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SOL receives pro nono award

Pro Bono Honors for the Department's Office of the Solicitor

D.C. Bar, November 3, 2017

"Celebrating Pro Bono Week, the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference hosted its biennial Federal Government Attorney Pro Bono Recognition Reception on October 24."(Read more)

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WHD, with Assistance of SOL, Recovers $3 million in Back Wages and Fringe Benefits via FPMI's Backruptcy

WHD, with Assistance of SOL, Recovers $3 million in Back Wages and Fringe Benefits via FPMI's Backruptcy

Department of Labor News Release, September 07, 2017

"A Virginia company that provided human resources and other services to federal agencies nationwide paid more than $3 million in back wages and fringe benefits to resolve the findings of a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation."(Read more)

WHD, with Assistance of SOL, Recovers $3 million in Back Wages and Fringe Benefits via FPMI's Backruptcy

US DC SDNY orders owner of a Manhattan laser surgery center to pay $5 million to its ESOP

Compensation.BLR.com, September 05, 2017

"The U.S. Department of Labor has reached an agreement with the owner of a Manhattan laser surgery center to pay $5 million to its Employee Stock Ownership Plan"(Read more)

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B&H Photo to pay $3.22 million to settle discrimination case

B&H Photo to pay $3.22 million to settle discrimination case

DIY Photography, August 17, 2017

"In February 2016, the Department of Labor sued B&H Photo & Electronics Corp. (or B&H Photo) for discrimination against multiple groups. A year and a half later, they have agreed to pay $3.22 million to settle the case."(Read more)

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Judge Upholds OSHA Decision to Cite 2 MA Contractors as Single Employer in Worker-fall Case

Judge Upholds OSHA Decision to Cite 2 MA Contractors as Single Employer in Worker-fall Case

Construction Dive, April 26, 2017

"Construction remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the US, accounting for one in five worker deaths in 2015, OSHA reported."(Read more)

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Zeus Packing/Cape Ann Seafood: DOL Sued for Liquidated Damages ONLY

Saving Seafood, April 14, 2017

"Kristian Kristensen and his two Harbor Loop companies - Cape Ann Seafood Exchange and Zeus Packing - must pay more than $200,000 in liquidated damages..."(Read more)

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Disney Is Going to Pay $3.8 Million to Employees Who Were Charged for Their Costumes

Disney Is Going to Pay $3.8 Million to Employees Who Were Charged for Their Costumes

Fortune, March 17, 2017

"Walt Disney Co. will pay more than 16,000 Florida employees a total of $3.8 million in back wages after charging them for their costumes, ..."(Read more)

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Lowell sewing factory to pay $1.2 million

Lowell Sewing Factory to Pay $1.2 Million to Settle Alleged Wage Violations

The Boston Globe, March 10, 2017

"A Lowell sewing factory has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle with state and federal authorities over alleged wage violations affecting 550 workers, ..."(Read more)

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Federal Contractors required to provide paid sick leave

Final Rule Requires Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave

Department of Labor News Release, September 29,2016

"The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule today requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to employees who work on or in connection with certain federal contracts. The rule will allow these workers to use paid leave if they are sick, need to ..."(Read more)

Papa Johns wage violations

$500,000 Agreement with Papa John's Franchise Over Wage Violations

NY State Office of the Attorney General Press Release, August 23, 2016

"Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and the U.S. Department of Labor today announced a settlement totaling $500,000 with Sultan Ali Lakhani, Moregrace LLC, and Thegrace, Inc., the owners of three Papa John's Pizza franchise stores in Manhattan and the Bronx. The three stores violated ..."(Read more)

Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower retaliation

Fourth Circuit Upholds Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Retaliation

The National Law Review, June 17, 2016

On May 20, 2015, a split Fourth Circuit panel ruled Deltek, Inc., a Virginia-based software and information services provider, must pay a terminated whistleblower four years of front wages and thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) in college tuition. In doing so, two thirds of the panel affirmed ..."(Read more)

Fiduciary definition and conflict of interest rule

U.S. Department of Labor Finalizes Fiduciary Definition and Conflict of Interest Rule

The National Law Review, April 25, 2016

"On April 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (Department) issued its highly anticipated final rule addressing when a person is considered to be a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code (Code) as a result of ..."(Read more)