Latest U.S. Department of Labor News

Workers to spilt $600,000 after SC tip pool ruled illegal

May. 15, 2022 09:56 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A restaurant in South Carolina has been ordered to pay more than $600,000 to nearly 100 workers who were forced to share their tips, the U.S. Department of Labor has ruled. The tip pool at 167 Raw in Charleston was an illegal arrangement that violated the...

Asian shares track technology-led sell-off on Wall Street

May. 12, 2022 00:15 AM EDT

Shares fell in Asia on Thursday after the release of worse inflation data than expected sparked heavy selling of technology stocks on Wall Street. Hong Kong’s benchmark dipped 1.5% in early trading following the arrests of several prominent democracy advocates, including a retired...

More Americans apply for jobless aid last week

May. 05, 2022 08:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week but the total number of people collecting jobless aid is at its lowest level in more than 50 years. Jobless claims in the U.S. rose by 19,000 to 200,000 for the week ending April 30, the Labor Department...

Michigan waives repayment of $431M more unemployment checks

May. 04, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Over 55,000 more claimants won’t have to pay back unemployment overpayments totaling $431 million from the Michigan unemployment agency during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state announced Wednesday. The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has to date waived...

LinkedIn settles with U.S. over alleged pay discrimination

May. 03, 2022 18:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The career-networking service LinkedIn has agreed to pay $1.8 million in back wages to hundreds of female workers to settle a pay discrimination complaint brought by U.S. labor investigators. The U.S. Labor Department announced Tuesday that it has reached a...

Fewer Americans file for jobless claims last week

Apr. 28, 2022 08:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell again last week with numbers still at historically low levels. Jobless claims in the U.S. declined by 5,000 to 180,000 for the week ending April 23, the Labor Department reported Thursday. First-time...

Bitcoin in 401(k) becomes reality for more, despite warnings

Apr. 26, 2022 11:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More workers may soon be able to stake some of their 401(k) retirement savings to bitcoin, as cryptocurrencies crack even deeper into the mainstream. Retirement giant Fidelity said Tuesday that it’s launched a way for workers to put some of their 401(k) savings...

2 restaurants to pay $890K in back wages, damages to workers

Apr. 25, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Two restaurants in New Hampshire have agreed to pay more than $890,000 in back wages and damages to 63 employees to resolve federal labor violation allegations. The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division investigation found La Carreta-Derry Inc....

US agency mulls yanking Arizona's work safety oversight

Apr. 20, 2022 19:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona may lose the authority to oversee its own workplace safety program because of a pattern of ignoring federal directives involving COVID-19 protection, employer penalties and other issues, the Biden administration said Wednesday. The U.S. Department of...

Producer prices surge 11.2% in March on higher energy costs

Apr. 13, 2022 10:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The surging cost of energy pushed wholesale prices up a record 11.2% last month from a year earlier — another sign that inflationary pressure is widespread in the U.S. economy. The Labor Department said Wednesday that its producer price index — which measures...