January 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Two Alabama Contractors For Exposing Employees to Hazards After Fatal Trench Collapse

HOOVER, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited two Alabama contractors – OLA Inc. and Calloway Inc. – for exposing employees to excavation hazards after two workers suffered fatal injuries in a trench collapse on a residential project in Hoover, Alabama. The contractors face $88,482 in penalties.

January 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor, Maine Department of Labor and Maine School of Masonry Partner to Promote Worker Safety

AUGUSTA, ME – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently signed a two-year alliance with the Maine Department of Labor, Workplace Safety and Health Division (SafetyWorks!), and the Maine School of Masonry to promote worker safety in the masonry industry.

January 30, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 216,000, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 12,000 from 211,000 to 223,000. The 4-week moving average was 214,500, a decrease of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 3,000 from 213,250 to 216,250.  

January 29, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investing More Than $27 Million In Grants to Support USMCA

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced it is providing up to $27.2 million in grant funding to help Mexico meet its labor obligations under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), including the effective enforcement of its labor laws and addressing child labor and forced labor in its supply chains.

January 29, 2020

Statement of U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia On Signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued the following statement regarding the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“Thanks to the unyielding dedication of President Trump, the United States will now have a fair and reciprocal trade agreement with Mexico and Canada. USMCA will bring jobs, increased trade and stronger economic growth to our already record-setting economy, growing GDP by as much as $235 billion and adding as many as 500,000 new jobs.

January 28, 2020

Local Government in Michigan Pays $54,945 in Back Wages to 48 Police and Firefighters after U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

BELLEVILLE, MI After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Charter Township of Van Buren has paid $54,945 in back wages to 48 current and former employees for violations of the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 28, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Ammunition Recycler After Employee Fatality Following Explosion and Fire

HAMILTON, OH The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Midwest Ammunition LLC for 19 serious safety and health violations after one employee suffered a fatal injury, and another suffered serious injuries in a fire and explosion on July 22, 2019, at the Hamilton, Ohio, company. OSHA proposed penalties of $211,768.

January 28, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Michigan Towing Company Paying $58,551 in Overtime Back Wages to 66 Employees

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Elite Road Service LLC – based in Clinton Township, Michigan – has paid $58,551 in back wages to 66 current and former employees to resolve violations of the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 28, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Celebrates Women’s Bureau Centennial Anniversary, Announces Plans to Mark Century of Achievements

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor is commemorating the centennial anniversary of the Women’s Bureau – one of the department’s longest-serving agencies – with a yearlong celebration that marks its establishment in 1920. 

January 28, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Fines Roofing Contractor $605,371 For Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards at 3 Pennsylvania Worksites

BALA CYNWYD, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Webb Contractor Corp. for exposing employees to fall hazards at three separate worksites in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, area. The roofing contractor, based in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, faces $605,371 in penalties.

January 27, 2020

Iowa Construction Company Pays $126,420 in Overtime Back Wages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Violations

SOLON, IA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), E & J Electric Inc. – based in Solon, Iowa, and operates as both E & J Electric Inc. & E & J Geothermal Inc. – has paid $126,420 in back wages to 25 current and former employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $22 Million in Grants to Strengthen Labor Law Enforcement, Combat Child Labor and Forced Labor Among Trade Partners

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $22 million in new grant funding to promote labor law enforcement and help end exploitative labor practices in at least five trade partner countries. The funds will support projects to combat abusive labor practices, including the use of child labor, forced labor and human trafficking.

January 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Again Cites New Jersey Aluminum Manufacturer for Safety Failures after Employee Hospitalized

DELAIR, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Aluminum Shapes LLC for workplace safety and health hazards after a crane operator was injured in August 2019 at the aluminum manufacturer’s Delair, New Jersey, foundry. The company faces $169,524 in penalties for these violations.

January 27, 2020

Florida Shooting Range Agrees to Pay Terminated Employee $30,000 To Settle U.S. Department of Labor Whistleblower Allegations

ORLANDO, FL – In a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Shooting Gallery Range Inc. – a shooting range based in Orlando, Florida – has agreed to pay an employee $30,000 in back wages and compensatory damages. The settlement is reflected in a U.S. District Court consent judgment issued January 24, 2020.

January 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Pennsylvania Excavation Contractor For Exposing Employees to Trenching Hazards

HARMONY, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Metarko Excavating LLC for exposing employees to trenching hazards at a Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, worksite. The company faces $59,311 in penalties.

January 27, 2020

Tucson Restaurant to Pay Employees $114,964 in Back Wages, Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Violations

PHOENIX, AZ After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler – a restaurant based in Tucson, Arizona – will pay $114,964 in back wages and damages to 55 employees and $20,372 in civil penalties for violating minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

January 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers Wages for Employee Terminated in Violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act

LOS ANGELES, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Care Center on Hazeltine LLC – a healthcare center in Van Nuys, California – has paid $13,640 in lost wages and liquidated damages to a former employee after the employer violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

January 24, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Chicago Area Company For Safety Failures After Employee Injured in Trench Cave-In

GLENCOE, IL The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Goose Lake Construction Inc. after an employee suffered serious injuries when an unprotected trench collapsed, burying him up to his waist at a Glencoe, Illinois, worksite. OSHA proposed penalties of $233,377.

January 23, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 211,000, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 204,000 to 205,000. The 4-week moving average was 213,250, a decrease of 3,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 216,250 to 216,500.

January 21, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $4 Million in Additional Disaster Recovery Funding to North Carolina to Continue Hurricane Florence Relief

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced incremental funding of $4,000,000 for a Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce in response to Hurricane Florence in September 2018.

Funds will allow participants to complete remaining disaster-relief activities in 18 counties declared eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance Program.