Virginia Window Company to Pay More than $83,000 in Back Wages Following U.S. Labor Department InvestigationAugust 24th, 2012 by DWM Magazine
Sea-Thru Windows Inc. in Virginia Beach, Va., has agreed to pay $83,454 in back wages to 45 workers following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division that disclosed violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime and record-keeping provisions, according to a DOL press release.
The release says investigators found that the company required employees to perform vehicle cleaning, detailing and other work “off the clock,” that is, before and after their scheduled shifts. For example, hours worked by employees to load the company’s trucks at the beginning of the day and then return to the shop to unload at the end of the day were not recorded or paid. These practices resulted in the improper calculation of overtime as well as record-keeping violations. Additionally, the company paid the required overtime rate of time and one-half only for hours worked beyond 80 in a two-week period, instead of for hours worked in excess of 40 per workweek.
“Employers subject to the FLSA must ensure that their employees are fully compensated for all work hours in compliance with federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements,” says Patricia Pickett, assistant district director of the Wage and Hour Division’s Norfolk area office, which conducted the investigation. “This investigation should serve as a notice to other employers to review their compensation and record-keeping practices to be sure that they are paying their employees in compliance with the law.”