Investigation finds federal labor law violations by San Mateo Co.

More than 100 social workers will share $1.7 million in overtime owed to them by the San Mateo County Human Services Agency.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found widespread violations in its review of the agency. Investigators determined that the county employees were paid overtime when they met with clients, but were not appropriately compensated when they worked more than 40 hours in a workweek to complete reports and other case-related paperwork.

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay one and one-half times the hourly rate when hours exceed 40 in a workweek. Investigators also found record-keeping violations by the county.

“These hardworking men and women, who spend long hours helping some of our most vulnerable and in-need members of society, must get paid for all the hours they work,” said Susana Blanco, the division district director in San Francisco. “To their credit, county officials said they would hire additional workers to reduce the need for overtime and would also implement changes in their record-keeping system.”

Source: Department of Labor

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