Social Job Site to Pay $6 Million for Overtime Payment and Wage Payment Violations
An investigation by the Department of Labor found that LinkedIn, a social media site for professionals, employers, and job-seekers, violated federal laws involving overtime pay and failed to properly track records. The company will pay $6 million for overtime payment violations and unpaid wages violations.
LinkedIn reportedly violated overtime and record-keeping provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act, which entitles non-exempt employees to time-and-a-half pay if they work over 40 hours per week. The Department of Labor investigation found that the social media company failed to accurately keep records of hours worked, and failed to pay for some worked hours, at its branches in California, Illinois, Nebraska, and New York between 2012 and 2014.
The $6 million is the total for both overtime and wage violations – $ $3,346,195 in overtime back wages and $2,509,646 in liquidated damages for overtime payment and other labor violations.
The company said it would also update policies to ensure compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act in the future. LinkedIn also agreed to provide training for employees and managers regarding “off-the-clock” work, and accurate reporting and recording of overtime hours and pay.
” ‘Off the clock’ hours are all too common for the American worker. This practice harms workers, denies them the wages they have rightfully earned, and takes away time with families,” said Susana Blanco, district director for the Department of Labor’s San Francisco division, in a statement. “We urge all employers, large and small, to review their pay practices to ensure employees know their basic workplace rights and that the commitment to compliance works through all levels of the organization.”
A LinkedIn spokeswoman said the issue stemmed from “not having the right tools in place for a small subset of our sales force to track hours properly.” She added that the company had already begun working on the labor violations before the Department of Labor began its investigation.
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