News Releases

January 31, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Subway Franchisee Paying $47,657 Penalty after Child Labor Violations at Four Wisconsin Restaurants

WAUSAU, WI – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, Shadowlake Enterprises – operator of four Subway Restaurant franchise locations in Wausau, Wisconsin – has paid $47,657 in civil money penalties for child labor and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 31, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Fines Michigan Manufacturer $28,474 For Child Labor Violations after Minor Suffers Amputation Injury

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Tuff Automation Inc. has paid a civil money penalty of $28,474 after a 17-year-old employee suffered an amputation of his right index finger while operating an unguarded band saw at the Grand Rapids, Michigan, manufacturing facility. The minor also suffered significant nerve damage to his right middle finger.

January 31, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Opens Application Period for HIRE Vets Program

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced that as of today, January 31, 2019, the application period is open for job creators to apply for the HIRE Vets Medallion Award. This program recognizes small businesses, non-profit organizations, and large companies for their leadership in recruiting, employing, and retaining America's veterans. To apply for the award, visit HireVets.gov.

January 31, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 253,000, an increase of 53,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the highest level for initial claims since September 30, 2017 when it was 254,000. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 199,000 to 200,000. The 4-week moving average was 220,250, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 215,000 to 215,250.

January 30, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $85 Million in YouthBuild Grants

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced $85 million in grants will be awarded to YouthBuild programs in 32 states.

YouthBuild is an education and training program with a strong pre-apprenticeship component that helps at-risk youth complete high school or state equivalency degree programs, earn industry-recognized credentials for in-demand occupations, and undergo training to build housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities.

January 29, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in $158,139 in Back Wages and Damages for 50 Employees on Massachusetts Construction Project

BOSTON, MA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has ordered P & B Partitions Inc. and its owner Ronald H. Biglin Jr. to pay $158,139 in back wages and liquidated damages to 50 employees, to resolve willful violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The company – based in West Berlin, New Jersey – was also assessed $33,880 in civil money penalties.

January 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and Connecticut Manufacturer Settle Whistleblower Allegations Regarding Termination of Two Workers

HARTFORD, CT – The U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut ordered Eastern Awning Systems Inc. – a manufacturer of retractable fabric patio awnings based in Watertown, Connecticut – and its owner Stephen P. Lukos to pay a total of $160,000 to two discharged employees who filed safety and health complaints with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

January 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Returns to Normal Enforcement Operations Following Hurricane Michael

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resumed normal enforcement operations throughout Florida following Hurricane Michael.

January 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds North Carolina Town Violated Federal Child Labor Laws

CANTON, NC – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the Town of Canton, North Carolina, has paid a civil penalty of $7,060 after employing two minor employees in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) child labor requirements.

January 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Alabama Contractor Paying $82,515 for Wage and Benefit Violations

PANAMA CITY, FL – Marathon Electrical Contractors Inc. – based in Irondale, Alabama – has paid $82,515 in back wages and fringe benefits to 17 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated requirements of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA), the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Provides Compliance Assistance Resources to Secure Employee Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) hosts a variety of seminars across the country and webcasts in order to enhance understanding of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

January 25, 2019

Federal Contractor Agrees to Pay $55,000 in Back Wages To Settle Alleged Hiring Discrimination

MACON, GA – Federal contractor Asplundh Tree Expert Co. has agreed to pay $55,000 in back wages after a routine compliance evaluation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found alleged systemic hiring discrimination violations at its Macon, Georgia, facility. Asplundh Tree Expert Co. has also agreed to make job offers for specific positions, to up to five eligible class members who express an interest in employment and meet qualifications.

January 24, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 199,000, a decrease of 13,000 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 down by 1,000 from 213,000 to 212,000. The 4-week moving average was 215,000, a decrease of 5,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 250 from 220,750 to 220,500.

January 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Roofing Contractor For Exposing Employees to Dangerous Falls

NAPLES, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Ad-Ler Roofing Inc. for exposing employees to dangerous falls at a Naples residential worksite, one month after similar violations were found at another worksite. The Fort Myers, Florida-based contractor faces penalties of $91,466.

January 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Enters into Consent Judgment Permanently Enjoining Former Chief Financial Officer after Pension Plan Mishandling

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 entered a consent judgment and order between the U.S. Department of Labor and Kevin F. Kirkeide, a former chief financial officer for IOTC Financial Services LLC and Global Oil Financial Services LLC – both based in Boca Raton, Florida.

January 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Joins Partnership to Promote Workplace Safety During Construction Project at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a strategic partnership agreement to promote worker safety and health during the construction of the Central Passenger Terminal Complex Modernization project at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia.

January 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Franchise Operator in Pennsylvania Paying $47,668 in Back Wages and Damages

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a consent judgment with BUB Inc. - a franchise operator of Primo Hoagies’ locations in Philadelphia and Bensalem, Pennsylvania - to resolve overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the judgment requires BUB Inc.

January 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Ohio Bakery Paying $80,726 in Back Overtime Wages to 27 Employees

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Unger’s Kosher Bakery Inc. – a bakery and grocery store based in Cleveland Heights, Ohio – has paid $80,726 in back wages to 27 employees for overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Publishes New Frequently Asked Questions on Controlling Silica in General Industry

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has posted new frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the agency’s standard for respirable crystalline silica in general industry.

January 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Cafeteria for Burn and Chemical Hazards; Faces $134,880 in Penalties

CORAL GABLES, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Compass Group USA Inc. – operating as Chartwells Dining – for exposing employees to burn and chemical hazards at its cafeteria in Coral Gables, Florida. The company faces $134,880 in penalties.