News Releases

July 11, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Continues Compliance Assistance On U.S. Virgin Islands Related to Hurricane Recovery Efforts

GUAYNABO, PR – U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) representatives are in St. Croix and St. Thomas this summer to investigate wage issues and provide compliance assistance related to recovery efforts following Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

July 11, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers Wages for 13 Hurricane Recovery Employees Stranded Without Pay in the U.S. Virgin Islands

GUAYNABO, PR – Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Alabama-based construction contractor KW Construction Work Inc. has paid $14,857 to 13 Texas-based employees stranded in the U.S. Virgin Islands without pay or transportation after performing hurricane recovery work. The Corpus Christi office of the Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) learned of the situation and alerted WHD.

July 11, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Shelby County Board of Education Paying Employee $112,826 in Back Wages and Medical Expenses

MEMPHIS, TN – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has found the Shelby County Board of Education violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when the school district terminated an employee for exercising her right to take time off for a qualifying illness. The school board has paid the employee $112,826 in back wages and medical expenses.

July 10, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks to Stop Increase in Worker Fatalities In Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

KANSAS CITY, MO ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking to stem a recent increase in workplace fatalities in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

July 10, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Enters Partnership to Promote Safety During Omaha Construction Project

OMAHA, NE – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and McCarthy Building Companies Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska, have signed a strategic partnership to promote worker safety and health during the construction of the Veterans Ambulatory Care Center - an addition to the Omaha Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

July 10, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Award of $47,600,000 In Training Grants to Help Homeless Veterans Re-enter the Workforce

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the award of 163 Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants totaling $47,600,000. This funding will provide workforce reintegration services to more than 18,000 homeless veterans.

"While serving in the military, veterans learn many skills desired in today's workforce," said Secretary Acosta. "These grants will help thousands of homeless veterans reintegrate themselves into society and secure good jobs."

July 10, 2018

Federal Court Sentences Brentwood, Tennessee, Resident to 66 Months in Prison after U.S. Department of Labor Investigators Uncover Health Insurance Scam

NASHVILLE, TN – After a U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) investigation, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville has sentenced Timothy Wayne Thomas of Brentwood, Tennessee, to serve 66 months in prison for his criminal conduct in marketing and misrepresenting health insurance plans. The sentence also requires him to forfeit $1,500,000 and pay more than $2,500,000 in restitution to the victims of the fraud scheme.

July 10, 2018

Boston-Area Restaurant Operator Pays $79,338 in Back Wages and Liquidated Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

BOSTON, MA – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has led Clover Fast Food, Inc. – based in Cambridge, Massachusetts – and owner Ayr Muir to pay $79,338 in back wages and liquidated damages to 65 employees to resolve violations of overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

July 9, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $308,811 in Overtime Back Wages for 134 Employees of Michigan Manufacturer

OWOSSO, MI – Michigan truck accessories manufacturer, Rugged Liner Inc. will pay $308,811 in back wages owed to 134 employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) that found the company violated the overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

July 9, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Houston Pool Builder Paying $55,560 in Overtime, Minimum Wages and Damages

HOUSTON, TX – Pool Works LLC has paid $27,780 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 60 employees to settle overtime, minimum wage, and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) found in an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

July 9, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Health Insurance Provider Paying $128,422 in Back Wages to 17 Employees

LOUISVILLE, KY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Humana Inc. has paid $128,422 in back wages to 17 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

July 9, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Pennsylvania and New Jersey Companies For Workplace Safety Violations

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited three companies – two in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (U.S. Construction Inc. and American Diamond Builders Inc.) and one in Delran, New Jersey (AAR Construction Inc.) – for workplace safety violations after an employee suffered fatal injuries resulting from a fall at a Philadelphia worksite in November 2017. American Diamond Builders Inc. faces $143,159 in proposed penalties, while U.S. Construction Inc. faces penalties of $73,984.

July 9, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Joins Partnership to Promote Workplace Safety During Alabama Construction Project

BRIDGEPORT, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), University of Alabama's Safe State On-site Consultation Program, and Holder Construction Group LLC, have signed a strategic partnership agreement to promote worker safety and health during the construction of the Mustang Widows Creek Projects in Bridgeport.

July 9, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks Information From Battery Manufacturer’s Employees as Wage Violations Case Continues in Federal Court

LYON STATION, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit alleging overtime and recordkeeping violations of federal law against East Penn Manufacturing Co. and encourages current and former employees affected by the alleged wage violations to contact the Department's Wage and Hour Division District Office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

July 9, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites North Florida Shipyard for Safety Violations Following Employee Drowning

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited North Florida Shipyards Inc., a shipbuilding and repair company, after an employee suffered fatal injuries at its Commodores Point facility in Jacksonville, Florida. The shipyard faces $271,061 in proposed penalties.

July 9, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Enters Partnership with Turner Construction Co. to Promote Safety During Project

BALTIMORE, MD – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Turner Construction Co. have signed a strategic partnership to promote workplace safety during construction of the Center for Cyber Security Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

The partnership seeks to reduce injuries, illnesses, and exposures to hazards through increased safety and health training, effective health monitoring, and implementation of safety and health programs by employers on the project.

July 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Conducting Survey of Building Construction Projects to Ensure Maryland Workers Covered by Proper Wage Rates

BALTIMORE, MD – To help establish prevailing wage rates, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a survey of building construction projects in several Maryland counties.

July 6, 2018

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

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

July 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in California Fast-Food Franchisee Paying $511,117 in Back Wages and Liquidated Damages

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JB Restaurants Inc., which operates 14 Jack in the Box fast-food restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, will pay $511,117 in back wages and liquidated damages to 152 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found the employer violated overtime and child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The company will pay $255,558 in overtime back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages. The child labor violations led WHD to assess an additional $18,529 in civil money penalties.

July 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks Input on Retrospective Study of Respirable Coal Mine Dust Rule

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) today announced  a Request for Information (RFI) on a Retrospective Study of the final rule entitled "Lowering Miners' Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors" in the Federal Register.