In the past month, there were multiple stories of employers messing up compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. Here are the stories:
- Alabama Installation Company to Pay $134,097 to 22 Employees After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Overtime Violations
- U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Sacramento-Area Gas Stations Paying $45,957 to 40 Employees to Resolve Wage Violations
- U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Recovers $15,917 In Back Wages and Damages for 25 Mississippi Hotel Employees
- Franchisee Pays $122,523 to 245 Restaurant Employees to Resolve Federal Wage and Hour Violations at Three Georgia Locations
- Four Restaurants in Minnesota and Iowa to Pay $831,232 in Back Wages to 113 Employees Following U.S. Department of Labor Investigation
These companies have a couple of common denominators. They are either small companies or restaurant. I understand the small company issue, but I don’t understand the restaurant company issue. The restaurants appear to be bigger companies that should know better.
If you work for such a company you need to understand the laws. Learning from the US Department of Labor is expensive training.