Last Tuesday, Bentonville, Arkansas based super-retailer Walmart agreed to pay out $5.3 million for violating the federal government’s overtime rules. 4,500 plus Walmart employees across the U.S. will collect $4.8 million in damages and back wages, and the retailer will also pay nearly $500,000 in penalties.
Why is Walmart being hit?
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires companies to pay certain employees overtime. Walmart failed to pay managers and coordinators of various centers and warehouses for work done more than 40 hours a week. A U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation found that, in failing to pay out this overtime, Walmart violated the law. A neutral “third-party” administrator will pay out the damages and back pay to the employees.
This isn’t Walmart’s first scrap with the Department of Labor. Five years ago, following a separate Department of Labor investigation, the company paid out $34 million in interest and back wages to workers as part of a different settlement.
Wage and hour rules can be complicated.
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