An ongoing initiative has been commenced by the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate noncompliance with the minimum wage laws, overtime laws and record keeping provisions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) across many restaurants on Long Island. The Wage and Hour Division is also working to remind workers of their rights under the FLSA. Currently, the division completed forty-six (46) investigations of restaurants. They have found $2,341,507 in back wages for 578 employees, as well as assessed $202,315 in civil money penalties against employers who have had willful and repeated violations. The Wage and Hour Division is focused on incidents in which employers pay cash wages to people “off the books”, do not pay employees a fixed salary for all the hours worked, ignore federal minimum wage and overtime requirements, as well as falsify payroll records. Read more here.
Under the FLSA, employers must pay employees federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. In addition, employers must also pay employees time and a half for each hour worked above 40 hours, as well as maintain accurate records of employees’ wages and working conditions. Once a violation is found, litigation, administrative subpoenas, civil money penalty assessments and liquidated damages can ensue against employers. The Wage and Hour Division uses a variety of enforcement and compliance assistance techniques to protect employees’ rights. When violations are committed, the division uses all enforcement tools as deemed necessary in order to hold the employer accountable and to prevent future violations from occurring.
Leeds Brown Law, PC is dedicated to resolving issues of employer labor violations and an employee’s rights. Our firm has had considerable success in handling matters such as these throughout Long Island and the New York City area. We take great pride not only in providing quality legal service and representation, but also in being there for clients when they need it most. For any questions, contact an attorney at the Leeds Brown Law, P.C. law firm for a free consultation at 1-800-585-4658. Leeds Brown Law, P.C.’s website is located at www.lmblaw.com.