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Tennessee Trucking Company to Pay $89,204 in Back Wages and Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation

ROCK ISLAND, TN – Hillis Group LLC, based in Rock Island, Tennessee, will pay $89,204 in back wages and liquidated damages to 42 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found that the asphalt and trucking company violated overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

WHD investigators found Hillis Group LLC paid drivers flat rates per day regardless of the number of hours they worked resulting in overtime violations when the drivers worked more than 40 hours in a workweek with no additional pay. The company also failed to keep record of employees’ work start and finish times resulting in violations.

“Employers have an obligation to pay employees in accordance with the law for all the hours they have worked. Failing to do so creates a hardship for the workers, and places other employers at a competitive disadvantage,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Nettie Lewis, in Nashville, Tennessee. “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

Wage and Hour Division
August 22, 2018
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Media Contact: Eric R. Lucero
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Media Contact: Michael D'Aquino