Heath Tecna to pay more than $100,000 in back wages

The Bellingham Business Journal

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Oct. 7 that Heath Tecna, Inc. has agreed to pay $108,735 in back wages to 51 employees for violations of overtime laws as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

According to Donna Hart, district director for the department’s Wage Hour Division, an investigation found that the company paid only straight salary to workers who were entitled to overtime under the FLSA.  The company also did not maintain daily and weekly time records as required under the act.

The aircraft interior design company misclassified the affected workers as exempt from overtime under the “white-collar” exemptions under the act.

The payment of the back wages to workers has now been concluded, Hart reported.

The FLSA requires that employees be paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, for all hours worked, and time and one-half their regular rates of pay for hours worked over 40 in a week.

The “white collar” exemptions require that positions designated by employers as exempt from overtime meet certain pay and duties criteria before employees can be denied overtime pay. The minimum salary requirement for example is $455 per week for most “white collar” exemptions.

For more information on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other laws enforced by the Wage and Hour Division visit the Web site here. The local Seattle District Office can also be reached at (206) 398-8039.  For more information on the “white collar” exemptions please visit www.dol.gov/fairpay.

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