Millersville contractor ordered to pay over $45,000 in unpaid OT

August 31, 2010|By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun

A Millersville electrical contractor has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor to pay $45,745 in back wages to workers whom the company didn't pay overtime.

Asplundh Tree Expert Co., which did business as Utility Lines Construction Services Inc., denied overtime to 41 workers performing manhole inspections for working more than 40 hours week, the Labor Department said.

The company also did not keep proper records of employee work hours, the agency found.

The employees were required to pick up and drive company vehicles prior to arriving at a job site and then return them after their shift ended. They weren't paid for those hours.

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires hourly employees to be paid at least one-and-a-half times their regular pay for every hour they work per week beyond 40 hours. "Hours worked" includes all time an employee must be on duty even if it is not doing their primary job, according to the Labor Department.

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