Labor Department: Sacramento landscaping firm agrees to pay back wages

Published: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 - 6:30 pm

A Sacramento-based landscaping firm has agreed to pay $185,270 in back wages and damages to 164 employees in connection with multiple labor violations.

U.S. Department of Labor officials identified the company as Frank Carson Landscape & Maintenance Inc., doing business as Carson Landscape Industries, which was investigated for violations of overtime and record-keeping laws.

Officials said the agreement followed an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. Efforts to reach the company were unsuccessful.

Investigators from the division’s Sacramento district office contended that the company failed to pay time and a half for hours worked beyond 40 hours in a work week, as required by law. The company also failed to maintain accurate records of hours that employees worked before and after their scheduled shifts, investigators alleged, and paid only for scheduled hours rather than actual hours worked.

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, plus one and a half times their regular hourly rate for every hour they work beyond 40 hours per week.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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