Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
U.S. Department of Labor
BARTLETT, Tenn. -- King’s Daughters and Sons Home has agreed to pay $54,081 in back wages to 66 current and former employees following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime provisions. The Bartlett nursing home provides residential services to individuals with physical disabilities.
The department’s Wage and Hour Division determined that even though employees had worked through their meal breaks the employer had deducted 30 minutes per day from their work hours for those periods. This failure to pay for all hours worked resulted in employees not receiving one and one-half times their regular rates of pay for hours beyond 40 in a week, as required by the FLSA.
“The Labor Department wants to ensure that employees who put in an honest day’s work receive an honest day’s pay. Health care workers are among the lowest-paid employees in the nation, and this employer profited by paying these vulnerable individuals less than they were legally due under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” said Astor Bruhier, district director for the Wage and Hour Division in Jackson, Miss. “The FLSA protects not only workers but also employers who depend on the Labor Department to ensure that no company receives an unfair advantage by dodging the law. Other similar facilities should take notice and ensure that their policies comply with federal requirements.”
King’s Daughters and Sons Home fully cooperated with the investigation and is currently contacting the current and former employees who are owed wages for unpaid hours worked over the past two years. Management also has agreed to post required notices informing employees of their rights under federal labor laws. Employees who think they may be owed back wages should contact the Wage and Hour Division’s Jackson District Office by calling 601-965-4347.
The FLSA requires that covered employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 for all hours worked, plus time and one-half their regular rates of pay, including commissions, bonuses and incentive pay, for hours worked beyond 40 per week. Employers must also maintain accurate time and payroll records.
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