News Releases

August 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Funding to Support Employee Policy Development for Youth with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the award of $4 million for a four-year cooperative agreement to operate a policy development center focused on youth with disabilities. The center will build on the work of the Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth.

August 28, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor to Seek Data on Protecting Miners From Exposure to Quartz

ARLINGTON, VA The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today announced that it will publish a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register seeking data on economically and technologically feasible methods to protect miners' health from exposure to quartz. The RFI includes an examination of an appropriately reduced permissible exposure limit, potential new or developing protective technologies, and/or technical and educational assistance.

August 28, 2019

Mississippi Healthcare Provider to Pay $147,622 in Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Overtime Violations

PICAYUNE, MS – Maxem Health Urgent Care will pay $147,622 in wages to 16 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the operator of two Mississippi health care facilities violated the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Orders Kinder Morgan to Pay Back Pay, Damages And Fees for Retaliation Against Whistleblower

DALLAS, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Kinder Morgan Inc. – an energy infrastructure company based in Houston, Texas - to pay a former employee back wages, damages, and attorney's fees after an investigation found that the company violated the whistleblower provisions of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act (PSIA).

August 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Mississippi Subcontractor Violated Federal Contract Requirements at Veterans Affairs Work Site

BILOXI, MS – Doleac Electrical Co. Inc. – based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi – has paid $37,060 in back wages to 32 employees to remedy Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) violations found by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

August 27, 2019

Michigan Landscaping Company Pays $97,286 in Back Wages And $48,241 in Penalties for Violations of H-2B Visa Program

TROY, MI – The U.S. Department of Labor has found Twin Pines Landscaping Inc. – based in Troy, Michigan – in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program. An investigation by the Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the landscaping company failed to pay overtime, failed to pay required prevailing wages, and offered more favorable employment terms to temporary foreign employees than to U.S. workers.

August 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites United Parcel Service After Employee Injury in West Palm Beach County, Florida

RIVIERA BEACH, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited UPS Inc. for failing to protect employees working in excessive heat after an employee suffered heat-related injuries near the Riviera Beach, Florida, facility. The company faces $13,260 in penalties, the maximum penalty allowed by law for a serious violation.

August 27, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Three Mississippi Restaurants Paying $50,338 in Wages

JACKSON, MS – Three restaurants in Madison, Ridgeland, and Flowood, Mississippi, have paid $50,338 in back wages to 229 employees after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) determined the employers violated requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 26, 2019

Lockheed Martin Corp. Pays $327,271 in Back Wages and Damages To Employees at Florida Work Site after U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

CRESTVIEW, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Lockheed Martin Corp. has paid $327,271 in back wages and liquidated damages to 20 employees for violating provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) at a Crestview, Florida, work site.

August 26, 2019

Federal Contractor to Pay $424,463 in Back Pay and Interest To Resolve Discrimination Allegations

PHILADELPHIA, PA After a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor, federal contractor Cintas Corp. – based in Cincinnati, Ohio – has agreed to pay $424,463 in back pay and interest to resolve hiring and pay discrimination allegations against 197 applicants and employees.

August 26, 2019

Mississippi Head Start Agency Pays $62,603 in Back Wages to 33 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations

NATCHEZ, MS – AJFC Community Action Inc. – a Natchez, Mississippi-based non-profit agency providing Head Start services to children – has paid $62,603 in back wages to 33 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation identified overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 26, 2019

Florida Agriculture Employer Pays Wages and Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Wage Violations

MOUNT DORA, FL - After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), AG Labor LLC – based in Plant City, Florida – has paid $16,332 in back wages and damages to 44 employees for violating requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the H-2A visa program. The employer also paid $2,082 in civil money penalties for the H-2A violations.

August 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in North Carolina Business Owners Paying $21,404 in Employee Contributions, Unpaid Medical Claims

CHARLOTTE, NC – The U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte Division, has entered a consent judgment and order between the U.S. Department of Labor and Steven Matthew Good, William H. Winn Jr., SmartCore LLC, and the SmartCore LLC Group Health Benefit Plan requiring them to pay $21,404 to the plan participants to cover unpaid medical claims or to reimburse their contributions to the plan.

August 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigations Find Overtime Wage And Child Labor Violations at 11 Central Florida Pizzerias

ORLANDO, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Flipper's Pizza T. & B. Inc. – operating 11 Central Florida Flippers Pizzeria restaurants – has paid $27,425 in back wages to 70 employees for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The employer also paid $1,810 in civil money penalties for a child labor violation.

August 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Orders Tennessee Valley Authority to Pay Back Wages to Employee Terminated After Raising Nuclear Safety Concerns

CHATTANOOGA, TN – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to reinstate a former employee who TVA placed on paid administrative leave, and then later terminated in retaliation for raising nuclear safety concerns.

August 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Will Help Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers in Bolingbrook, Illinois, September 5, 2019

BOLINGBROOK, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor and the Joint Outreach Task Group will provide information about the benefits available to current and former nuclear weapons workers from covered facilities, and their families, under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act on September 5, 2019.  

WHAT: Outreach Event on Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act Benefits
The event will include presentations for claimants and authorized representatives. 

August 23, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Michigan Masonry Company Paying $130,788 in Back Wages to 58 Employees

CLINTON TWP, MI – Brickworks Property Restoration – a masonry company based in Clinton Township, Michigan – will pay $130,788 in back wages to 58 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the employer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime and recordkeeping provisions.

August 23, 2019

Southern California Software Company Pays $48,193 to Employee After U.S. Department of Labor Finds H-1B Visa Program Violations

GLENDALE, CA – A Glendale, California, software engineering company has paid $48,193 to one employee after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated labor provisions of the H-1B foreign labor certification program.  

WHD investigators found Assigncorp failed to provide work for the employee – as required by the visa program – when business slowed, and did not pay the hourly rate required in the program's Labor Certification Application (LCA) for this idle time, a violation of federal law.

August 23, 2019

Federal Judge Orders Lloyd Industries and Company Owner to Pay $1.04 Million to Employees Terminated for Assisting Safety Investigation

MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA - A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has awarded $1,047,399 in lost wages and punitive damages to two former employees of a Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, manufacturer after a jury found the company and its owner fired them in retaliation for their participation in a federal safety investigation.

August 22, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 209,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 220,000 to 221,000. The 4-week moving average was 214,500, an increase of 500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 213,750 to 214,000.