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SUGAR HILL, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signed a strategic partnership with Choate Construction Co. and the Associated General Contractors of Georgia to promote worker safety and health at the Dogwood Forest at Sugar Hill project site in Sugar Hill, Georgia.
NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor has executed a region wide corporate settlement agreement with Target Corp. to correct exit access and storage hazards and enhance worker safety at about 200 of the retailer’s stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Between May and December 2019, the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited eight Target locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York for numerous violations involving blocked or obstructed access to emergency exits and fire exit routes and/or unsafe storage of materials in stores’ backrooms and storage areas. Target Corp. initially contested its citations but with this settlement, it will pay $464,750 in penalties and imple.
LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, KS – Leavenworth County, Kansas has agreed to pay an employee $4,998 in back wages after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) determined the employer wrongly denied the employee’s request for paid leave to care for their child whose school closed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
WEST COVINA, CA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Genesis Floor Covering Inc. – a flooring contractor in Santa Fe Springs, California – will pay $99,624 to 73 employees for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime requirements.
HARTFORD, CT – The University of Connecticut will pay $249,539 to resolve alleged pay discrimination at its Storrs, Connecticut, campus following a routine compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). OFCCP found that the public university and federal contractor discriminated against five female employees in Specialist IA and Specialist IIA positions by paying them less than similarly situated male employees in their corresponding department.
FAIRBANKS, ALASKA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Alaska Commercial Company – an employer operating 33 grocery and general merchandise stores throughout Alaska – has been assessed $20,490 in civil penalties for widespread child labor violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD investigators found that the Anchorage, Alaska-based company employed 30 minors – ages 14 and 15 – in violation of the time standards set by the FLSA.
HOUSTON, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a conciliation agreement with The American Bottling Company – operating as Southwest Fountain Supply Company – to resolve alleged hiring discrimination at the Houston, Texas, facility. A compliance evaluation by the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found that beginning in 2012, American Bottling systemically discriminated against female and Black applicants for full-time merchandiser and loader positions; and beginning in 2013, systemically discriminated against African American applicants for part-time merchandiser positions.
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) had the best year for compliance assistance and the second highest year for monetary settlements for fiscal year (FY) 2020. OFCCP is dedicated to its important mission of ensuring equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination in employment for the approximately 25 percent of the American workforce employed by federal contractors.
LEXINGTON, KY – After a joint investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and the IRS, U.S. District Court Judge Karen K. Caldwell sentenced two Kentucky healthcare companies’ executives to prison and ordered them to pay $1,595,725 in restitution. The court sentenced former Chief Executive Officer Ann Sonderman Giles and former Chief Financial Officer Lu Anne Wallace of Kentucky-registered companies including GW Management Inc., Clark Medical Ventures LLC, Madison Primary Care LLC, Paragon Kentucky LLC and Primary Care of the Bluegrass LLC, for defrauding the U.S. Giles received a sentence of 30 months in prison and 36 months of supervised release, and former chief financial officer Lu An.
WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic. Reopening America’s Economy:. U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Highlights Workforce Development in Pennsylvania – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where he joined Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) and Congressman Glenn "G.T." Thompson (PA-15) to highlight workforce development at JWF Industries, where they met with company leadership and apprentices.
LOUISVILLE, KY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), 4Bright Management LLC – operator of three Louisville, Kentucky-based McDonald’s franchise locations – will pay a civil money penalty of $16,994 for violating child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD investigators determined 4Bright Management violated child labor requirements by employing 14- and 15-year-olds to work outside of legally approved hours and for more hours than allowed by law.
NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has ordered the trustees of four benefit plans for United Derrickmen & Riggers Association, Local Union 197, in Long Island City, New York, to restore $475,000 to the plans, pay a $95,000 penalty to the U.S. Department of Labor and take other corrective actions to resolve violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
ATLANTA, GA – Windsor Over Peachtree – based in Atlanta, Georgia – has paid $1,153 in back wages to an employee after the condominium company wrongly denied emergency paid sick leave to the employee, who was unable to work while caring for a child when the family’s day care facility closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found that Windsor Over Peachtree violated the provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) by denying the paid sick leave.
In the week ending October 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 898,000, an increase of 53,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 5,000 from 840,000 to 845,000. The 4-week moving average was 866,250, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,250 from 857,000 to 858,250. Read the full release.
LOUISVILLE, KY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky entered a consent order and judgment against the Kentucky Bankers Association (KBA), Participating Employer Committee (PEC), Association Healthcare Consortium Inc., and the current and former trustees of the Kentucky Bankers Association Health and Welfare Benefit Program and the KBA Benefits Trust holding them jointly and severally liable to pay $1,561,818 in losses to the Trust.
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor released the following statement:. This afternoon, doctors confirmed that U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia’s wife, Trish, tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Mrs. Scalia is experiencing mild symptoms but doing well. This evening, Secretary Scalia received a test and the results were negative; he has experienced no symptoms. The Secretary and Mrs. Scalia will follow the advice of health professionals for Trish’s recovery and the health of those around them. For the time being, the Secretary will work from home while continuing to carry out the mission of the Department and the President’s agenda.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor and Comcast Corp. – headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – have entered into a conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of pay discrimination against African American and Hispanic employees identified by the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The agreement follows a routine corporate management compliance evaluation conducted by OFCCP.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where he visited the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors to meet with apprentices. Earlier in the day, Secretary Scalia joined Congressmen John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) and Glenn “G.T.” Thompson (PA-15) at JWF Industries in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to highlight workforce development and economic recovery. “I was pleased to visit and learn more today about the Independent Electrical Contractors’ work to help men and women develop the skills needed to secure high-paying jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “Apprenticeships are a necessary tool to power through our economic recovery and get American.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia traveled to Steubenville, Ohio, where he delivered remarks at Franciscan University of Steubenville to commemorate Columbus Day as well as America’s national heritage. The speech included the following excerpts:. "Through the centuries, Columbus came to represent the spirit of adventure and discovery that we associate with America—our faith in our capacity to seek and find something new and better.

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