Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
U.S. Department of Labor
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Satanta Grocery in Satanta, Kan., has agreed to pay more than $12,000 in back wages and penalties following a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation that disclosed multiple violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime and child labor provisions.
The investigation found that the employer owed eight employees a total of $1,370.53 in back wages and minors were employed in violation of the Labor Department’s hours-time standards and hazardous orders regulations, resulting in civil money penalties totaling $11,027.
The grocer failed to pay overtime to hourly-paid employees for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. Three employees under age 16 worked hours prohibited by the department’s hours-time standards. The hazardous orders violations stem from two 16-year-old employees regularly driving a vehicle to make food deliveries and another 16-year-old employee disassembling, cleaning and reassembling five power-driven meat processing machines, including a meat grinder and meat slicer.
“Investigating alleged violations of and enforcing youth employment laws serve to protect our youth workforce. The safety of young workers is of paramount importance to the Department of Labor,” said James Koren, the Wage and Hour Division’s district director in Kansas City. “Part-time and summer jobs provide invaluable work experience for our nation’s teens, but in providing that experience, we’ve got to make sure we keep our youth safe.”
In addition, the grocer failed to maintain all records of hours worked and dates of birth for employees under 19, as required by the FLSA. The company has cooperated fully with the Wage and Hour Division.
The FLSA requires covered, nonexempt employees to be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $6.55 per hour for all hours worked, and time and one-half their regular rates of pay for hours worked beyond 40 in a work week. Employers must also maintain accurate time and payroll records.
The FLSA’s child labor provisions identify 17 hazardous orders that prohibit specific activities for workers under 18. The law further states that minors may not work more than three hours on school days, eight hours on nonschool days, 18 hours during school weeks or 40 hours during nonschool weeks. Also, 14- and 15-year-olds may work during nonschool hours, but no later than 7 p.m. (9 p.m. from June 1 through Labor Day).
For more information on the youth employment laws, visit the Labor Department’s Web site at http://www.youthrules.dol.gov. For more information about the FLSA, visit www.wagehour.dol.gov. Information is also available through the department’s toll-free helpline: 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243).
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