A Texas company, El Paso Hose & Fittings Corp., paid 10 current and former employees $31,486 in minimum and overtime back wages after it was found to have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. The employees were required to arrive prior to their start times and work later than their scheduled ending times, but were not paid for pre- or post-shift hours. The company also deducted one hour for lunch breaks when employees either took half-hour lunch breaks or did not take lunch breaks at all. These practices resulted in both minimum wage and overtime pay violations. The FLSA requires that covered employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 for all hours worked, plus time and one-half their regular hourly rates, including commissions, bonuses and incentive pay, for hours worked beyond 40 per week. In general, “hours worked” includes all time an employee must be on duty, or on the employer’s premises or at any other prescribed place of work, from the beginning of the first principal work activity to the end of the last principal activity of the workday. Additionally, the law requires that accurate records of employees’ wages, hours and other conditions of employment be maintained.
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