Posts Tagged ‘DOL’

Dec
2016
6

DOL Wants to Fast-Track Appeal of New Overtime Rule Injunction, Avoid Certain Post-Trump Fate

DOL Wants to Fast-Track Appeal of New Overtime Rule Injunction, Avoid Certain Post-Trump Fate
  Late last month, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking alterations to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) from taking effect. The changes, issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) at the direction of President Obama, would have made millions of American workers eligible for overtime pay. Judge Amos L....
Oct
2016
19

Perez Slams Workers Comp System: “Federal Gov’t Has Basically Abdicated any Responsibility.”

Perez Slams Workers Comp System:
  A new report from the Department of Labor describes the current state of workers’ compensation laws as a “race to the bottom.” The report, released earlier this month, suggests workers injured on the job are “at great risk of falling into poverty” because state compensation programs have become grossly inadequate....
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Oct
2016
5

DOL: $4.8M in Prevailing Wage, Overtime Violations by I.C.E. Subcontractor

DOL: $4.8M in Prevailing Wage, Overtime Violations by I.C.E. Subcontractor
  New Jersey’s Essex County and Community Education Center Inc. (CEC) is among the largest re-entry and in-prison treatment service providers in the United States. And now it owes $4.8 million in back wages and benefits to over 100 detention officers at Delaney Hall Center in Newark. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) cited the county...
Aug
2016
25

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall

EO Aimed at Disclosure of Federal Contractor Labor Violations Could See Light of Day this Fall
  Back in 2014, President Obama issued an executive order (EO) requiring contractors to disclose past labor violations when bidding on federal contracts. This week, his administration plans to release the final regulations that will finally put that order into effect: Under a proposed guidance from the Labor Department and a...
Aug
2016
8

DOL Settles with MA Construction Firms for $2.4M Over 478 Misclassified, Underpaid Workers

DOL Settles with MA Construction Firms for $2.4M Over 478 Misclassified, Underpaid Workers
  The Department of Labor has landed a $2.4 million settlement with Massachusetts construction firms Force Corp. and AB Construction Group Inc. The case involved the misclassification of a whopping 478 workers and the denial of overtime pay and other benefits. DOL pursued the companies for compensating their employees with a combination of...
Jul
2016
11

Persuader? I Hardly Know Her: TX Judge Blocks DOL’s Union-Buster Transparency Rule Days Before Implementation

Persuader? I Hardly Know Her: TX Judge Blocks DOL's Union-Buster Transparency Rule Days Before Implementation
  It appears some are not persuaded by the Department of Labor’s “Persuader rule.” Texas U.S. District Court Judge Sam R. Cummings granted an injunction that blocked the new law just three days before its implementation date. Adopted earlier this year by the Department of Labor, the law was scheduled to take effect on...
Apr
2016
22

Unholy Mole: SC Restaurant Chain to Pay $1.2M in Backpay, Penalties for Years of Wage Abuse

Unholy Mole: SC Restaurant Chain to Pay $1.2M in Backpay, Penalties for Years of Wage Abuse
  A judge has ordered the owners of the La Hacienda restaurant chain to pay a whopping $1,179,045 in back wages and penalties to 119 employees that the company systematically cheated out of wages between 2011 and 2014.  In his ruling, Judge C. Weston Houck also forced the company to formally acknowledge that they will [&hellip...
Aug
2015
3

$400K Penalty Issued for Child Labor Violations in Utah; Polygamist Sect May Be to Blame

$400K Penalty Issued for Child Labor Violations in Utah; Polygamist Sect May Be to Blame
  A southern Utah company has been fined nearly $400,000 by the Department of Labor (DOL) for using child labor on construction sites.  Hildale, Utah based Reliance Electric Inc. used eight children on projects in Utah and Oklahoma, five of which were not paid any wages.  The DOL found that the company also underpaid 56 [&hellip...
Jul
2015
8

Robbery Lobby: Home Builders Successfully Strip DOL of $10M Intended to Fight Misclassification

Robbery Lobby: Home Builders Successfully Strip DOL of $10M Intended to Fight Misclassification
  In a troubling decision, the House and Senate Labor, Health, and Human Services subcommittees have stripped $10 million in funding from the 2016 federal budget, money that is vital to the Department of Labor’s effort to fighting employee misclassification. The money would have provided grants to state governments attempting to crack...
Apr
2015
30

Visa Vie: DOL, DHS Issue Another Interim Final Rule for H-2B Guest Worker Definitions, Protections

Visa Vie: DOL, DHS Issue Another Interim Final Rule for H-2B Guest Worker Definitions, Protections
    The Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have issued an interim final rule concerning H-2B visas, which will provide additional protections to both U.S. and foreign workers.  The new rule sets the methodology for determining prevailing wages for H-2B workers based on the Occupational Employment...
Dec
2014
16

“The Other 4-Year Degree”: DOL Announces $100M in Apprenticeship Grants

  The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially announced that it will make available $100 million in grants to help registered apprenticeship programs expand their training.  The grants are specifically aimed at helping boost programs in high skill industries such as healthcare, biotechnology, information technology and advanced...
Oct
2014
27

Tech Co. Found Paying Indian Workers Lowest Wage DOL Has Ever Seen, Gets Measly $3500 Fine

  A California tech company has been fined and ordered to pay back wages after an investigation by the Department of Labor (DOL) showed Indian workers had been paid a despicable $1.21 an hour for 120-hour work weeks.  The company hired Indian workers to assist with Information Technology (IT) services and paid them their regular [&hellip...