Federal agency probes worker death at Mississippi plant
LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a worker at a Mississippi manufacturing...
Firm fined $35K for housing farmworkers in filthy conditions
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A company in Silverton and its housing provider must pay $35,000 in penalties after an inspection found migrant farmworkers housed in filthy, rodent-infested quarters.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday that its inspectors found families in "dilapidated, trash strewn housing" at the facility.
2 Oklahoma companies in trafficking lawsuit settle pay claim
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Oklahoma companies accused in a federal human trafficking lawsuit of underpaying immigrant workers have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor.
Denver schools apologizes for warning to visa teachers
DENVER (AP) — Denver Public Schools is apologizing for saying that teachers working on visas would be reported to the federal government if they went on strike.
DC mayor seeks to offer unemployment to unpaid fed workers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The mayor of Washington, D.C., says she is introducing emergency legislation to allow federal District employees working without pay to file for unemployment benefits.
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser told news outlets Tuesday that the legislation may circumvent the U.S. Department of Labor's declaration that only furloughed workers are eligible for unemployment benefits.
Newsom meets with California TSA agents, pledges support
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom says California will offer unemployment benefits to federal employees working without pay during the government shutdown despite guidance saying it's not allowed.
Newsom met TSA workers Thursday at the Sacramento airport. He announced last week that Californians employed by the federal government could get benefits.
Rhode Island unemployment rate matches national rate
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's unemployment rate of 3.9 percent in December was up slightly from November but down significantly from the 4.5 percent rate in December 2017.
The state's Department of Labor and Training also announced Thursday the December 2018 rate matches the national unemployment rate.
The department says the number of jobs in the state was up 2,200 from November, and up 7,100 from a year ago.
Fed agency says Alabama firm owes $57K in wages, benefits
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor says a roofing company based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, owes dozens of workers a total of about $57,000 in back wages, overtime and benefits.
North Carolina restaurant fined over wage, child labor laws
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina restaurant has been fined by federal officials who say it violated minimum wage and child labor laws.
The U.S. Department of Labor announced in a news release that Max's Pizza in Surf City was fined $14,287 for violating requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Maine gov.-elect taps former labor chief
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor-elect says she is nominating a former labor commissioner to be the new chief of the Maine Department of Labor.
Democrat Janet Mills says Laura Fortman, of Nobleboro will bring more than two decades of experience in the state and federal labor departments.
Regulators proposes fine for dairy where worker fatally hurt
CLEARWATER, Neb. (AP) — Federal safety regulators are proposing to fine a northeast Nebraska dairy where an employee was fatally injured .
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a news release Monday that Thiele Dairy, in Clearwater, didn't develop and implement safety programs related to grain bin entry. The company faces penalties totaling nearly $79,000.
Democratic AGs oppose proposed rule change on patient lifts
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is leading a coalition of 12 fellow Democratic attorneys general in opposing a rule change proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor that they say would let young people operate power-driven patient lifts without training or supervision.
Healey said Tuesday the change would endanger the health and safety of young workers and residents in health care facilities.
Meat producer agrees to $4M payment to settle labor claims
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. branch of the world's largest meat producer will pay $4 million in back wages and other monetary relief as part of a consent decree settling allegations by federal labor officials.
Restaurant owner sentenced for claiming to pay minimum wage
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The owner of a suburban Kansas City restaurant was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for falsely claiming he was paying his workers minimum wage.
U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister announced Tuesday that 39-year-old Yong Lin, of Overland Park, was sentenced for falsifying records submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Farm cited, faces fines in worker’s lightning death
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Officials say the farm that employed a Florida woman fatally struck by lightning has been cited for failing to protect workers.
Judge rules against polygamous firm in child labor case
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge on Monday sided with the U.S. Department of Labor against a company with ties to a polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border, finding the company changed its name in a bid to defy an order to stop using child labor.
U.S. District Judge David Nuffer said evidence showed Paragon Contractors Corp. changed its name to Par 2 Contractors and hired underage workers for construction jobs in 2015 and 2016.
OSHA cites steel supply company after worker fatally injured
MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Federal officials say a steel supply company in Ohio where an employee was fatally injured has been cited for allegedly failing to protect workers from tip-over hazards.
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Judge orders UTA to reinstate whistleblower, pay back wages
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Transit Authority illegally fired a transit planner for warning the agency that it was violating safety rules, according to a new federal ruling.
U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge Lee Romero Jr. issued the order Aug. 13, requiring the agency to reinstate J. Michael Clara to his former position and pay him back wages, as well as $10,000 in compensatory damages.
Clara said he believes that adds up to some $300,000.
Former US labor secretary to keynote conference
CINCINNATI (AP) — A former U.S. Department of Labor secretary for the Clinton administration is scheduled to deliver the main address at a conference in Cincinnati.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The federal government has approved Gov. Paul LePage's plan to direct more federal funding to job training in the state, according to a state labor official's email obtained by The Associated Press.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Six states are sharing more than $22 million in federal grants to help people recovering from opioid addiction get back to work.
The U.S. Department of Labor is providing the money under the National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker grant program. The grants range in among from $1.2 million for Alaska to $5 million for New Hampshire. Pennsylvania, Washington, Rhode Island and Maryland also are getting money.
Federal program to help employers with tough hires
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Career Center has a new plan to help employers hire hard-to-place applicants, such as those with substance abuse problems or a criminal record.
The center is offering a $5,000, six-month fidelity bond through a U.S. Department of Labor program.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says two Rhode Island organizations will receive about $600,000 to help homeless veterans get jobs.
Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, said Friday that Operation Stand Down Rhode Island and Veterans, Inc. will both receive competitive federal grants from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide occupational training, job placement assistance and other employment services.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A pair of New Hampshire congresswomen says the U.S. Department of Labor is providing more than $200,000 to help with employment services for homeless veterans.
Democratic Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster say the money is going to Easterseals NH from the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. They say the money will help local agencies and nonprofit groups like Easterseals provide services such as on-the-job training and apprenticeships.
PHOENIX (AP) — Federal Department of Labor officials say an Arizona restaurant must pay more than $158,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 94 employees.
They say the Teharu Sushi restaurant also has been assessed nearly $21,000 in civil penalties.
A U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation revealed overtime and record-keeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Federal officials say 13 workers left stranded without pay or transportation in the U.S. Virgin Islands after helping with hurricane recovery efforts have received their wages.
The U.S. Department of Labor said Wednesday that Alabama contractor KW Construction Work Inc. paid the Texas-based employees a total of $14,857 owed.
Popular local chain pays back wages to 65 employees
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor has led a popular local chain to pay thousands in back wages to several employees to resolve overtime violations.
The agency says Tuesday that Clover Fast Food Inc. and owner Ayr Muir have paid $79,338 in back wages and liquidated damages to 65 employees.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — The federal government has cited a Massachusetts blasting company for its role in a Rhode Island quarry blast that injured two workers and damaged nearby buildings.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is preparing to regulate a new health insurance option offered by Republican President Trump's administration, citing concerns the plans may not be financially solvent and may leave consumers vulnerable to fraud.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Six restaurants in West Virginia and Ohio have been ordered to pay $111,000 in back pay and damages to 27 workers for minimum wage and overtime violations.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's newly revamped workforce training cabinet has received the green light from U.S. Department of Labor.
A waiver granted last week will allow the Workforce Cabinet to continue receiving millions in federal funding for the job training programs despite the changes Holcomb implemented.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Nearly 900 employees who will be laid off by the planned closure of an Electrolux plant in central Minnesota will have access to additional help.
The U.S. Department of Labor has approved a petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance that will provide workers with long-term training and support when the St. Cloud plant shutters next year.
GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) — Federal labor officials say a Kentucky farmer has been disciplined for failing to properly pay foreign workers.
The U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday that Christopher Lee Smith has been barred from applying for certification to request temporary foreign workers under visa program for three years. He also has been fined more than $35,000.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana bakery has been ordered to pay $127,128 in back wages to 43 employees to settle overtime and record-keeping violations.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hours Division on Thursday, Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery, Inc. of New Orleans was ordered to make the payments.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California company that federal officials say violated salary requirements of the country's foreign-worker visa program will pay a total of $173,044 to 12 workers, the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday.
The Labor Department said information technology provider Cloudwick Technologies Inc. underpaid the employees hired from India who obtained special highly skilled worker visas. The department says Cloudwick also made illegal payroll deductions.
LEACHVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Federal labor officials say an Arkansas company has paid nearly $709,000 to settle overtime and minimum wage claims stemming from the cleanup of Louisiana floods in 2016.
The U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday that Wallace, Rush, Schmidt Inc. had failed to pay 1,393 workers for weeks. The workers had gone to the Baton Rouge area and other Louisiana worksites after prolonged rains triggered floods.
Flagstaff painting company to settle labor violations
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Flagstaff painting company has been ordered to pay more than $200,000 in back wages for dozens of employees.
The U.S. Department of Labor announced Wednesday that an investigation determined Major League Painting Inc. committed several overtime and record-keeping violations.
According to the department, the commercial and residential painting contractor neglected to pay 70 employees time-and-a-half for overtime hours as required by law.
CHICAGO – Self Help Enterprises has lost certification that allows the organization to pay disabled workers less than the federal minimum wage.
Report: Unsecure wall killed miner in West Virginia
PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — A federal report says the wall that crushed a miner to death in West Virginia earlier this year wasn't properly supported.
Murphy says labor secretary committed to visiting eastern CT to see manufacturing training program
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., says U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is taking him up on his offer to see firsthand a program that has been set up in eastern Connecticut to train workers for jobs with Electric Boat and other manufacturers.
US: Company pays $1.15M in back wages in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal officials say a Louisiana fuel distribution company involved in hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico has complied with orders to pay $1.15 million in back wages to 219 workers.
The U.S. Department of Labor said Wednesday that Macro Companies Inc. was accused of violating federal overtime, fringe benefits and record keeping provisions. Officials said the Broussard-based company paid workers a fixed salary every day regardless of the number of hours worked.
The Veterans' Employment and Training Service announced Friday that roughly $12 million in grants is available to help homeless veterans find housing and jobs.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage wants more federal funds used to help unemployed Mainers shifted to job training, a move some local labor officials say would take money from individualized career counseling, hurting vulnerable job seekers.
Governor signs Indiana workforce development bills
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed workforce development legislation that he believes will help Indiana tackle its shortage of trained workers.
The two bills signed Wednesday were a top priority for Holcomb and Republican lawmakers.
The measures will create a new 21-member board to oversee the state's job training programs, while broadening eligibility requirements for some worker training grants.
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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The owner of some 100 local car washes and gas stations in Southern California has been charged with failing to pay minimum wage and overtime to some 700 workers.
The U.S. Department of Labor issued a news release Feb. 27 indicating it had filed suit against Sakuma Bros. Farms for committing violations on a foreign worker visa program.