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Headlines From The Labor Advocate (U.S. DOL)

Published by on December 6, 2007

The DOL released its quarterly publication The Labor Advocate.  The following are headlines in this issue (with our comments).  Worth noting are the $1 million overtime settlement and the $4.5 million court award for independent contractors misclassified as employees. U.S. Labor Department Recovers Nearly $1 Million in Back Wages for Hurricane Katrina Workers (A substantial […]

The DOL released its quarterly publication The Labor AdvocateThe following are headlines in this issue (with our comments).  Worth noting are the $1 million overtime settlement and the $4.5 million court award for independent contractors misclassified as employees.

  • U.S. Labor Department Recovers Nearly $1 Million in Back Wages for Hurricane Katrina Workers

(A substantial portion of the money recovered for Katrina workers was unpaid overtime for hours worked over 40 in a work week.)

  • Court Orders Southern California Home Cleaning Business to Pay More Than $4.5 Million in Back Wages and Liquidated Damages

(The employer in this case misclassified some 385 home and carpet cleaning workers as independent contractors.  The damage award was for unpaid minimum wages and overtime compensation.  The award includes $3,467,789 in back wages, plus $1,058,973 in liquidated damages for a “willful” violation of the FLSA.)

  • U.S. Department of Labor Announces Grant Exceeding $1.2 Million to Assist Rhode Island Workers
  • Consent Order Restores $3.5 Million, Appoints Independent Fiduciaries and Replaces Most Trustees of Plumbers Local 38 Employee Benefit Plans
  • U.S. Labor Department Awards $10.1 Million for Safety and Health Training Grants
  • More Than 16,000 Veterans to Benefit from $27 Million in Job Training Grants
  • U.S. Department of Labor Releases $44.1 Million to States for Trade Adjustment Assistance
  • Secretary Chao Pays Tribute to Houston Port Workers
  • Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Pays Visit to IUPAT Training Center in New Orleans

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