U.S. Department of Labor News

Coalition opposes Labor Department's proposed change of patient-lift operation rules

By Marian Johns | Dec 18, 2018

CHICAGO — An 11-state attorneys general coalition is opposing the U.S. Department of Labor's recent proposed change that would allow 16- and 17-year-old workers to operate power-drive patient lifts without training or supervision.

Goodwill Industries settles allegations of altering employee time records to avoid paying overtime

By Marian Johns | Dec 14, 2018

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Georgia-based Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire Inc., will pay more than $100,000 in back wages to settle claims by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that the thrift store chain manipulated employee time records.

Oregon delivery service to pay more than $3.2 million to settle pay violations

By Marian Johns | Nov 30, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon delivery service company has agreed to pay more than $3.2 million in wages and damages to settle charges by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) of failing to pay its couriers minimum wage and overtime pay.

Minnesota, Iowa restaurants to pay back wages to more than 100 current, former employees

By Marian Johns | Nov 30, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — Four restaurants in Minnesota and Iowa have reached a settlement with the federal government to resolve charges of minimum wage, overtime and records violations.

Louisiana electrical contractor charged by DOL for federal overtime law violations

By Marian Johns | Nov 30, 2018

NEW IBERIA — A Louisiana electrical contractor has agreed to pay over $240,000 in back wages to employees to resolve U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) claims of federal overtime law violations.

Tennesse court orders man charged with selling fake insurance products to pay $6 million, serve 14 months

By Marian Johns | Nov 30, 2018

NASHVILLE — A U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) investigation into a Tennessee resident's insurance embezzlement scheme has resulted in a 14 month prison sentence and more than $6 million in restitution by a U.S. District Court.

Labor Department alleges Pennsylvania restaurant failed to pay full minimum wage, overtime

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Pennsylvania restaurant in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for allegedly failing to pay servers a full federal minimum wage as well as overtime pay.

New Jersey supermarket owes more than $175,000 for alleged minimum wage violations

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A New Jersey supermarket has agreed to pay more $175,000 in employee lost wages and damages after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found violations of federal minimum wage and record-keeping laws.

Texas distribution company pays $244,000 in back wages for employees' 'pre-shift' work

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Texas distribution company did not pay its hourly employees for "pre-shift" work and failed to keep proper record keeping in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the U.S. Department of Labor alleges.

OSHA cites Dallas metal recycling company after employee crushed by stack of pipes

By Marian Johns | Nov 5, 2018

DALLAS — A Dallas-based metal recycling company has been cited by the federal government following the hospitalization of one its employees who was crushed by a stack of pipes.

Ohio manufacturing company managers indicted for alleged obstruction of workplace death probe

By Marian Johns | Nov 5, 2018

CLEVELAND — Two managers of an Ohio manufacturing company have been indicted by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio for their alleged attempts to obstruct a federal agency's investigation into the workplace death of a company worker.

Federal contractor to pay $2.8 million to resolve Labor Department charges

By Marian Johns | Nov 5, 2018

NEW YORK — More than 400 employees of Fedcap Rehabilitation Services Inc., a federal contractor, will receive restitution as part of a $2.8 million settlement to resolve the company's failure to pay the workers' required "fringe benefits" into their retirement accounts.

OSHA cites Florida farm after worker dies from lighting strike

By Marian Johns | Oct 30, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Florida farm has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after the death of a farm worker from a lighting strike.

Minnesota food service company to give back pay to female workers paid less than male counterparts

By Marian Johns | Oct 30, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Minnesota food service company accused of gender pay discrimination by the U.S. Department of Labor has agreed to pay $399,000 in back pay and interest to nearly 100 female employees at its Minnesota facility, according to the federal government.

Labor Department division reaches record $304 million in recovered wages for fiscal year

By Marian Johns | Oct 15, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has reached a record $304 million in recovered wages for fiscal year 2018 and has set a record for it educational outreach events relating to compliance assistance.

Louisiana temporary staffing company to pay $1.1 million for alleged pay violations

By Marian Johns | Oct 15, 2018

BATON ROUGE — A Louisiana-based temporary staffing company will pay more than $1 million in back wages to resolve charges by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that the company violated federal overtime and minimum wage laws for employees involved in post-Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

2 South Carolina Beach Bum stores to pay penalty for alleged overtime violations

By Marian Johns | Oct 15, 2018

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A South Carolina business will pay $63,568 in back wages and liquidated damages to its employees to resolve charges by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of overtime violations.

Labor Department accuses North Carolina landscaping company of visa program wage violations

By Marian Johns | Oct 15, 2018

CHARLOTTE — The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has charged a North Carolina landscaping company with H-2B temporary visa program and wage violations.

Machine operator fired for reporting on the job injuries to receive $100,000

By Marian Johns | Oct 15, 2018

MILWAUKEE — A machine operator employed by Wisconsin-based Dura-Fibre LLC has been awarded $100,000 in back wages by U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of Wisconsin to resolve charges the company fired the employee for reporting injuries to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Omnicare of Northern Illinois settles U.S. allegations it paid Asian workers less

By Marian Johns | Oct 15, 2018

CHICAGO — Omnicare of Northern Illinois has settled charges by the U.S. Department of Labor that the company paid it Asian pharmacy technicians less than their coworkers who were not of Asian heritage.

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