January 22, 2024

US Department of Labor announces new communities in initiative to improve workforce opportunities for young people

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the second cohort of its Youth Systems Building Academy, an innovative effort to increase and enhance employment opportunities for youth. The 10 additional communities and their partners will receive individualized training and tailored technical assistance from the department to help develop, test, implement or scale systems that engage and support young people entering the workforce. 

January 19, 2024

US Department of Labor, Office of the Trade Representative find evidence of denial of labor rights at Atento call centers in Hidalgo

WASHINGTON – The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement, co-chaired by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Office of the Trade Representative, today requested the government of Mexico conduct a review at Atento call centers in Pachuca de Soto, Hidalgo. The committee found evidence that workers’ rights have been denied at these centers.

January 19, 2024

Department of Labor issues joint request to help improve retirement plan benefits information provided to workers, federal government

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Department of the Treasury, the IRS and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.

January 19, 2024

US Labor Department investigation finds Ohio food warehouse exposed workers to ergonomic hazards

FAIRFIELD, OH – Federal inspectors examining injury and illness records at a Fairfield food services warehouse found workers suffered severe injuries at nearly four times the average rate for their industry, with a high percentage of these injuries categorized as ergonomic musculoskeletal disorders.

January 18, 2024

Department of Labor releases proposed regulation on retirement plans and automatic portability transactions when employees change jobs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Employee Benefits Security Administration released a proposed regulation on automatic portability transactions under SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022. The goal of automatic portability transactions is to help workers keep track of their retirement savings accounts and improve retirement security by reducing cash-outs when they change jobs.

January 18, 2024

US Department of Labor investigation of worker amputation finds Ohio carpet manufacturer again ignored safety standards

MONROE, OH ‒ Responding to an employer report that a worker sustained a partial finger amputation while conducting cleaning operations at an Ohio automotive carpet manufacturer, federal safety inspectors found workers were exposed to operating machine parts as they cleared excess fiber material off chains, sprockets and other equipment. 

January 18, 2024

US Department of Labor investigation of construction worker’s fatal injuries finds Stoughton contractor failed to follow required safety procedures

BRAINTREE, MA – A federal investigation has found that a Stoughton general contractor could have prevented an employee from suffering fatal injuries in June 2023 if the employer had followed required safety regulations and trained workers on the safe operation of heavy equipment at a Brockton work site.

January 18, 2024

Department of Labor recovers $47K in back wages, damages for 2 workers illegally fired by Tennessee healthcare employer for taking protected leave

NASHVILLE, TN – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $47,728 in back wages and liquidated damages for two former employees of two separate Tennessee-based healthcare providers that violated their rights to protected leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

January 18, 2024

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 187,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since September 24, 2022 when it was 182,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 202,000 to 203,000. The 4-week moving average was 203,250, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 207,750 to 208,000.

January 17, 2024

US Department of Labor finds electric vehicle battery manufacturer exposed employees to unsafe nickel levels, other mixed metals at Commerce plant

ATLANTA – A global electric vehicle battery manufacturer exposed employees at its Commerce plant to serious and potentially disabling safety and health hazards, a U.S. Department of Labor workplace safety inspection found.

The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited SK Battery America Inc. with six serious violations and one other-than-serious violation after finding the company:

January 17, 2024

Proviso Township High School District 209 agrees to pay $111K in back wages, damages to 46 security guards denied overtime

FOREST PARK, IL – For the fourth time since 2007, Proviso Township High School District 209 has been found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, this time for failing to pay public school security guards overtime wages.

January 17, 2024

US Department of Labor issues guidance on new emergency savings accounts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Employee Benefits Security Administration has issued guidance to improve retirement security through pension-linked emergency savings accounts, part of the implementation of the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022.

January 17, 2024

Indianapolis security company found violating federal overtime wage laws for third time since 2018; pays $28K in back wages, damages to 31 workers

INDIANAPOLIS – For the third time in five years, federal investigators found an Indianapolis security company violated federal wage laws by failing to pay guards overtime at time and one-half their regular rate of pay for hours over 40 in a workweek. 

January 17, 2024

US Department of Labor cites Itasca parts manufacturer for multiple machine safety violations, exposing workers to amputation, other injuries

ITASCA, IL An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found an Itasca manufacturer failed to guard industrial equipment, develop a lockout/tagout program and train workers on machine safety procedures, exposing them to multiple injuries and amputation hazards. 

January 16, 2024

El Departamento de Trabajo recupera $305K en salarios atrasados e indemnizaciones por daños y perjuicios para 47 trabajadores después de que el contratista no les pagara todas las horas trabajadas y les negara las horas extra.

LOS ÁNGELES - El Departamento de Trabajo de los EE. UU. recuperó $305.977 en salarios atrasados e indemnizaciones por daños y perjuicios para 47 trabajadores de una empresa de construcción de Palmdale que no les pagó el tiempo que pasaban trabajando antes y después de sus turnos, ni por el tiempo que pasaban viajando para llegar al depósito de la empresa.

January 16, 2024

Department of Labor recovers $305K in back wages, damages for 47 workers after contractor failed to pay them for all hours worked; denied overtime

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $305,977 in back wages and damages for 47 people employed by a Palmdale construction company that deliberately failed to pay them for time spent working before and after their shifts and when traveling to and from the company’s yard.

January 16, 2024

US Department of Labor cites Hattiesburg poultry facility after 16-year-old worker pulled into machine, suffers fatal injuries

HATTIESBURG, MS – For the second time in just over two years, a poultry processing plant in Hattiesburg has disregarded safety standards that have led to a worker’s death, this time a 16-year-old sanitation worker who was pulled into a machine, federal safety investigators found.   

January 16, 2024

US Department of Labor, Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office establish partnership to fight wage theft, protect workers’ rights

SAN JOSE, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Wage and Hour Division District Office in San Jose and the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office in Santa Rosa signed a collaborative partnership to enhance joint outreach efforts and enforcement of labor laws to protect workers’ rights and fight wage theft.

January 12, 2024

Staten Island health center will pay $195K to former employee who reported concerns of risk of in-person staff meeting as pandemic grew

NEW YORK – In March 2020, as COVID-19 became a global pandemic, an employee of a Staten Island community health center asked permission to allow a regularly scheduled meeting to be held by teleconference – and then changed the format of the meeting to teleconference – rather than meeting in-person in a windowless conference room.