TAMPA, FL – Investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division into rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma have resulted in 11 roofing companies paying $239,893 in back wages to 259 employees for violations of the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Division investigators determined all 11 companies paid employees a piece rate, without regard to the number of hours they actually worked. This practice resulted in overtime violations when the employers failed to pay employees overtime for hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek. The employers also violated FLSA recordkeeping requirements when they failed to record the actual number of hours these employees worked.
The Division found the following companies in violation: Crown Roofing LLC, Currier Roofing Co. Inc., D Peck Roofing Inc., Dura-Loc Roofing Systems, Saint Raphael Roofing Inc., and San Carlos Roofing Co., all based in Fort Myers; Campbell Roofing & Sheet Metal of FL Inc. and Roofing by Homeplus Inc., both in Cape Coral; Clyde Johnson Contracting & Roofing, Inc. of Clewiston; Gulf Coast Roofing Company Inc. of Naples; and Kelly Roofing LLC of Bonita Springs.
In addition to paying back wages, Clyde Johnson Contracting will pay $11,057 in liquidated damages to 16 employees, and Dura-Loc will pay $11,368 in liquidated damages to six employees.
“Employers must understand their obligations and responsibilities under the law. Pay practices must comply with the law,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director James Schmidt, in Tampa. “We encourage all employers to make use of the many tools the Department of Labor provides to help them understand and comply with the law, and to call us for assistance.”
For more information about the FLSA and other laws enforced by the Division, contact its toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available at http://www.dol.gov/whd, including a search tool.