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DOL Recovers over $868K in Back Pay for Florida Time Share Company's Wage and Hour Violations

September 11, 2010

In recent wage and hour news that our Riverside, California employment attorneys have watching, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), has supported 1,065 Central Florida Investments employees, by recovering $868,443 in back pay after an investigation by DOL uncovered multiple wage and hour violations by the company.

Central Florida Investments operates timeshare resorts under the name Westgate Resorts, in multiple states across the country, including Nevada, Florida, South Carolina and Arizona.

The investigation was reportedly performed in all locations of the company, and determined that employees who were responsible for scheduling tours of the company's timeshare properties were not compensated for the federal minimum wage for all hours worked. Overtime work was also reportedly recorded incorrectly, and the premium compensation did not include commissions. The company also failed to maintain accurate records of timecards--recording all hours worked by the employees.

After the investigation, the company agreed to correct the errors, to pay employees for back wages, to implement new procedures for employee record keeping, and to make sure that employees are compensated in accordance to the federal wage and hour laws in place.

As our Westminster employment attorneys discussed in a recent blog, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act, covered, nonexempt employees must receive compensation for time and one-half their normal pay rates, which includes bonuses, commissions and incentive compensation, for time worked beyond a 40-hour work week. Employers are also required to keep accurate records of all hours worked by employees, as well as accurate records of payroll.

In Orange County, California, Howard Law, PC represents employees in class action wage and hour lawsuits, who have been wrongfully deprived of wages and are seeking recovery. Call today for a free consultation at 1-800-872-5925.

U.S. Labor Department Recovers More Than $868,000 in Back Wages for 1,065 Florida-based Timeshare Company Employees, United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division News Release, August 11, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Fair Labor Standards Act Advisor: Exemptions, United States Department of Labor

California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR): The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DSLE)