Construction firm to pay $76,000 in overtime wages
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Feb 22, 2013 in Workers' Compensation
Diversified Interiors of Amarillo, Ltd., a framing and drywall construction firm, has paid $76,417 to 63 workers who were denied overtime pay for hours worked beyond their normal shifts, the U.S. Department of Labors Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently reported.
Investigators found that Diversified paid the required time-and-a-half premium for scheduled hours worked beyond 40 hours per week, but paid straight time for unscheduled overtime, including time spent traveling between work sites, in violation of theFair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The company also reportedly failed to maintain required records.
Employers are legally obligated to properly compensate employees for all hours worked, said Cynthia Watson, WHD regional administrator. This includes travel between the employers facility and the job sites, and any other hours worked, whether scheduled or not.
WHD noted that under the FLSA, hours worked includes all time an employee must be on duty, or on the employers premises, or at any other prescribed place of work, from the beginning of the first principal work activity to the end of the last principal activity of the workday.