Errors in calculating overtime for workers at a Nashville country club led the US Department of Labor to recover $ 93,750 in back wages and damages for 12 workers, the federal agency said on Monday. .
An investigation recovered money for 12 workers who provided lessons, merchandise sales and equipment services to members and guests of the Belle Meade Country Club.
According to a federal press release, investigators from the department’s wages and hours division found that the country club did not include commission payments when they calculated overtime for employees who worked more than 40 hours per work week.
Belle Meade over the years
In doing so, the agency reported, the country club paid overtime at rates lower than legally permitted, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
A spokesperson for the country club could not be reached immediately for comment.
“Employers who pay commissions, production bonuses and other incentives must include this income when calculating weekly overtime,” said Pamela Sullivan, acting district manager of the wages and hours division. “While employers may intend to offer non-exempt employees commission incentive payments, they must ensure that they comply with federal overtime laws when doing so. This case should encourage all employers to review their compensation practices and to contact the division with any questions in order to avoid violations.
For more information about the FLSA and other laws enforced by the division, contact the agency’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243).