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HR firm pays for basic wage-and-hour mistake

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A California HR outsourcing firm must pay more than $1 million in back overtime wages to hundreds of employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found widespread Fair Labor Standards Act violations.

TriNet Human Resources Corp., based in the Bay Area, failed to pay time-and-a-half to 267 employees who worked more than 40 hours per week. In 2012, the company paid $326,000 in back wages and damages after the division found similar violations.

The company, which consults on employment law compliance, tripped up by misclassifying employees. “TriNet falsely believed that raising an employee’s salary exempted them from receiving overtime pay,” said the DOL’s Susana Blanco.

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