October 5, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor and Princeton University Reach Agreement To Resolve Pay Disparities in Professors’ Positions

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Princeton University entered into an early resolution conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination. Princeton University has agreed to pay $925,000 in back pay and at least $250,000 in future salary adjustments to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination by OFCCP.

October 5, 2020

Healthcare Staffing Company Pays More Than $3 Million in Back Wages After Missing Payroll for Employees Conducting Coronavirus Testing

OVERLAND PARK, KS Favorite Healthcare Staffing Inc. – based in Overland Park, Kansas – has paid $3,068,859 in back wages to 1,677 contract employees hired to conduct coronavirus testing in Orlando, Florida, under terms of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

October 5, 2020

Panama City Landscaping Company Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Coronavirus Diagnosis

PANAMA CITY, FL – Garden Escapes LLC – a Panama City, Florida-based landscaping company – has paid $1,200 in back wages after wrongly denying emergency paid sick leave to an employee who self-quarantined after receiving a coronavirus diagnosis.

October 5, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Consent Order and Judgment To Restore $6,545,454 to Union Short Term Disability Fund

CLEVELAND, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent order and judgment requiring the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Union and the current trustees of the SMART Group Voluntary Short Term Disability Plan (SMART VSTD Plan) to restore $6,545,454 to the Plan.

October 5, 2020

Tennessee Restaurant Chain To Pay $188,728 in Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Uncovers Minimum Wage Violations

KINGSPORT, TN After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Cypriana Inc. – operating as Mad Greek International Café – will pay $188,728 in back wages to 65 employees. The investigation found minimum wage and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at two Tennessee locations in Kingsport and Johnson City.

October 5, 2020

ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic.

Reopening America’s Economy:

October 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Announces $484,069 In Coronavirus Violations

WASHINGTON, DC – Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited 37 establishments for violations, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $484,069.

OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations, including failures to:

October 2, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance for Using Tight-Fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirators Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued temporary guidance for enforcing initial and annual fit-testing requirements related to tight-fitting powered air-purifying respirators. The action marks the Department’s latest step to ensure the availability of respirators and follows President Donald J.

October 2, 2020

Sleep Product Manufacturer Pays Back Wages to Tennessee Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Coronavirus Diagnosis

GALLATIN, TN – Solstice Sleep Products Inc. – a Columbus, Ohio-based sleep product manufacturer – has paid $868 in back wages after wrongly denying emergency paid sick leave to an employee at its Gallatin, Tennessee, location who self-quarantined after receiving a coronavirus diagnosis.

October 2, 2020

Yale University Agrees to Pay $87,500 to Settle Pay Discrimination Allegations with U.S. Department of Labor

HARTFORD, CT – Yale University, a private university, will pay $87,500 to resolve alleged pay discrimination at the university’s New Haven, Connecticut, campus.

October 2, 2020

Georgia Home Security Company Pays Back Wages to Employee Wrongly Denied Paid Sick Leave After Coronavirus Diagnosis

COVINGTON, GA – Nicholas Security Commercial LLC – a Covington, Georgia-based home security company – has paid $1,153 in back wages after wrongly denying emergency paid sick leave to an employee who self-quarantined after receiving a coronavirus diagnosis.

October 2, 2020

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia on the September Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued the following statement on the September 2020 Employment Situation Report:

October 1, 2020

Presidential Proclamation Marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month’s 75th Annual Commemoration for ‘Increasing Access and Opportunity’

WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald J. Trump has issued a proclamation commemorating October 2020 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and encouraging workplaces and communities across the nation to honor the occasion through a variety of events and activities.

October 1, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Reaches Conciliation Agreement With Law Firm to Resolve Alleged Pay Discrimination

PROVIDENCE, RI – After a routine compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Locke Lord LLP – a federal contractor formerly known as Edwards Wildman – voluntarily entered into a conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of pay discrimination at its Providence, Rhode Island, office.  

October 1, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces First Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Raytheon Technologies as the first Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP), a major milestone in this Administration’s goal to expand apprenticeships and create more job opportunities for American workers. The National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) serves as the Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) overseeing Raytheon’s program. NIMS was recognized by the Department on Sept.

October 1, 2020

Federal Court Sentences Kentucky Business Owner for Improper Use of Benefit Plans’ Contributions After U.S. Department Labor Investigation

LEXINGTON, KY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky has sentenced Aaron Jamison – founder, owner and president of Micah Group LLC and Micah Group Environmental Contractors Inc.

October 1, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending September 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 837,000, a decrease of 36,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 3,000 from 870,000 to 873,000. The 4-week moving average was 867,250, a decrease of 11,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 878,250 to 879,000.

September 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About Reporting Work-Related Cases of the Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published additional frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) regarding the need to report employees’ in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities resulting from work-related cases of the coronavirus.

September 30, 2020

Second Lady Karen Pence and U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia Announce Program to Assist Military Spouses

WASHINGTON, DC – At Naval Air Station Jacksonville today, Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence and U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia announced the launch of a new Transition Assistance Program (TAP) workshop for military spouses. TAP is administered by the Department’s Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS).

September 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $400,000 in Brookwood-Sago Grants For Mine Safety Education and Training

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has awarded $400,000 in funding through its Brookwood-Sago grant program to support education and training to help identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around the nation’s mines.