April 18, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $167K in back wages, damages for 56 employees denied overtime by Utah restaurant operator

Employer name:            Jurassic Street Tacos LLC

Investigation site:          242 East University Parkway Orem, UT 84058

                                                  275 North 500 West Provo, UT 84601

                                                  3604 Pony Express Parkway Eagle Mountain, UT 84005 (Taco Truck Location)

April 17, 2023

READOUT: Department of Labor gathered experts, stakeholders to ensure more inclusive hiring as automated technology affects decision-making

WASHINGTON – The Department of Labor today hosted an online “think tank” on the use of artificial intelligence tools in hiring during which federal agencies, technology innovators, disability organizations and civil rights groups convened to explore strategies for ensuring that automated employment decision tools treat workers with disabilities and other underserved communities equally.

April 17, 2023

Philadelphia-area swimming pool subcontractor must pay $384K in back wages, penalties after Department of Labor finds H-2B guest worker violations

AMBLER, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent order to enable the recovery of $317,097 in back wages for three U.S. and 56 workers from Mexico employed by an Ambler, Pennsylvania, swimming pool subcontractor under the federal H-2B guest worker visa program.

April 17, 2023

US Department of Labor finds Arizona veterans’ healthcare facility exposed employees to potentially deadly hazards on steam lines

PRESCOTT, AZ – Federal safety inspectors found that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs endangered maintenance workers at its healthcare facility in Prescott by allowing them to work on steam lines without ensuring they followed required safety procedures.

April 14, 2023

US Department of Labor sues Kansas City-area painting contractor to recover $102K in overtime wages, damages for 29 employees

Employer:      Town and Country Inc., Cleveland, Missouri

Actions:          Filing of Fair Labor Standards Act complaint in federal court

Request for administrative judicial hearing

Courts:           U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Western Division

April 14, 2023

Department of Labor recovers $286K in back wages, damages for 143 painters, other employees denied overtime wages by San Bernardino contractor

SAN BERNADINO, CA – A San Bernardino home contractor has paid nearly $320,000 after willfully denying overtime wages to 143 painters and other employees, after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation.

April 14, 2023

US Department of Labor announces $5M funding opportunity to attract, retain women in Registered Apprenticeships, nontraditional occupations

WASHINGTON - To continue its support of the Biden-Harris administration’s historic infrastructure, manufacturing and clean energy investments, the U.S.

April 14, 2023

Department of Labor announces $44M in grants available for job training, services in rural communities

WASHINGTON – To help workers access new, high-quality career opportunities in rural communities, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $44.2 million in funding in Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities initiative demonstration grants.

April 14, 2023

US Department of Labor announces $10.5M funding availability to support mine safety, health training, education

WASHINGTONThe U.S. Department of Labor today announced that its Mine Safety and Health Administration is making $10.5 million grant funding available to help provide mine safety training for the nation’s miners.

April 13, 2023

Federal safety investigators find Alabama paper mill willfully bypassed safety regulations, leading to fatal electrocution of 36-year-old worker

MAPLESVILLE, AL – Federal workplace safety inspectors examining how a 36-year-old worker suffered fatal electrocution in a Maplesville paper mill found his employer willfully violating safety standards, including disregarding hazardous energy control procedures that protect employees performing maintenance on machinery.

April 13, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending April 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 239,000, an increase of 11,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 228,000. The 4-week moving average was 240,000, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 237,750.

April 13, 2023

Department of Labor effort to protect US, temporary workers’ rights in Midwest under H-2B guest visa program continues

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that its Wage and Hour Division will host an online seminar on April 18 at 1 p.m. EDT on the proper employment of temporary nonimmigrant workers with H-2B guest visas for employers, worker advocates and other stakeholders, as part of an ongoing division initiative to ensure that Midwest employers comply with federal laws governing the program.

April 13, 2023

Department of Labor, industry partners to promote road construction worker safety during 2023 National Work Zone Awareness Week

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration will join construction organizations in Georgia to promote worker safety and encourage industry employers to hold safety stand-downs at roadwork sites and in traffic work zones during National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 17 to 21.

April 12, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $22K in back wages for 12 Taco Bell workers shorted pay for time worked at Spencer, Iowa, location

Employer:      Haza Bell of Nebraska LLC operating as Taco Bell

                       320 11 St. SW

                       Spencer, Iowa

Investigation findings: U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators recovered $22,744 – representing $11,372 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages – for 12 workers at the Spencer, Iowa, Taco Bell.

April 12, 2023

US Department of Labor focused on preventing child labor violations, protecting young workers in Southeast as summer hiring surge approaches

ATLANTA – With violations of child labor laws up 69 percent since 2018 and millions of minor-aged workers joining the U.S. workforce each year – many in seasonal summer jobs in the restaurant, retail and amusement industries – the U.S. Department of Labor is actively working to educate Southeast employers about their legal obligations and make sure young employees are kept safe at work and paid fully.

April 12, 2023

US Department of Labor renews ‘Star Level’ designation of Tiverton Power for workplace safety, health achievements

Participant:   Tiverton Power

Tiverton, Rhode Island

Description:   Tiverton Power employs about 20 workers at this site, a natural gas power plant generating electricity for the New England power grid.