems to prevent a collapse.

May 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Missouri Contractors for Exposing Workers To Asbestos While Restoring Kansas State University’s Library

MANHATTAN, KS – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found that Belfor Property Restoration and subcontractor Custom Crushing & Company – both based in Kansas City, Missouri – failed to comply with OSHA's asbestos removal standards while performing rehabilitation work at Kansas State University's Hale Library in Manhattan, Kansas.

May 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Online Pet Supply Retailer

OCALA, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Chewy Inc. – an online retailer of pet supplies – after a fatality at the company's Ocala, Florida, distribution facility.

The employee suffered fatal injuries while operating a stand-up industrial truck. OSHA cited Chewy Inc. for exposing employees to struck-by and crushing hazards. The company faces $14,323 in penalties, the maximum allowed by law.

May 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Tennessee Tire Manufacturer Paying $659,268 in Back Wages and Damages

CLARKSVILLE, TN – Hankook Tire Manufacturing Tennessee LP – based in Clarksville, Tennessee, and a subsidiary of Hankook Tire America Corp. – has paid $659,268 in back wages and liquidated damages to 136 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

May 15, 2019

Puerto Rico Security Company and Owner Liable for $324,492 in Wages and Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation and Litigation

SAN JUAN, PR – The U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico has found Special Police Force Corp. – a security company based in Bayamon, Puerto Rico – and its owner Hector Rivera Ortiz liable for violations of the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

May 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Enters Partnership to Promote Safety During Construction of Commercial Building Project in Hudson, Wisconsin

HUDSON, WI – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Market & Johnson have signed a strategic partnership to promote worker safety and health during the demolition, remodeling, and construction of Phillips-Medisize's 210,000 square-foot commercial building project in Hudson, Wisconsin.

May 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $59,769 for 31 Tennessee Sheriff’s Department Employees After Investigation Finds Wage Violations

HUNTSVILLE, TN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the Scott County, Tennessee, Government has paid $59,769 in back wages to 31 employees in the Scott County Sheriff's Department for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer was also assessed a civil penalty of $12,486 by WHD for repeat violations.

May 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in San Diego Window Company Paying $45,257 to Resolve Overtime Violations

SAN DIEGO, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Window Restoration Acquisition Corp. – based in Los Alamitos, California – has paid $45,257 in back wages and liquidated damages to seven employees for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

May 14, 2019

Federal Court Grants Motion Sanctioning Missouri Child Care Centers for Failing to Comply with U.S. Labor Department Subpoena

ST. LOUIS, MO – The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Missouri has ordered Kinder Kidz LLC and Teach Me Kidz Academy LLC – based in St. Louis, Missouri – to pay a $50 daily fine for failing to comply with the Court’s Orders requiring them to respond to federal subpoenas from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) to determine compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

May 14, 2019

Federal Ruling Issued Against Kentucky Tobacco Farmer after U.S. Department of Labor Finds Wage and Visa Program Violations

LEBANON, KY – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) has issued a decision against James L. Brady Sr. – a tobacco farmer based in Lebanon, Kentucky – after an investigation by the Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found he violated provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), and the H-2A visa program.

May 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Three San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants Paying $243,086 to Resolve Wage Violations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A restaurant enterprise with three locations in the San Francisco Bay Area will pay $224,465 in back wages to 25 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employers willfully violated the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Additionally, WHD assessed the enterprise $18,621 in civil penalties for the willful nature of the violations, and for a child labor recordkeeping violation.

May 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Silicon Valley Company Paying $942,548 in Back Wages, Damages, and Penalties

SAN JOSE, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Yaana Technologies – a Silicon Valley data collection services company based in Milpitas, California – will pay $910,878 in back wages and liquidated damages to 34 employees for violating the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Additionally, WHD assessed $31,670 in civil penalties because of the repeat nature of the violations found.

May 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Chief of Staff Nicholas Geale Leaving Department at the End of May

WASHINGTON, DC  - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the upcoming resignation of Chief of Staff Nicholas Geale effective May 31, 2019.

"I want to thank the dedicated and professional staff of the Department of Labor for helping to do so much good work for our nation," said Geale. "I am very excited to spend time with my new family and take on the next challenges of our journey."