US Department of Labor recovers $77K in back wages for 25 workers from North Carolina home healthcare provider that denied required overtime pay

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Employer:                                   Stat Etc. Inc.

                                                         Operating as Queen City Home and Medical Staffing

Investigation site:                  530 E. Innes St.

                                                         Salisbury, NC 28144

Investigation findings: U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found the employer paid straight-time rates for all hours worked. By doing so, Stat Etc. Inc. – a home healthcare provider – failed to pay employees the extra half-time rate due for hours over 40 in workweek, a Fair Labor Standards Act violation. The employer also failed to maintain a record of the total premium pay for overtime hours.

Back Wages Recovered:       The division recovered $77,936 in back wages for 25 workers.                 

Quote: “Overtime violations in the healthcare industry are all-too-common. Shortchanging workers who provide essential care that people and their families depend upon places unfair burdens on workers and their families who count on every dollar to make ends meet,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Richard Blaylock in Raleigh, North Carolina. “The Wage and Hour Division is determined to hold these employers legally accountable and recover workers’ hard-earned wages. We encourage other employers to view the outcome in this investigation as an opportunity to review their pay practices to avoid similar violations.”

Background: Stat Etc. Inc. provides personal healthcare services and employs registered nurses, certified nurses’ assistants and personal care assistants.  

The Wage and Hour Division provides multiple tools to help employers understand their responsibilities and offers confidential compliance assistance to anyone with questions about how to comply with the law. Workers can call the division confidentially with questions – regardless of their immigration status – and the department can speak with callers in more than 200 languages. Help ensure hours worked and pay are accurate by downloading the department’s Android Timesheet App for free.

Learn more about the Wage and Hour Division.

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