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Sunflower Market hit with $125,000 back-Wage bill

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

Sunflower Market has agreed to pay $125,310 in back wages to workers in four states for unpaid overtime. The U.S. Labor Department also levied $10,670 in fines against the grocery chain for violations of the child labor laws.

The Labor Department said the Phoenix-based chain misapplied executive and administrative overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The settlement covers back wages for 78 workers in four states, including Colorado.

Advice: Back-wage lawsuits are hot. Forbid hourly employees from working off the clock for even a minute or two. Make sure you aren’t misclassifying employees as exempt. For guidance, see the FLSA Advisor at www.dol.gov/elaws/esa/flsa/screen75.asp.

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