The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has cited the Guam Home Center for violating federal overtime laws.
According to a release from the Department of Labor the hardware retailer will have to pay $48,046 to 39 employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Wage and Hour investigators determined that the Guam Home Center violated overtime requirements when it failed to record and pay hourly employees accurately for all of the hours that they worked.
The employer failed to count time that employees performed work before and after their scheduled shifts stocking merchandise, assisting customers, and balancing their daily sales records as work time.
Failure to count these hours resulted in overtime violations whenever employees’ actual work time exceeded 40 hours per week. The employer also failed to pay required overtime to store managers who were not paid on a salary basis.
The release quotes Wage and Hour District Director Terence Trotter, in Honolulu, as saying “employers are responsible for ensuring employees receive all the wages they have legally earned, including wages for time worked before and after a scheduled shift.”
For more information about the FLSA and other laws enforced by the Wage and Hour Division, contact the Division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243).
Employers who discover overtime or minimum wage violations may self-report and resolve those violations without litigation through the PAID program.
Information is also available at www.dol.gov/whd including a search tool to use if you think you may be owed back wages collected by WHD.