U.S. Department of Labor issued the following announcement on July 18.
After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), ASAP Courier & Logistics LLC – based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida – has paid $64,027 in back wages to 160 employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
WHD investigators found the delivery service company paid drivers flat daily rates without regard to how many hours they actually worked. This practice resulted in overtime violations when employees worked more than 40 hours in a workweek and the employer failed to pay overtime. When the employer did pay overtime to some employees, they failed to include non-discretionary bonuses in the calculation, resulting in payment of overtime at rates lower than those required by law. The employer's failure to maintain complete records of the number of hours employees worked also resulted in an FLSA recordkeeping violation.
"Employers are obligated to pay their employees the wages they have legally earned," said Wage and Hour Division District Director Tony Pham, in Miami, Florida. "Even if employees are paid day rates, they are typically still due overtime when they work more than 40 hours in a week. We encourage all employers to reach out to us and to use the variety of tools we offer to ensure that their pay practices comply with federal law."
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