News Releases

November 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Employers at Georgia Distribution Center

SAVANNAH, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited U.S. Xpress Inc. and Dollar Tree Distribution Center Inc. for exposing workers to struck-by and other hazards after a powered industrial truck fatally struck an employee at the distribution center in Savannah, Georgia. Dollar Tree Distribution Center Inc. and U.S. Xpress Inc. face penalties of $130,112 and $12,934 respectively.

November 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Tennessee Convenience Store Being Ordered to Pay $62,794 in Back Wages and Damages to 18 Employees

ERIN, TN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee has ordered Ho-Jo's Mini Mart – based in Erin, Tennessee – and its owner David Gardner to pay $62,794 in back wages and liquidated damages to 18 employees for violations of the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Florida Golf Cart Retailer Paying $62,413 in Back Wages and Damages

HUDSON, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Affordable Golf Carts Inc. – based in Hudson, Florida – has paid $62,413 in back wages and liquidated damages to 20 current and former employees for violations of the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Conducting Wage Survey for Metropolitan North Carolina Building Construction Projects

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division is conducting a survey of wages paid to workers in 46 metropolitan North Carolina counties on all active building construction projects to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

November 5, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Massachusetts Contractor For Exposing Workers to Fall Hazards

BRAINTREE, MA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Northeast Framing Inc. – based in Lunenberg, Massachusetts – for exposing workers to falls and other hazards following an employee’s fatal fall at an East Boston, Massachusetts, worksite in May 2018. The company faces $311,330 in penalties, the maximum allowed by law.

November 5, 2018

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

SUNRISE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Crown Roofing LLC for exposing employees to fall hazards at a worksite in Sunrise, Florida. The roofing contractor faces the maximum allowable penalty of $129,336.

November 2, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor to Host Event in Lynchburg, Virginia, For Current and Former Nuclear Weapons Workers

LYNCHBURG, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) will host an outreach event on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, in Lynchburg, Virginia, to inform current and former nuclear weapons workers from three covered facilities in the state about the benefits available to them under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). Workers' family members may be entitled to benefits and are encouraged to participate. 

November 2, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Proposal Provides States Flexibility in Unemployment Insurance Drug Testing

WASHINGTON, DC – Respecting the breadth and diversity of individual state economies, the U.S. Department of Labor today proposed broad flexibility for states in determining occupations for drug testing of unemployment compensation (UC) applicants. In 2017, Congress passed, and the President signed, a resolution of disapproval revoking a 2016 rule that imposed a one-size-fits-all approach on states with regard to identifying occupations for regular drug testing.

November 2, 2018

Federal Court Orders Defunct Las Vegas Airline to Pay Former Employees $219,716 to Restore Health Plan Losses

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada has approved a consent judgment between the U.S. Department of Labor and Vision Airlines Inc. that requires the now-defunct company to pay $219,716 to former employees for violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in connection with their health plan. Vision Airlines Inc.; Vision Airlines Inc. Health and Welfare Plan; and fiduciaries William Acor and Shelley Lynne have also been assessed a civil penalty of approximately $44,000.

November 2, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Casino Operator Paying $175,128 in Back Wages and Damages

HAMMOND, IN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Las Vegas-based Caesar's Entertainment Group will pay $175,128 in back wages and liquidated damages to 889 employees at two Indiana casinos it operates, for minimum wage violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

November 2, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Safety Initiative Seeks to Reduce Fall Hazards at Pacific Northwest Construction Sites

SEATTLE, WA – To prevent fall hazards in the Pacific Northwest's construction industry, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently engaged in a Regional Emphasis Program (REP) in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho. 

November 2, 2018

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on October Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today issued the following statement regarding the October 2018 Employment Situation report:

"The October jobs report showed another booming month of job creation. With 250,000 new jobs added, we have a total of 4.5 million new jobs since November 2016. Jobs were added across all industries.  Employment hit a record high of 156,562,000.

November 1, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Statement Regarding National Native American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement today regarding National Native American Heritage Month:

November 1, 2018

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending October 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 214,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 215,000 to 216,000. The 4-week moving average was 213,750, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 211,750 to 212,000.

October 31, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Texas Underground Tank Contractor for Excavation Hazards

AUSTIN, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited UST Systems Inc. for trench safety violations after the company allowed its employees to enter an excavation site in Austin without proper protections or training on the dangers of unsupported soils. UST Systems Inc. faces $35,844 in proposed penalties.

October 31, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $2.8 Million for 443 Employees Of Federal Contractor in New York and New Jersey After Investigation

NEW YORK, NY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), federal contractor Fedcap Rehabilitation Services Inc. has paid $2,830,146 to 443 employees at 17 New York and New Jersey locations to resolve violations of the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).

October 31, 2018

Managers at Ohio Manufacturing Company Indicted for Obstructing U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Following Workplace Death

CLEVELAND, OH – A federal grand jury in the Northern District of Ohio has indicted two managers at Extrudex Aluminum Inc. in Ohio for conspiracy to obstruct justice during a 2012 workplace fatality investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

October 31, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Alabama Tank Cleaning Company For Confined Space, Fire, and Explosion Hazards

CHUNCHULA, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited American Remediation and Environmental Inc. for confined space, fire, and explosion hazards. The Chunchula, Alabama, tank cleaning company faces $171,281 in penalties.

October 30, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Framing Company For Exposing Employees to Falls

PANAMA CITY, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Panama City Framing LLC for exposing employees to fall hazards at a worksite in Panama City, Florida. The company faces $113,816 in proposed penalties.

October 30, 2018

Missouri Plumbing Contractor Admits to Violating Trench Safety Requirements

KANSAS CITY, MO – Arrow Plumbing LLC has admitted to willfully violating the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety standards by failing to require and enforce the use of trench boxes or other trench protection techniques at a home construction site in Belton, Missouri. An employee suffered fatal injuries when an unprotected trench collapsed on him as he worked.