Garner-based KBE Landscaping will pay $14,651 in back pay to 33 employees after a Department of Labor investigation revealed the company failed to properly pay overtime to its hourly workers.
Investigators from the department’s Wage and Hour Division found KBE only paid overtime for hours worked over 45 in a week. Additionally, the firm did not pay employees for time spent transporting equipment from the last job site of the day back to the company’s facility, resulting in additional overtime violations.
Note: Employers must accurately track employees’ hours and pay them for all time they are required to be on duty. Tricks like making up your own, as this employer did, do not generally impress Wage and Hour Division investigators. Employers with questions about overtime pay issues should consult an attorney to ensure their practices comply with North Carolina and federal laws.