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US Department of Labor enforcement initiative recovers more than $146,000 in back wages for nearly 680 child care facility employees in Louisiana

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently launched an enforcement initiative focusing on the child care industry in Louisiana, where it has found consistent and widespread noncompliance with the minimum wage, overtime pay and record keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Under the initiative, the division has conducted 73 investigations, recovering $146,105 in back wages for nearly 680 employees.  FLSA violations were found at facilities in the parishes of Caddo, Bossier, Lincoln and Ouachita. Major violators include the following businesses: Dusk to Dawn Quality Childcare, Kidspoint-Crosspoint Church, Calvary Baptist Church Daycare, Cypress Run Child Development Center, Bossier City Nursery & Childcare Center, Best Friends Child Development and Preschool, Creative Children’s Learning Center LLC, Small World Infant Child Development Center, Star Point Child Development Center and Evangel Learning Center.

“The initiative in these Louisiana parishes demonstrates the Wage and Hour Division’s commitment to a new strategic approach to achieving sustained compliance with labor laws in high risk industries that employ vulnerable workers and where wage and hour violations are most prevalent,” said Cynthia Watson, the division’s regional administrator in the Southwest. “Employers subject to the FLSA cannot escape their responsibilities to properly classify and compensate employees for all hours of their hard work. The immediate success of our initiative should remind all employers in the child care industry that the Labor Department will use every available enforcement tool to ensure compliance and accountability under the law.”

Child care is a rapidly expanding industry that employs a large number of low-wage and vulnerable workers. The Wage and Hour Division’s work has revealed that many facilities pay their employees below the minimum wage, require them to work “off the clock” or beyond their scheduled work periods without proper overtime compensation, fail to pay employees for time spent at training and improperly classify employees as volunteers or as exempt from the FLSA, resulting in minimum wage and overtime violations. (click on link to read full story) 

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