Department of Labor Cracking Down On Employer Violations Of Overtime Pay and Minimum Wage Requirements
Despite Federal Law requiring most employers pay employees minimum wage and overtime compensation (unless exempt), some employers willfully try to avoid doing the right thing. In a couple of cases out of Ohio this week, the Department of Labor issued a strong warning to employers that they are cracking down on those who fail to pay workers what they deserve.
In one case, BP and Marathon gas station owners failed to pay previous and current service station workers minimum wage and overtime, and failed to keep accurate time and payroll records.
In another, an animal hospital paid employees the full amount of compensation they were entitled to, including overtime, but then required the employees to return the overtime portion in cash.
Both cases resulted in substantial penalties, requiring the employers to pay damages and back wages.