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VIDEO: Labor Department orders 3 Capital Region and 3 Western Region employers to comply with Labor Laws

Albany Leasing Service Took Money Illegally from Workers’ Paychecks, Unpaid Wages at a Queensbury Autobody Shop, and a Saratoga Restaurant Violated Child Labor Laws.

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Albany, NY (October 17, 2010) -

During the week of October 3, three Capital Region companies were ordered by the Department of Labor to comply with state labor laws.  In two of the three cases, Orders to Comply were issued after repeated attempts by the Department of Labor to get these employers to comply with state labor laws.  Orders to Comply are final Administrative Orders of the Commissioner of Labor.  Employers have sixty days to appeal them to the Industrial Board of Appeals.

                "These are three very different businesses in the Capital Region with one thing in common: each of them is in violation of state labor laws," said State Labor Commissioner Colleen C. Gardner.  "The ball's in their court now.  We're willing to work with them if they're willing to get into compliance and pay their workers every cent they are owed."

Velocity Express Leasing, located at 5 Fritz Blvd. in Albany, was cited for underpaying six of its workers while also making illegal deductions from their paychecks.  Wages, interest and civil penalties totaling $31,587 are owed by this employer.

Dave Barnes Auto Body and Repair, located at 203 Luzerne Rd in Queensbury, was cited for unpaid wages, recordkeeping violations and civil penalties totaling $25,374.  An Order to Comply was issued after repeated attempts by the Department of Labor to recoup this money on behalf of two of the repair shops' workers.

The Golden Corral Restaurant, located on 15 Old Gick Road in Saratoga Springs, had several labor law violations pertaining to the employment of minors.  The restaurant was assessed $4,250 in civil penalties for not allowing meal periods, employing minors without working papers, recordkeeping violations, and allowing minors to work excessive hours while school is in session. 

Commissioner Gardner continued, "Enforcement of labor laws level the playing field for law abiding businesses.  To employers still out there and still out of compliance: Get into compliance with the law right now or there will be consequences."

                 During the week of October 3, the Department of Labor's Division of Labor Standards issued 34 Orders to Comply against employers.  These totaled $528,290.79 in underpayments, interest, damages and penalties for violations of minimum wage, overtime, wage payment, recordkeeping and other labor laws.

During the same week, the Department learned that 12 judgments were entered in court against employers, totaling $794,908.95 in underpayments, interest, damages, and penalties. These judgments were obtained by the Division of Labor Standards and were for violations of minimum wage, overtime, wage payment, recordkeeping and other labor laws.  They are final court judgments that, in most cases, were issued after Orders to Comply were ignored by these employers. 

Every Wednesday, the Department of Labor publishes a list of labor law violations, money owed to workers and judgments against employers on its blog. For a complete listing of all Orders to Comply and Judgments for the week of October 3, please visit The Labor Buzz at http://laborbuzz.labor.ny.gov/?p=6043.

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During the week of October 3, three Western New York employers were ordered by the Department of Labor to comply with state labor laws.  In two of the three cases, these Orders to Comply were issued after repeated attempts by the Department of Labor to get these employers in compliance with state labor laws.  Orders to Comply are final Administrative Orders of the Commissioner of Labor.  Employers have sixty days to appeal them to the Industrial Board of Appeals.

                "These are three very different businesses in Western New York with one thing in common: each of them is in violation of state labor laws," said State Labor Commissioner Colleen C. Gardner.  "The ball's in their court now.  We're willing to work with them if they're willing to get into compliance and pay their workers every cent they are owed."

Buffalo Security and Investigation, located at 3960 Harlem Road in Amherst, was investigated by the Department of Labor in response to numerous complaints of unpaid wages.  Labor Department investigators found that when workers were paid, they were often paid late or had difficulty cashing their checks.  The company was cited for wage underpayments, minimum wage violations and civil penalties totaling $21,271.  An Order to Comply was issued after repeated attempts by the Department of Labor to recoup this money on behalf of 12 of its workers.

Monarch Resolutions, a debt collection agency located in Amherst, cheated one of its salespeople out of commissions and bonuses.  The employee was then terminated and was not notified of the exact day benefits would be cancelled.  The Labor Department cited the company for $5,661 in wages, interest and penalties. 

                United Refining Company (T/A Kwik Fill), located at 1779 Clinton St. in Buffalo, did not allow its employees to take meal periods as required by law.  State labor law requires that employees working a shift of more than six hours must have an uninterrupted lunch period of at least half an hour between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  The company was fined $3,000 in civil penalties. 

Commissioner Gardner continued, "Enforcement of labor laws level the playing field for law abiding businesses.  To employers still out there and still out of compliance: Get into compliance with the law right now or there will be consequences."

                 During the week of October 3, the Department of Labor's Division of Labor Standards issued 34 Orders to Comply against employers.  These totaled $528,290.79 in underpayments, interest, damages and penalties for violations of minimum wage, overtime, wage payment, recordkeeping and other labor laws.

During the same week, 12 judgments were entered in court against employers, totaling $794,908.95 in underpayments, interest, damages and penalties. These judgments were obtained by the Division of Labor Standards and were for violations of minimum wage, overtime, wage payment, recordkeeping and other labor laws.  They are final court judgments that, in most cases, were issued after Orders to Comply were ignored by these employers. 

Every Wednesday, the Department of Labor publishes a list of labor law violations, money owed to workers and judgments against employers on its blog. For a complete listing of all Orders to Comply and Judgments for the week of October 3, please visit The Labor Buzz at http://laborbuzz.labor.ny.gov/?p=6043.

 

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