Companies may have violated Fair Labor Standards Act
DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, the national law firm of Baron
& Budd announced that it is investigating cases where employees
may not have been paid all wages due to them. The investigation covers
companies in the southern parts of Illinois that have failed to include
commissions or bonuses when calculating overtime rates for some hourly
or salaried employees. This has resulted in an incorrect calculation of
the employees’ overtime rate, and therefore, a shortage in their pay.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the controlling federal statute
regarding employee compensation. It is designed to protect workers from
the predatory practices of employers when it comes to overtime
compensation. The Act states that nonexempt employees must receive
overtime pay at one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate of
pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek.
“Employees must be paid for all their time worked,” said Allen Vaught.
“This includes training, safety meetings, and unpaid meal periods when
the employee works,” he added. Employees who earn commission or bonus
pay must have that amount added into the calculations of their overtime
rate, if they are overtime-eligible employees.
Since the maximum look-back period is three years, individuals generally
must have been an employee of the company within the past three years to
have a potential
claim for unpaid wages and damages.
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