Healthcare Staffing Company Pays More Than $3 Million in Back Wages After Missing Payroll for Employees Conducting Coronavirus Testing
OVERLAND PARK, KS – Favorite Healthcare Staffing Inc. – based in Overland Park, Kansas – has paid $3,068,859 in back wages to 1,677 contract employees hired to conduct coronavirus testing in Orlando, Florida, under terms of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).
WHD investigators determined Favorite Healthcare Staffing Inc. missed several payroll payments to workers in June and July of 2020 resulting in violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime requirements.
“The Wage and Hour Division works to ensure employers in all industries comply with federal law so that every employee receives the wages they have rightfully earned,” said Wage and Hour District Director Reed Trone in Kansas City, Kansas. “Employers must understand their responsibility to accurately and timely pay employees. We encourage employers to use the wide variety of compliance tools we offer to explain those requirements, and to contact us for guidance.”
Favorite Healthcare Staffing Inc. provides placement of healthcare professionals for allied health, contract, travel and permanent placement opportunities nationwide.
The Department offers numerous resources to ensure employers have the tools they need to understand their responsibilities and to comply with federal law, such as online videos and confidential calls to local WHD offices.
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/agencies/whd.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.