December 12, 2022

US Department of Labor finds manufacturer exposed workers to machine, other hazards at Kewaunee, Wisconsin, facility

KEWAUNEE, WI – Federal safety inspectors have determined that a falling load from a below-the-hook magnet crushed the leg of an employee at a Kewaunee heavy fabrication manufacturing company on June 7, 2022.

December 8, 2022

US Department of Labor reaches agreement with environmental cleanup provider to resolve alleged hiring discrimination at Richland’s Hanford Site

RICHLAND, WA – The U.S. Department of Labor has reached an early resolution conciliation agreement with an environmental cleanup provider alleged to have discriminated against 151 Hispanic applicants for contract employment at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site near Richland.

December 8, 2022

Department of Labor announces addition of 5 organizations to support, deliver employment assistance to transitioning service members, spouses

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced its Veterans’ Employment and Training Service has signed a memorandum of understanding with five new partners that have agreed to support VETS’ Employment Navigator and Partnership Pilot. With the additions, there are now 38 ENPP partners.  

December 8, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $5M to help fight workplace discrimination, harassment; empower working women in Nigeria, Liberia

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $5 million cooperative agreement to the Solidarity Center to elevate women’s participation in the workplace, particularly those among underserved groups or populations in the West African nations of Liberia and Nigeria.

December 8, 2022

[UPDATED] US Department of Labor releases informational copies of 2022 Form 5500 Series Annual Return/Report

WASHINGTONThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, the IRS, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.

December 8, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers more than $17K for illegally terminated employee after Publix Super Markets Inc. violates medical leave protections

Employer name:        Publix Super Markets Inc.

Investigation site:      3300 Publix Corp. Parkway, Lakeland, FL 33811

December 8, 2022

Secretary Walsh announces new partners, action plan, support for international worker voice initiative

WASHINGTON Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh today announced that Argentina, Canada, Germany, South Africa and Spain have joined the Multilateral Partnership for Organizing, Worker Empowerment and Rights initiative and that the effort has established a new action plan and that the U.S. has exceeded its 2021 pledge of support. The M-POWER initiative remains the largest U.S. government commitment to advance worker empowerment and support trade union rights in the global economy.

December 8, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending December 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 230,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 225,000 to 226,000. The 4-week moving average was 230,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 228,750 to 229,000.

December 7, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $250K in wages, damages for servers, bartenders denied full wages, overtime by employer’s illegal pay practices

Employer name:                    Oak Texas Bar & Grill LLC

                                                        Oak Texas Bar LLC

Investigation site:                 7001 N. 10th St., Suite C, McAllen, Texas 78504

                                                         113 S 17th St., McAllen, TX 78501

December 7, 2022

US Department of Labor finds garment contractor violated labor laws while producing apparel sold by Stitch Fix, Indigo, Evereve

Employer:                                          Justar Fashion Inc.

Investigation sites:                            2660 Chico Ave.

South El Monte, CA 91733

December 7, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $288K in back wages for 8 workers shortchanged by Virginia commercial roofing contractor

Employer:                           CHU Contracting Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              14020 Thunderbolt Place, Suite 300                                                                                                                                                                                                Chantilly, Virginia 20151

December 7, 2022

US Department of Labor investigation finds Denver IT services provider retaliated against executive who raised concerns about IRS violations

DENVER A federal whistleblower investigation has found a Denver-based information technology services provider retaliated against an employee who raised concerns about the company’s failure to pay trust fund taxes to the IRS.

December 7, 2022

Investigation into two workers’ deaths in Edmond finds Arkansas contractor failed to test oxygen level in confined space, provide rescue equipment

OKLAHOMA CITY – Federal workplace safety investigators have determined that an Arkansas construction contractor failed to test oxygen levels in the confined space before two workers entered a sewer 20 feet below ground at an Edmond work site and died because of a lack of oxygen.

December 6, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. recupera $28,000 en salarios atrasados para 36 trabajadores de restaurantes a quienes se les pagaba ilegalmente como contratistas independientes y se les negaban las horas extras

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Una investigación del Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU. ha descubierto que un restaurante de St. Petersburg se interpuso a la ley federal, lo cual condujo a la recuperación de $28,162 en salarios atrasados para 36 empleados, y cambios en las prácticas de pago de los empleadores. El empleador pagaba ilegalmente al personal de cocina, los lavaplatos y los meseros como contratistas independientes.

December 6, 2022

Care industry compliance initiative recovers $1M for 77 workers denied full wages by Seattle-area employers

SEATTLE – While 77 care workers employed by Seattle-area adult family home providers worked long hours to ensure the well-being and daily needs of older adults and people with disabilities, a federal investigation has found their employers were shortchanging them $530,418 in wages.

December 6, 2022

Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recupera $370K para 54 trabajadores de dos restaurantes que no pagaron horas extras y trataron de ocultarlo

LOS ANGELES – El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. recuperó $370,194 en salarios atrasados ​​y compensación por daños de los dueños de dos restaurantes en Los Ángeles y Pasadena que ilegalmente negaron el pago de horas extra a 54 trabajadores y trataron de ocultarlo.

December 6, 2022

Court enters permanent injunction against food sanitation contractor to end oppressive child labor practices; requires hiring outside compliance specialist

LINCOLN, NE – A federal court in Nebraska today entered a consent order and judgment in which Packers Sanitation Services Inc. LTD – one of the nation’s largest providers of food safety sanitation services – agreed to immediately comply with child labor laws at all facilities nationwide and to take significant steps to ensure future compliance, including employing an outside compliance specialist.

December 6, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $370K for 54 workers at two restaurants, whose owners denied overtime pay; attempted to hide violations

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $370,194 in back wages and liquidated damages from the owners of two restaurants in Los Angeles and Pasadena who illegally denied overtime wages to 54 workers, and attempted to hide their misdeeds.

December 6, 2022

US Department of Labor recovers $28K in back wages for 36 restaurant workers illegally paid as independent contractors, denied overtime pay

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has found a St. Petersburg restaurant ran afoul of federal law, leading to the recovery of $28,162 in back wages for 36 employees, and changes to the employers’ pay practices. The employer illegally paid kitchen staff, dishwashers, and servers as independent contractors.