A federal court has ordered Aspen Nursing Services Inc. to pay $210,000 in back wages and damages to 22 employees who worked for the company’s home health care division, Aspen Community Living, in Louisville.
The judgment results from a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.The suit arose from an investigation that found that the company failed to pay employees an hourly rate equaling the minimum wage, and employees who worked more than 40 hours in a week had not been paid the required one and one- half times their regular rates of pay for overtime hours.
The labor department said employees were paid flat rates per day. The company also failed to keep accurate records of employees’ hours.
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On September 9, the Ninth Circuit ruled that Washington State social workers are not “learned professionals” exempt from FLSA overtime pay requirements, despite “rigorous” educational and training requirements for the positions. Candidates for the position of Social Worker 2 were required to have a bachelor’s degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or a related field, as well as eighteen months as a Social Worker 1 or two years of equivalent work experience. Candidates for Social Worker 3 were required to have additional experience beyond that of the Social Worker 2 position. Additionally, new employees in those positions had to complete six more weeks of training once they are hired.
In siding with the DOL, the Ninth Circuit relied on two DOL opinion letters, which had found that a position requiring social workers to have a master’s degree in certain related fields met the criteria for exemption, but that a position requiring a bachelor’s degree did not, because an undergraduate degree did not rise to the level of specialized academic training required by the regulations to trigger the exemption. The court noted that the education requirements for the social worker positions were not sufficiently specialized to qualify for the exemption. On-the-job training and related work experience cannot be substituted for the requisite specialized academic training.
FLSA exemptions are narrowly construed against employers. Employers must therefore be very careful when analyzing whether to apply any overtime exemption
You may contact the Law Offices of Rose H. Robbins for a free consultation to see if you have a case for unpaid overtime or minimum wages by calling (954) 946-8130 or by filling out the confidential form below. If our office decides to accept your case and we enter into a written, signed retainer agreement you will not have to pay anything unless we win your case. Appointments are available at various locations in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.