If your organization performs work for the federal government, consider this case a warning: Uncle Sam is watching your pay practices!
A company that provides ground transportation services at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has settled charges it failed to pay prevailing wages to its employees as required by federal contracting rules. Total Enterprises, Inc. provides transportation at O’Hare, shuttling Transportation Security Administration employees from remote parking lots to various terminals.
An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division revealed the company failed to pay prevailing wages and benefits to shuttle bus drivers, parking lot attendants and bus dispatchers.
Under the terms of the settlement, Total Enterprises will pay back wages and benefits totaling $1,368,946.
Advice: If your company does business with the federal government, bone up on the requirements of the many laws governing wage-and-hour issues for contractors. Learn more at www.dol.gov/compliance/topics/wages-fed-contracts.htm.