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U.S. Department of Labor Recovers $33,492 in Back Wages For Louisiana Concrete Construction and Demolition Employees

ZACHARY, LA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), A&B Concrete Coring Inc. – doing business as A&B Concrete Coring Co. – has paid $33,492 in back wages to six employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

WHD investigators found A&B Concrete Coring Co., a concrete construction and demolition company, illegally reduced the number of work hours recorded on employee timesheets by one hour per day. By doing so, the employer failed to pay shop employees for all of the hours they had worked, triggering overtime violations in workweeks greater than 40 hours. The inaccurate nature of the time records, which also included the employer’s failure to record break times accurately, violated FLSA recordkeeping requirements. The violations occurred at the employer’s Zachary, Louisiana, headquarters.

“Employers must pay employees for every hour that they work,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Troy Mouton in New Orleans. “Companies must ensure their timekeeping systems are accurate. Failing to record work hours accurately often leads to minimum wage or overtime violations that employers could avoid. Employers who have questions should contact their nearest Wage and Hour Division office to learn more about these requirements.”

If you think you may be owed back wages you can visit the Workers Owed Wages page to search WHD’s database of wages waiting to be claimed from previous investigations.

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.

WHD’s mission is to promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the nation’s workforce. WHD enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD also enforces the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act and a number of employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration related statutes. Additionally, WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act and other statutes applicable to federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.

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.

Agency
Wage and Hour Division
Date
December 7, 2020
Release Number
20-2092-dal
Contact: Juan Rodriguez
Contact: Chauntra Rideaux
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