May 23, 2022

US Department of Labor cites Athens lumber manufacturer for ignoring required safety precautions after forklift fatally strikes worker

ATHENS, AL – A federal workplace safety investigation found an employer’s failure to follow federal safety standards contributed to a 45-year-old worker suffering fatal injuries after a forklift struck her as she walked across an Athens lumber shipping yard on Nov. 15, 2021.

May 23, 2022

Illinois construction contractor continues to ignore deadly fall hazards, faces $263K in fines after Park Ridge inspection finds roofers exposed to risks

PARK RIDGE, IL – A Roselle contractor’s history of violating federal safety standards and ignoring safety citations and penalties – and a willingness to expose its workers to serious injuries or worse – continues, as federal inspectors found during their Nov. 8, 2021, investigation at a Park Ridge residential construction site.   

May 23, 2022

US Department of Labor obtains consent judgment directing Baltimore company, owner to restore $148K to 401(k) plan

BALTIMORE – A federal court in Maryland has entered a consent judgment requiring a Baltimore logistics, engineering and management support company and its owner to restore $148,852 in missing contributions and interest to its 401(k) plan.

May 20, 2022

US Marshals arrest Virginia landscaping company owner who failed to comply with federal court orders

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The owner of a Hampton, Virginia, landscaping and snow removal company has been arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service for failing to comply with federal court orders.

May 20, 2022

US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh to highlight good jobs, worker protections, responsible supply chains with labor ministers in Germany

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh will participate in the Group of 7 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting on May 24 in Wolfsburg, Germany. The G-7 is the premier forum for its democratic, industrial member countries to coordinate economic and security policies.

May 20, 2022

US Department of Labor releases Final Rule on changes for the 2022 Form 5500 Series Annual Return/Report

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, the IRS and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. today released a Federal Register Notice announcing changes to the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan and Form 5500-SF Short Form Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan, and related instructions, that apply beginning with 2022 plan year reports.

May 19, 2022

BALTIMORE - Un juez federal ha ordenado a cuatro prestadores de servicios de asistencia, atención diurna para adultos y transporte pagar $364,604 - $182,302 en salarios atrasados y una cantidad igual en compensación por daños - a 132 trabajadores después

BALTIMORE - Un juez federal ha ordenado a cuatro prestadores de servicios de asistencia, atención diurna para adultos y transporte pagar $364,604 - $182,302 en salarios atrasados y una cantidad igual en compensación por daños - a 132 trabajadores después de que el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. descubriera numerosas infracciones en sus prácticas de pago en una investigación de la División de Horas y Salarios.

May 19, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $39K in back wages for 28 workers after uncovering overtime violations by Mississippi home healthcare agency

Employer:                              Open Heart Senior Home Care LLC

Investigation site:                  615 Market St.

Port Gibson, MS 39150

May 19, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $11K for worker fired illegally for using federally protected medical leave by Los Angeles meat, poultry provider

Employer name:                   Commodity Sales Co.

Investigation site:                 517 S. Clarence St.

                                                   Los Angeles, CA 90033

Date:                                       October 2018 – October 2021

May 19, 2022

US Labor Department, US Trade Representative will participate in trans-Atlantic tripartite Trade and Labor Dialogue with unions, businesses

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will participate in the trans-Atlantic tripartite Trade and Labor Dialogue, which was announced at the U.S.-European Union Trade and Technology Council Ministerial meeting in Paris on May 15-16, 2022. The dialogue will join trade unions, businesses and governments in the U.S. and Europe to discuss trade and labor issues.

May 19, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo renueva iniciativa multianual para brindar cumplimiento, capacitación, educación para trabajadores de restaurantes

WASHINGTON – El Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU., renovó una iniciativa nacional de varios años para ayudar a los trabajadores y aumentar el cumplimiento federal por parte de los empleadores de servicios de alimentos, una industria en la que, en el año fiscal 2021, la División de Horas y Salarios del departamento encontró violaciones en casi el 85% de sus investigaciones de restaurantes.

May 19, 2022

Department of Labor renews multi-year initiative to provide enforcement, outreach, education for restaurant workers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has renewed a multi-year nationwide initiative to help workers and increase federal compliance by food service employers, an industry where – in fiscal year 2021 – the department’s Wage and Hour Division found violations in nearly 85 percent of its restaurant investigations.

These investigations led the division to recover more than $34.7 million in back wages for more than 29,000 workers and to assess employers with $3.2 million in penalties.

May 19, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending May 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 218,000, an increase of 21,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 6,000 from 203,000 to 197,000. The 4-week moving average was 199,500, an increase of 8,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 1,500 from 192,750 to 191,250.

May 18, 2022

Tribunal federal ordena a instalaciones de vivienda asistida en Maryland pagar $950K en salarios, daños y multas por violaciones deliberadas a la FLSA

FULTON, MD - A pesar de servir las necesidades de adultos mayores en cuatro residencias de vivienda asistida en Maryland con alta calidad y atención compasiva, 27 trabajadores esenciales fueron víctimas de empleadores que no se preocuparon por su bienestar o por pagarles lo que ganaron legalmente.

May 18, 2022

Committee co-chaired by US Labor Department, US Trade Representative requests Mexico review alleged labor rights denial at Reynosa parts plant

WASHINGTON The Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement today requested that the Mexican government conduct a review at the Panasonic Automotive Systems electronic parts facility in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, in response to a petition filed under the USMCA alleging that plant workers there have been denied the rights of free association and collective bargaining.

May 18, 2022

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $225K en salarios para trabajadores agrícolas en California, impone $54K en multas a cinco granjas

SAN FRANCISCO – Los trabajadores migrantes del programa H-2A de trabajadores agrícolas temporales brindan mano de obra estacional crítica a granjas de toda California, dedicando semanas fuera de casa en trabajos agotadores pero necesarios para apoyar la industria agrícola de $49 mil millones del estado.

May 18, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $2M funding opportunity to help women workers who earn low wages learn about labor rights, benefits

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a funding opportunity of $2 million for up to eight grants to help women who earn low wages to learn about and access their employment rights and benefits.

May 18, 2022

READOUT: Secretary Walsh visits George Washington University to meet workers, students; discuss strengthening mental health care workforce

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh visited George Washington University’s Hospital and Behavior Health Department on May 17, 2022, to meet with students, faculty and hospital residents to discuss ways to strengthen professional pathways to mental health care and to hear about workers’ experience with behavioral health service delivery and staff support amid the pandemic. 

May 18, 2022

US Department of Labor to hold listening session for Southwest workers, advocates, union representatives on possible revisions to overtime regulations

DALLAS ─ The U.S. Department of Labor will hold an online listening session for Southwest employees and their stakeholders on May 25, 2022, on possible revisions to the regulations that enforce the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime exemptions for executive, administrative and professional employees.

May 17, 2022

As the Northwest’s summer season approaches, recent federal investigations should remind employers to make youth employment beneficial for all

PORTLAND, OR – As the summer hiring season looms, employers are offering more opportunities for youth-aged workers to earn money and gain work experience than in recent years. In preparation for their early ventures into the working world, young workers should familiarize themselves – and employers should review practices and ensure compliance –with federal labor laws designed to ensure that the experience is rewarding and safe.