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York golf resort to pay more back wages and fines

Heritage Hills Association, doing business as Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center in York, has agreed to pay $55,353 in back wages to 219 workers following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division that disclosed significant violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage, overtime, record-keeping and child labor provisions.  “Employers subject to the FLSA must ensure that those they employ are fully compensated for all hours of their work, in compliance with federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements,” said Alfonso J. Gristina, director of the Wage and Hour Division’s Wilkes Barre District Office. “And when employing minors, businesses are legally and ethically obligated to abide by child labor standards, and ensure young workers are protected on the job.”

The investigation found that the company violated the FLSA by failing to pay employees at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour; failing to pay workers for all hours worked; failing to maintain accurate records of hours worked for salaried employees; and paying employees “straight time” wages, rather than one and one-half times their regular rates of pay for all hours exceeding 40 per week.  The company also violated the child labor provisions of the FLSA by requiring five minors to work in excess of the time and work hour limitations established for 14- and 15-year-old employees. For those violations, the company will pay $4,950 in civil money penalties to the Labor Department. (click on link to read full story) 

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