South Florida Medical Transportation Company Pays $222,059 in Back Wages for Overtime Violations after U.S. Department of Labor Investigation
MIAMI BEACH, FL – Miami Beach Medical Transport LLC – a South Florida medical transportation service company – has paid $222,059 in back wages to 53 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the employer violated overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
WHD investigators determined that Miami Beach Medical Transport LLC failed to pay drivers for time they spent working from home confirming appointments with patients for the following day's route. The employer also automatically deducted 30 minutes from employees' timecards for lunch each day, whether or not employees were actually able to take those breaks. Both practices resulted in unrecorded and unpaid hours, leading to overtime violations when employees worked more than 40 hours in a workweek but remained unpaid for this time. Failure to record this worktime accurately also resulted in recordkeeping violations under the FLSA.
"Employers must ensure they account for all hours their employees work, and pay them accurately for all of those hours," said Wage and Hour Division District Director Tony Pham, in Miami. "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."
Employers who discover overtime or minimum wage violations may self-report and resolve those violations without litigation through the PAID program. 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). Information is also available at https://www.dol.gov/whd.