Posts Tagged ‘Department of Labor’

Jun
2016
17

30 Down, 20 to Go: South Dakota Joins 29 Other States in Fight Against Misclassification

30 Down, 20 to Go: South Dakota Joins 29 Other States in Fight Against Misclassification
  The state of South Dakota has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) in order to combat the misclassification of workers as independent contractors.  The three-year agreement will allow the two parties to provide clear, accurate, and easy-to-access compliance information to employers,…
Jan
2016
13

DOL Highlights IBEW Member’s Apprenticeship Success Story Through Helmets to Hardhats Program

DOL Highlights IBEW Member's Apprenticeship Success Story Through Helmets to Hardhats Program
  The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) blog recently featured a success story from the Helmets to Hardhats program, which connects military veterans with opportunities to begin union apprenticeships and assist their transitions to civilian life. The USDOL blog story featured Timothy Loy, who served three years in the U.S. Army, including one…
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Dec
2015
18

CT Whistleblower Case Has Workers Breathing Easy Following Exposure to Inhalation Hazards

CT Whistleblower Case Has Workers Breathing Easy Following Exposure to Inhalation Hazards
  The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a complaint against a Connecticut-based retractable awning manufacturer for illegally terminating two employees after they filed safety and health complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  The owner of Eastern Awning Systems Inc., Stephen Lukos, could face a jury trial…
Sep
2015
10

State Auditor: VT Misclassification Task Force Has Met TWICE Since 2012

State Auditor: VT Misclassification Task Force Has Met TWICE Since 2012
  In Vermont, a scathing new report from State Auditor Doug Hoffer shows that state agencies are not doing enough to fight employee misclassification despite legislation and task forces aimed at combatting the problem.  The report reveals that state laws are not being properly enforced, subcontractors are not being vetted to ensure they have…
Aug
2015
20

Nail Salon Crackdown Expands to CT; 23 of 25 Randomly Selected Shops Closed for Violations

Nail Salon Crackdown Expands to CT; 23 of 25 Randomly Selected Shops Closed for Violations
  A Department of Labor Wage and Workplace Standards Division investigation into 25 nail salons in Connecticut resulted in 23 closures due to wage violations.  State Labor Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer reported that the state recovered more than $62,000 owed to employees, mostly for minimum wage violations.  Palmer indicated that the state…
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
20

Worker Win: DOL Adopts Broader Definition of “Employee” for Misclassification Cases

Worker Win: DOL Adopts Broader Definition of
  The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has issued a new 15-page guidance aimed at employers who try to get away with misclassifying employees as independent contractors.  Under the guidance, most workers would be classified as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  David Weil, head of the DOL’s Wage and…
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…
Jun
2015
29

CT Gov Signs Law Making Employers Pay Back Double the Wages They Steal

CT Gov Signs Law Making Employers Pay Back Double the Wages They Steal
  A Connecticut law was signed by Governor Dan Malloy last week which will require employers to pay double damages when a court finds them guilty of wage theft.  Previously, this was allowable under Connecticut law but was left to the discretion of the court.  The law allows an exception to the double penalty if [&hellip…;
Apr
2015
28

Now You LLC Me, Now You Don’t: Shady Web of AZ, UT Wage Theft and Misclassification Uncovered

Now You LLC Me, Now You Don't: Shady Web of AZ, UT Wage Theft and Misclassification Uncovered
After a five-year investigation of the illegal business practices of 16 defendants in Utah and Arizona, more than 1,000 construction workers will receive over $600,000 in back pay.  In their announcement, the U.S. Department of Labor said that consent judgements from the defendants, operating collectively as CSG Workforce Partners, Universal…
Jan
2015
7

DOL Wage Enforcer: Extent of Labor Violations in the U.S. is “Jaw Dropping”

DOL Wage Enforcer: Extent of Labor Violations in the U.S. is
  In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, the nation’s top wage-law enforcer, David Weil, said that “jaw dropping” labor violations demand tougher action.  Weil heads the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, which is responsible for getting companies to abide by basic labor laws.  He touched on employee…
Nov
2014
17

NH Joins National Misclassification Crackdown; GA, Others Sit Out with Mixed Results

NH Joins National Misclassification Crackdown; GA, Others Sit Out with Mixed Results
  The New Hampshire Department of Labor has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Labor, which aims to crack down on the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  The agreement will allow the two parties to share information and coordinate law enforcement.  Misclassification hurts both…