A federal court ordered a California nursing home operator to pay $690,696 to 108 employees after it denied them overtime pay and made them work during lunch breaks without pay, the Department of Labor announced last week.
According to a complaint, the violations took place from December 2018 to July 2021 at Neldy’s Adult Residential Care Home locations, operated by Neldy’s RC Inc.
The nursing home would split its employees’ pay into multiple checks to avoid paying overtime in violation of federal law, the Labor Department said in its press release. Neldy’s also “deducted meal breaks from employees’ pay when their duties required them to work during their breaks,” the department said.
Unpaid wages ran to more than $300,000
The Garden Grove, California-based company must pay $345,348 in back wages, the same amount in damages and an additional $25,000 in civil penalties. Many employees will receive more than $10,000 back from the employer, with one employee receiving more than $47,000 according to the court order. The order outlined a 10-installment payment schedule that began in October.
According to a ProPublica database, Neldy’s RC Inc. took out a $527,264 PPP loan in May 2020 that it said would be used on payroll. That loan was forgiven.
Previous delinquent payments
It was not the first time that the company was ordered to pay back wages, according to the Labor Department.
- It had to pay just over $1 million to 58 workers for similar violations that took place from 2013 to 2016.
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- Neldy’s RC Inc. is one of the latest companies to be busted by the federal agency in recent months. According to data from the department, the health care system recorded more than 1,000 cases of payroll theft last year.
- With $14,994,106 recovered in back wages, it trailed only the foodservice and construction industries.
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Contributing: Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY; Hogan Gore, Austin American statesman