Green Industry Pros reports that a company in Michigan was required to pay $38,000 in back wages and damages for unfair practices including misclassifying workers as independent contractors. The story says:
An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the company and its owner violated the Fair Labor Standard Act’s overtime and recordkeeping provisions. Specifically, the employer:
- Misclassified some employees as independent contractors instead of employees, and subsequently failed to pay them overtime when they worked more than 40 hours in a week.
- Paid some employees a flat salary, without regard to the number of hours they worked, which led to overtime violations when they worked more than 40 hours per week.
- Banked overtime hours for some employees, to be paid out in future workweeks at straight time, rather than paying overtime in the pay period during which the hours were worked.
- Failed to keep required payroll records.
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