A home nursing agency in Los Angeles has agreed to pay $654,082 to settle a complaint that employees were not properly compensated for overtime worked. According to a news report in the Business Management Daily, Extended Health Care Private Duty Nursing was the subject of a federal probe. A U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation showed that the company paid some of its employees “straight time” although their hours exceeded the regular 40 hours a week schedule.
The probe revealed that even the company’s longest-tenured employees got only time and one-quarter for their overtime hours. Although some of the employees received the overtime mandated by federal labor laws, they were required to work more than 80 hours in a biweekly payroll period. In addition, the investigation revealed that some of employees were misclassified as independent contractors. Under the settlement agreement, 108 nurses will recover back pay.
Wage and Hour Laws
California’s labor laws define overtime as working more than eight hours in one day, working over 40 hours in one work week or working six days in one work week. When an employee works additional hours, he or she is entitled to overtime pay. In California, the overtime rate is generally set at one and one half times the regular pay. Employers are legally required to pay overtime to any eligible worker under California laws, even if a supervisor did not authorize the overtime work. Sometimes, companies also misclassify positions in order to avoid paying overtime.
Holding Corporate Wrongdoers Accountable
If you are an employee who has not received overtime pay, it is important that you contact a California wage and hour lawyer right away to discuss your case. Federal and state employment laws can be complex and difficult to understand. A law firm that is well-versed in wage and hour laws will be able to fight these employers who cut corners and deny employees what is owed to them. A knowledgeable California employment lawyer with experience handling class action laws against large corporations will be able to help wronged workers fight for their rights.