Posts Tagged ‘ U.S. Department of Labor ’

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Sunbelt Forest Products After Fatal Accident

May 27th, 2022

A 45-year-old worker at Sunbelt Forest Products died after a forklift struck her as she walked across the Athens, Ala., lumber shipping yard on Nov. 15, 2021. The subsequent U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation has resulted in a citation levied against the company, which is now facing the possibility of fines […]

South Carolina Could be Third in the Southeast to End Subminimum Wage

May 13th, 2022

Joint resolution (S.533), a bill to end subminimum wage in South Carolina, recently went to the floor of the House of Representatives following a favorable report with amendment from the Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee. South Carolina could become the third state in the Southeast, following North Carolina and Tennessee, and the fourteenth state in […]

US Department of Labor to Hire 100 Investigators to Support Its Wage and Hour Division’s Compliance Efforts

Feb 22nd, 2022

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that its Wage and Hour Division will hire 100 investigators to its team as it strengthens support of enforcement efforts, including the protection of workers’ wages, migrant and seasonal workers, rights to family and medical leave and prevailing wage requirements for workers on federal contracts. The […]

Ohio Certifies Training in Trade Skills for Residential Construction

Mar 12th, 2021

The Home Builders Institute (HBI) recently announced that its curriculum for construction trade skills has been approved as an industry recognized certification by the State of Ohio. As a result, the state’s secondary schools can apply for a special grant program to support residential construction trade skills programs for the first time. The grants are […]

Workplace Accident Penalties Increase This Month

Jan 26th, 2021

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s website, the penalties an employer could face in the wake of serious workplace violation have increased. Accounting for inflation, infractions that fall under the designation “Serious Other-Than-Serious Posting Requirements” will run up to (but no more than) $13,653 per violation, and failing to […]

Department of Labor Issues Guidance on FLSA Compliance

Jan 12th, 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor announced two opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The documents, written by the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), address how a particular law applies in specific circumstances. · FLSA2020-19: Addresses whether certain travel time occurring on a partial telework day is […]

How OSHA Is Addressing an Increase in Citations Related to COVID-19

Dec 1st, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is rising rapidly and so is the number of citations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) related to the coronavirus. From the beginning of the pandemic through November 12, OSHA issued 232 citations with $3,148,452 in penalties. Of those citations, […]

Survey Shows Employers Ready to Assume the Onus for Home Office Upgrades

Nov 13th, 2020

While recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor statistics shows the number of employees working from home decreased in October, according to a recent survey, going forward nearly 25% of organizations expect 75% or more of their workforces to work remotely three or more days per week. Only 5% of companies report that they […]

Employment Figures Steadily Improve but Lean Toward Part-Time Work

Nov 11th, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor released its latest employment figures last week, showing a steady upward trajectory for jobs added and a downward trend for unemployment claims. October posted a gain of 638,000 jobs among nonfarm payroll and after six months of steady—albeit slow—improvement, unemployment reached 6.9%. Even with those improvements, unemployment remains nearly three […]

NAHB/CISC Guidance Implores Vigilance on Jobsites but Continued Work

Jul 23rd, 2020

As the U.S. continues to fight the spread of COVID-19 and door and window companies grapple with physical distancing in the workplace, matters can be more complicated on jobsites where installers rub elbows with other companies and trades. Officials for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) implored jobsite workers to practice safety and vigilance […]

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