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Ashley Furniture fined $1.8M; Miss. plants not cited

By Jack Weatherly A Wisconsin-based furniture maker has drawn a $1.8 million fine from the federal Occupational and Safety and Health Administration for 1,000 injuries to employees in a 42-month period. Those occurred at the Arcadia, Wis., headquarters plant for Ashley Furniture Industries Inc., which employs 4,500 there, OSHA said in a news release Ashley employs about 3,600 in Mississippi in ...

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More puzzling numbers reported on construction industry

The construction industry has again released statistics that do not seem to quite add up, this time concerning employment. In July, builders recorded a loss of 6,000 jobs in July, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. Yet, construction unemployment fell to 9.1 percent, down from 9.8 percent last month and significant decrease from the 12.3 percent jobless ...

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Ex-Katrina workers getting backpay

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has resolved a lawsuit against Houston-based Universal Project Management Inc. and Irving, Texas-based Fluor Enterprises Inc. for failing to pay $1million to 154 workers in overtime compensation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). “Workers who help rebuild our communities and secure the ...

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