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Claim Against Luxury Jeweler Harry Winston
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Claim Against Luxury Jeweler Harry Winston

Justice Department Secures Relief for U.S. Army National Guard Reservist on Employment Discrimination Claim Against Luxury Jeweler Harry Winston (STL.News) The Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas announced today that they resolved a claim that luxury jeweler Harry Winston Inc. violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) by refusing to offer full-time employment to U.S. Army National Guard Reservist John A. Walker because of his military service obligations. “Discrimination against members of the National Guard or Reserve because of their service to our country is intolerable, violates the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, and the Department of Justice will not stand for...
US DOL Cites JBS Foods, Inc for failing to protect employees from exposure to COVID-19
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US DOL Cites JBS Foods, Inc for failing to protect employees from exposure to COVID-19

GREELEY, CO (STL.News) The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited JBS Foods Inc. in Greeley, Colorado, for failing to protect employees from exposure to the coronavirus.  OSHA proposed $15,615 in penalties. Based on a coronavirus-related inspection, OSHA cited the company – which operates as Swift Beef Company – for a violation of the general duty clause for failing to provide a workplace free from recognized hazards that can cause death or serious harm.  The penalty assessed for the general duty clause violation is the maximum allowed by law.  The company also failed to provide an authorized employee representative with injury and illness logs in a timely manner following OSHA’s May 2020 inspection. “Employers need to take appropriate a...
US DOL Partners with Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC to promote workplace safety at construction site
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US DOL Partners with Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC to promote workplace safety at construction site

BIRMINGHAM, AL (STL.News) The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established a strategic partnership with Brasfield & Gorrie LLC to promote worker safety and health at the Protective Stadium project site in Birmingham, Alabama.  The University of Alabama Safe State Consultation Program is also a signatory to this agreement and provides full support to ensuring worker safety. The partnership seeks to prevent injuries and exposure to hazards during construction of a new 45,000-seat, open-air stadium.  Under the agreement, the partners will focus on the use of personal protective equipment; heat illness prevention; fire protection and prevention; and hazards related to falls, struck-by and caught-in/between objects, electrical, hand and po...
Missouri Federal Contractor Agrees, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA, Inc. to Pay $379,089 to Resolve Wage Discrimination
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Missouri Federal Contractor Agrees, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA, Inc. to Pay $379,089 to Resolve Wage Discrimination

Missouri Federal Contractor Agrees, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA, Inc. to Pay $379,089 to Resolve Wage Discrimination found in U.S. Department of Labor Investigation ST. JOSEPH, MO (STL.News) After a compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. – a global pharmaceutical company and federal contractor – will pay $379,089 in back pay and interest to 75 female employees to resolve alleged wage discrimination at its St. Joseph, Missouri, facility. OFFCP alleges discrimination occurred in base compensation for female employees working as scientists, technicians and technical administrators in the production sub-area at the facility that manufactures biological animal vaccines. ...
US Department of Labor Jobs Report for June 2020
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US Department of Labor Jobs Report for June 2020

Better Than Expected Jobs Report for Month Ending June 2020 Washington, DC (STL.News) In the week ending June 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 1,427,000, a decrease of 55,000 from the previous week's revised level.  The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 1,480,000 to 1,482,000.  The 4-week moving average was 1,503,750, a decrease of 117,500 from the previous week's revised average.  The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 1,620,750 to 1,621,250. NOTE: this is NOT the complete report. CLICK to VIEW COMPLETE REPORT
US DOL Awards More Than $80 Million in Grants To Expand Registered Apprenticeship in 42 States, Territories
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US DOL Awards More Than $80 Million in Grants To Expand Registered Apprenticeship in 42 States, Territories

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News)  The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $80,639,041 in grants intended to support activities that improve states’ ability to serve, improve, and expand the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) model by strengthening the national apprenticeship system, promoting system alignment and partnership, and improving data sharing and data integrity. The “Building State Capacity to Expand Apprenticeship through Innovation” grants support statewide RAP expansion through a two-tiered funding system that provides states with maximum flexibility to address local apprenticeship needs while enhancing the focus on employer engagement, performance, and positive outcomes for apprentices. Administered by the Department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the Department ...
US DOL Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia Delivery Remarks on Coronavirus Response
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US DOL Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia Delivery Remarks on Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia delivered remarks at an event on June 15, 2020, featuring the launch of the final report of the Heritage Foundation’s National Coronavirus Recovery Commission. The speech included the following excerpts: “At the start of this year, Americans enjoyed a record-setting economy – though it wasn’t the economy the Congressional Budget Office had predicted back in the summer of 2016.  Back then, the CBO said that by February of this year, we’d have an unemployment rate of 5% and we’d have created 1.9 million jobs.  In fact, in February unemployment was 3.5% and our economy had created not 1.9 million jobs, but 7 million jobs since January 2017.  Wage growth had been at or above 3% for 19 straight months. “And as President Trump sa...
US DOL Recovers $15,385 in Wages After Huntsville, AL, Copeland Cleaners, Inc., Missed Payroll
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US DOL Recovers $15,385 in Wages After Huntsville, AL, Copeland Cleaners, Inc., Missed Payroll

HUNTSVILLE, AL (STL.News) After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Copeland Cleaners Inc. – a dry cleaning enterprise based in Huntsville, Alabama – has paid $15,385 in wages to 29 employees to resolve minimum wage violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD investigators determined Copeland Cleaners Inc. – operating as Copeland Cleaners and Wilson Cleaners at five Alabama locations in Huntsville and Hartselle – missed payroll and failed to pay its employees on time. “Employers must pay employees the wages they have earned for the hours they have worked.  This payment must occur on a worker’s scheduled payday and not when it is convenient for the employer,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Kenneth Stripling, in Birming...
US Department of Labor Issues Three New Wage and Hour Opinion Letters
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US Department of Labor Issues Three New Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) The U.S. Department of Labor today announced three new opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the person or entity that requested the letter. The opinion letters issued today are: FLSA2020-1: Addressing calculating overtime pay for a non-discretionary lump sum bonus paid at the end of a multi-week training period. FMLA2020-1-A: Addressing whether a combined general health district must count the employees of the county in which the health district is located for the purpose of determining FML...
US DOL Finds H-2A Complete II, Inc. Violated Guest Worker Visa Program Requirements in Florida
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US DOL Finds H-2A Complete II, Inc. Violated Guest Worker Visa Program Requirements in Florida

MIAMI, FL (STL.News) After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), H-2A Complete II Inc. – an H-2A staffing company providing workers in the Indian River and Highlands County areas of Florida and operating as H-2A Complete – has paid $47,154 in wages to 66 employees for violating requirements of the H-2A visa program. WHD investigators determined the Southaven, Mississippi-based employer provided only dinner to workers, forcing them to buy their own breakfast and lunch, which caused their out-of-pocket expenses to exceed the amount stated on the job order that the staffing company used to secure the workers.  The H-2A program requires employers to provide at least three meals per day at no more than the Department’s specified cost to employees. “A...
US Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia Sworn Into Office
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US Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia Sworn Into Office

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) – Following a White House swearing-in event Monday led by President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia released the following statement. “I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve in President Trump’s Administration and to lead this great Department where I worked nearly 20 years ago as Solicitor of Labor.  The Department has important responsibilities to further its mission and implement the President’s agenda to protect and strengthen the American workforce.  I am excited to get to work.”
DOL’s Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program Finds More Than $4M in Back Wages for 7,429 Employees
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DOL’s Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program Finds More Than $4M in Back Wages for 7,429 Employees

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) – The U.S. Department of Labor's Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program has put more than $4 million in back wages into the hands of 7,429 employees since the program began last year.  The Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), which administers this program, submitted a report today to the Senate Committee on Appropriations outlining PAID's performance to-date. That report confirms the program's efficiencies – the actions take half the time of other compliance actions but yield ten times the back wages for employees.  Since its launch in April 2018, self-audits concluded through PAID collected an average of more than four times what WHD found due for employees in a traditional investigation during that same time period.  Actions concluded und...
US Department of Labor cites tortilla company, Twins Twins, LLC for exposing employees to amputations after employee injury
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US Department of Labor cites tortilla company, Twins Twins, LLC for exposing employees to amputations after employee injury

Tortilla company, Twins Twins, LLC faces $81,682 in penalties for exposing employees to amputations at the company's facility in Labelle, Florida LABELLE, FL (STL.News) – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Twins Twins LLC for exposing employees to amputations at the company's facility in Labelle, Florida.  The tortilla company faces $81,682 in penalties. An employee suffered a partial finger amputation while attempting to service a tortilla machine.  OSHA inspectors determined that the company failed to establish lockout/tagout procedures to prevent unintentional start-up while performing machine maintenance; provide machine guarding; anchor a miter saw; and notify OSHA within 24 hours of the employee's hospitalization as required by ...
US Department of Labor Investigation Results in Syracuse, NY, Results in Paybacks, Damages
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US Department of Labor Investigation Results in Syracuse, NY, Results in Paybacks, Damages

Syracuse, New York Restaurants, Peppino's Neapolitan Express, Honey Cafe and Peppino's Pizzeria has paid $92,007 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 103 employees SYRACUSE, NY (STL.News) - After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), GV Foods Inc. has paid $92,007 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 103 current and former employees at its Syracuse, New York, restaurants – Peppino’s Neapolitan Express, Honey Cafe, and Peppino’s Pizzeria.  The investigation found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD investigators determined the employer violated the FLSA’s minimum wage requirements by requiring delivery drivers for whom they were claiming a tip credit to contribute to a tip pool that in...