Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
U.S. Department of Labor
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is currently conducting a compliance initiative in the health care industry in New York state. This initiative aims to promote compliance with the minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping and child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and to ensure employees are protected and compensated in accordance with the law.
“The Wage and Hour Division’s Albany District Office, which covers all New York state counties north of New York City, is currently conducting investigations as part of this initiative,” said District Director Chris Martin. “Those companies found not to be in compliance may be assessed penalties and be held liable for back wages owed to employees.”
Less than 36 percent of health care employers investigated by the division’s Albany office during the last five years were in compliance with the FLSA. A total of $2,202,723 in back wages was found to be due to 4,702 employees, for an average of $468 per employee.
The FLSA requires that covered employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage as well as one and one-half times their regular rates of pay for hours worked over 40 per week. Additionally, the law requires that accurate records of employees’ wages, hours and other conditions of employment be maintained. The federal minimum wage for covered, nonexempt employees is $7.25 per hour.
For more information about the FLSA’s requirements, call the Department of Labor’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov/whd.
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