U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Health Insurance Provider Paying $128,422 in Back Wages to 17 Employees
LOUISVILLE, KY – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Humana Inc. has paid $128,422 in back wages to 17 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The health insurance provider paid the back wages after WHD investigators determined that the employer failed to pay employees in the Grievance and Appeal Division for work they performed after their shifts were scheduled to end, paying instead only for scheduled hours. This practice resulted in overtime violations when employees worked beyond 40 hours in a week and this post-shift time remained unpaid. The company's failure to accurately record the hours worked by employees resulted in a recordkeeping violation under the FLSA.
"The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that employees receive the wages they have legally earned for all the hours they have worked," said Wage and Hour Division District Director Karen Garnett, in Louisville. "We encourage employers to contact us with any questions they may have, and to use the wide variety of tools we offer to help them understand their obligations and to comply with the law."
For more information about the FLSA and other laws enforced by the Wage and Hour Division, contact the toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Employers who discover overtime or minimum wage violations may self-report and resolve those violations without litigation through the PAID program. Information is also available at https://www.dol.gov/whd.