U.S. Department of Labor issued the following announcement on Feb. 5.
After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Flagler Hospital Inc. – based in St. Augustine, Florida – will pay $107,185 in back wages to 141 employees for violating the overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
WHD investigators found the hospital automatically deducted time from emergency room and labor and delivery employees’ timecards for meal breaks even when they worked through those breaks. This unpaid work time resulted in overtime being due when it occurred in workweeks longer than 40 hours. By improperly deducting the time, the employer also produced inaccurate records of the number of hours employees actually worked, violating FLSA recordkeeping requirements.
“Non-profit organizations are not excluded from the pay requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act,” said Wage and Hour District Director Daniel White, in Jacksonville, Florida. “Employees must be paid all the wages they have legally earned. We encourage all employers to reach out to us for assistance and to use the variety of tools we offer to ensure that their pay practices comply with federal law.”
The department offers numerous resources to ensure employers have the tools they need to understand their responsibilities and to comply with federal law, such as online videos, confidential calls, or in-person visits to local WHD offices.
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