December 2, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending November 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 222,000, an increase of 28,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 5,000 from 199,000 to 194,000. The 4-week moving average was 238,750, a decrease of 12,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week's average was revised down by 1,250 from 252,250 to 251,000.

December 2, 2021

New Hampshire carpentry contractor pays $107K in back wages, liquidated damages to 52 workers shortchanged by illegal pay practices

MANCHESTER, NH – A New Hampshire residential carpentry contractor misclassified some employees as independent contractors and paid others straight-time wages when they worked over 40 hours in a workweek, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found.

December 1, 2021

US Department of Labor recovers $845K in back wages after investigation finds Northern California roofing, solar panel contractor denied overtime

VACAVILLE, CA – A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found that – despite their hard work and long hours – a Northern California roofing and solar panel contractor denied 385 workers overtime wages by paying them on a piece-rate basis regardless of how many hours they worked.

December 1, 2021

US Department of Labor issues proposed rule modifying the methodology for setting Adverse Effect Wage Rates in the H-2A program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on its proposal to modify the methodology used to determine the hourly Adverse Effect Wage Rates for the H-2A program. The proposed changes will better enable the department to meet its statutory mandate to ensure the employment of H-2A workers will not adversely affect the wages of workers in the United States similarly employed.

December 1, 2021

Operator of five Charleston-area Marco’s Pizza locations pays $101K in penalties after federal investigation finds minors’ safety put at risk

COLUMBIA, SC – The operator of five Charleston-area Marco’s Pizza locations paid $101,027 in civil penalties after federal investigators found the employer endangered minor-aged workers by allowing them to perform prohibited or hazardous duties and employed a 17-year-old worker illegally as a delivery driver.

December 1, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Pittsburgh restaurant illegally shared workers’ tips with managers, other non-tipped employees, recovers $41K for 12 workers

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh restaurant improperly used its tip pool – requiring workers to share tips with managers, supervisors and other employees not usually tipped by customers – leading to violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, a federal investigation has found.

December 1, 2021

US Department of Labor again cites New York roofing contractor for exposing workers to falls – industry’s leading cause of death

TARRYTOWN, NY – Three federal safety inspections at a Suffern condominium complex confirmed a Rockland County roofing contractor repeatedly exposed residential roof workers to potentially deadly falls from heights of 18 to 20 feet.   

November 30, 2021

ICYMI: Secretary Walsh visits Port of Los Angeles, discusses economic recovery and supply chain with local leaders

LOS ANGELES – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh visited the Port of Los Angeles to discuss the Biden-Harris administration’s historic economic growth and the easing of supply chain disruptions. Secretary Walsh provided remarks alongside leadership from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Rep. Nannette Barragán, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.

November 30, 2021

Milledgeville grocer exposed workers to risk of coronavirus, amputation hazards, US Department of Labor inspection finds

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA A Milledgeville grocery store faces $9,362 in penalties after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found the employer failed to protect employees from exposure to coronavirus and other safety hazards.

November 30, 2021

Las prácticas salariales de la empresa de motocicletas de Fayetteville violaban la ley federal, el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $96,000 en salarios atrasados y daños

FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Sesenta y un trabajadores de una empresa de reparación y venta de motocicletas de Fayetteville recibieron los salarios que se les debían después de que el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. descubriera que las prácticas de su empleador les negaba el pago de horas extras violando la Ley de Normas Justas de Trabajo (FLSA, por sus siglas en inglés).

November 30, 2021

US Department of Labor extends comment period for COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended the comment period for the COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard to Jan. 19, 2022. OSHA extended the comment period by 45 days to allow stakeholders additional time to review the ETS and collect information and data necessary for comment.

November 30, 2021

Fayetteville motorcycle company’s pay practices violated federal law, US Department of Labor recovers $96K in back wages, damages

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Sixty-one workers of a Fayetteville motorcycle repair and sales company received wages owed to them after the U.S. Department of Labor found their employer’s pay practices denied them overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

November 30, 2021

US Department of Labor cites St. Croix refinery for failing to protect workers from hazardous chemicals following flaring incidents

GUAYNABO, PR – Oil and vapor releases into the air and fiery flares at a St. Croix refinery in February and May led to an investigation that found the operator failed to meet federal workplace chemical safety standards and endangered workers.

November 29, 2021

US Department of Labor finds Florida logistics solutions provider shortchanged wages of 31 yard hostlers at Texas distribution center

LANCASTER, TX – With a sharpening focus on the impact of “supply chains” on the timely delivery of goods, many Americans now understand that their ability to obtain goods and services depends on the hard work of logistics industry workers.

November 29, 2021

US Department of Labor cites two Rhode Island contractors for exposing workers to cave-in hazards at Warwick sewer line excavation

PROVIDENCE, RI – The sidewalls of an unprotected trench can collapse without warning and with great force – crushing and sometimes suffocating workers beneath tons of soil and debris – before they can react or escape. A federal inspection at a Warwick excavation found two area contractors ignoring the risks and placing their workers in serious danger.     

November 24, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending November 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 199,000, a decrease of 71,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since November 15, 1969 when it was 197,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 268,000 to 270,000. The 4-week moving average was 252,250, a decrease of 21,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 272,750 to 273,250.

November 24, 2021

Court orders convenience store, pizzeria operator to pay $120K in back wages, damages, penalties after US Department of Labor investigation

NEW YORK – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York has entered a consent judgment ordering a Syracuse gas station and convenience store and a Jamesville pizzeria and convenience store and their owner to pay $56,364 in back wages and an equal amount of $56,364 in liquidated damages to 12 employees denied overtime wages.

November 23, 2021

US Department of Labor recovered more than $2.4B to employee benefit plans, participants, beneficiaries in fiscal year 2021

WASHINGTON  The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that enforcements by its Employee Benefits Security Administration recovered more than $2.4 billion in direct payments to plans, participants and beneficiaries in fiscal year 2021.

November 23, 2021

US Department of Labor finds North Georgia contractor bypassed safety requirements in investigation of 24-year-old worker’s death in Dawsonville

DAWSONVILLE, GA – If federal workplace safety requirements had been followed, a North Georgia site grading and pipeline contractor could have prevented the death of a 24-year-old worker who was killed in May after a fork attachment used on a front-end loader dislodged and struck the worker.