News Releases

August 21, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Arizona Medical Clinic Being Cited $15,000 for Illegally Requesting Polygraph Tests

PHOENIX, AZ –An Administrative Law Judge in the Department of Labor ordered West Valley Ear, Nose and Throat – a medical clinic based in Phoenix, Arizona – to pay $15,000 in civil penalties after the employer violated federal law by requesting that five employees submit to polygraph tests.

August 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites South Dakota Contractor For Exposing Employees to Trenching Hazards

SIOUX FALLS, SD ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Midwest Excavating LLC for exposing employees to trench cave-in hazards at a jobsite in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The company faces penalties of $58,343.

August 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Missouri Contractor For Exposing Employees to Excavating and Trenching Hazards

ST. LOUIS, MO ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited J.H. Berra Construction Co. – based in St. Louis, Missouri – for exposing employees to excavation hazards at a residential construction site in Saint Charles, Missouri. The company faces penalties of $143,206.

August 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Commercial Roofing Contractor For Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards at Illinois Job Site

LAKE BARRINGTON, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Five Star Roofing Systems Inc. – based in Hartford City, Indiana – for exposing employees to fall hazards while performing roofing work at a commercial building site in Lake Barrington, Illinois. The company faces $220,249 in penalties for repeated fall protection violations.

August 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor’s Hall of Honor Ceremony Date Announced

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Hall of Honor ceremony, which will include the inductions of former U.S. Senator Robert Griffin and former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Howard Jenkins, Jr. based on their work on the landmark Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA), will take place on Thursday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, at the Department's Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C.

August 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Puerto Rico Disaster Recovery Contractor Paying $1,341,829 in Back Wages to 1,853 Employees

SAN JUAN, PR – After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, Xperts Inc. – a San Juan, Puerto Rico, disaster response contractor – has paid $1,341,829 in back wages to 1,853 employees to resolve violations of the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Construction Contractor For Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited L N Framing Inc. for exposing employees to fall hazards at a Jacksonville, Florida, worksite. The residential and commercial framing contractor faces $58,343 in penalties.

August 19, 2019

Federal Court Sentences Eastern Kentucky Landscape Owner After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

FLATWOODS, KY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky has sentenced Michael Anthony Wheeler – owner of Tri-State Lawn Care Inc. operating in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia – to serve five years on unsupervised probation and ordered him to pay $327,087 in back wages to 17 employees for violating requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the H-2A visa program.

August 19, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Penalties to Wisconsin Company For Continually Exposing Employees to Machine Hazards

OSHA cited Choice Products for five egregious willful violations for failing to implement and train employees on lockout/tagout procedures to prevent unintentional contact with machine operating parts during service and maintenance. Inspectors also determined that the company failed to install machine guarding, and comply with forklift regulations.

OSHA cited Choice Products for exposing employees to similar machine hazards following an October 2016 inspection.

August 16, 2019

Court Sentences Omaha, Nebraska, Resident to Jail, Orders $276,878 In Restitution After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Benefits Fraud

OMAHA, NE – After a joint investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General, the U.S. District Court of Nebraska has sentenced Craig A.

August 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Job Corps Contracting Reform

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced the release of the first solicitation under the new firm-fixed price approach to procuring Job Corps center operations on Federal Business Opportunities at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=8ebcfadd06ee5319297bd729f8ed447f&tab=core&_cview=0.

August 15, 2019

Federal Judge Orders Virginia Company’s Former CEO and Institutional Fiduciary to Restore $6,502,500 to Employee Stock Ownership Plan

FOREST, VA – The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia has ordered the former CEO of a Virginia packaging equipment company and the bank that acted as a transactional fiduciary of the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) to restore $6,502,500 to the plan.

August 15, 2019

CORRECTED: U.S. Department of Labor Invites Stakeholders to an Online Dialogue On Supporting Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor is hosting an online dialogue to help employers and nursing mothers understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. The Supporting Nursing Mothers in the Workplace dialogue will also solicit best practices to educate nursing mothers about key protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employers, nursing mothers, state and local policymakers, and other interested people can participate through Friday, August 23, 2019.

August 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites New York Frozen Foods Packager For Exposing Employees to Multiple Hazards

BUFFALO, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Arbre Group Holding – doing business as Holli-Pac Inc. – for willful and serious violations of workplace safety and health standards at its Holley, New York, facility. The company, which packages frozen fruits and vegetables for retailers, faces a total of $200,791 in penalties.

August 15, 2019

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending August 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 220,000, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 209,000 to 211,000. The 4-week moving average was 213,750, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 212,250 to 212,750.

August 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Armor Fabrication Company For Exposing Employees to Amputation and Other Safety Hazards

MIAMI LAKES, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Point Blank Enterprises Inc. – operating as The Protective Group in Miami Lakes, Florida – for exposing employees to amputation and other safety hazards. The company faces $92,820 in penalties.

August 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Owner of Five Central Florida Hotels Paying $23,368 in Back Wages and Damages to Employees

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Michael Andoniades – the owner of five St. Petersburg, Florida, hotels – has paid $23,368 in back wages and liquidated damages to 30 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The five St. Petersburg hotels involved in the investigation are:

August 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes a Rule Clarifying Civil Rights Protections for Religious Organizations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking intended to clarify the civil rights protections afforded to religious organizations that contract with the federal government. The proposed rule ensures that conscience and religious freedom are given the broadest protection permitted by law.

August 13, 2019

U.S. Labor Department Investigation Results in Colorado Company Paying Back Wages, Damages For Wage Violations in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, PA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Huwa Enterprises – an environmental restoration company based in Keenesburg, Colorado – paid $9,174 in back wages, and an equal amount in liquidated damages for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) while performing reclamation services on pipelines in western Pennsylvania.

August 13, 2019

Federal Contractor Agrees to Pay $175,000 To Settle Alleged Hiring Discrimination

PORTLAND, OR – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Conduent Commercial Solutions LLC – formerly CSG Xerox World – have entered into a conciliation agreement by which the federal contractor has agreed to pay $175,000 in back wages to resolve claims of systemic hiring discrimination at its Portland, Oregon facility.