U.S. Department of Labor News

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.

Reliance Trust to pay $4.5 million in restitution for employee stock ownership plan irregularities

By Marian Johns | Oct 9, 2018

RALEIGH — An Atlanta trust company will pay $4.5 million in restitution to an employee stock ownership plan, according to a consent judgment issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

12-state attorneys general coalition seeks to block new association health plans rule

By Marian Johns | Sep 3, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the latest to join a 12-state coalition filing an expedited judgment in an effort to block the Trump administration's rule that would allow nationwide employers to group together in Association Health Plans (AHPs).

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.S. Department of Labor investigation results in Miami School Payimg $636.269 to 461 Employees for Wage Violations

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School of Miami, Florida, will pay $635,269 to 461 employees for violations of the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) found in a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation.

California joins 12-state coalition opposing U.S. Labor Department over AHP changes

By Marian Johns | Aug 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California has become the latest state to join a 12-state coalition filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor for a new regulation that allows employers to group together as Associated Health Plans (AHPs).

Vermont prepares for Association Health Plans regulations

By Marian Johns | Jul 11, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vermont — The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) will file emergency regulations as part of the U.S Department of Labor's (DOL) final rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs) in an effort to ensure the regulations will be in place when AHPs are offered in the state.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: Michigan Ski Resort to Pay $60,500 in back wages and penalties for violations of foreign visa program and child labor laws

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor has found Michigan ski resort Ski Brule Inc. in violation of the labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program and the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) after an investigation by the Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.S. Department of Labor investigation results in San Diego Restaurant paying penalties for Child Labor Violations

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

A San Diego Chuck E. Cheese restaurant will pay $3,928 in penalties after investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the restaurant employed minors in violation of the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

W. Virginia company ordered to pay $817,902 for alleged FLSA violation

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

WHEELING. W. Va. — The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has ordered a Bridgeport company and its owner to pay $817,902 in back wages and damages stemming from an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

Delta Faucet reaches settlement with Department of Labor for alleged FMLA violations

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. — The U.S Department of Labor has reached a settlement with Delta Faucet Co., for allegations the company violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by firing an employee for taking time off to care for a family member.

California alleges federal PAID program undermines states' labor agencies

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newline) —California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 11 that he has joined a coalition of 10 other attorneys general in urging the U.S. Labor Department to condemn the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) pilot program.

Department of Labor extends transition period for exemptions in fiduciary rule

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 4, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Labor announced Nov. 27 that it will extend the special transition period for the fiduciary rule’s best interest contract exemption and the principal transactions exemption.

DOL officially puts Obama administration’s fiduciary rule on hold for 18 months

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 30, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday it finalized plans to extend the transition period for full implementation from Jan. 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019.

Minn. judge issues injunction against DOL’s fiduciary rule, also grants stay

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 7, 2017

Judge Susan Richard Nelson for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, in her order last week, said an “actual, ongoing controversy” exists between plaintiff Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Watchdog group sues DOL for records related to rollback of fiduciary rule

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 2, 2017

American Oversight, which was formed in March to serve as a check on the Trump administration, claims the U.S. Department of Labor has failed to respond to a July Freedom of Information Act request.

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