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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Natha Singh, owner of four gasoline corporations that operate 12 gasoline stations located throughout New Jersey, agreed to pay $57,389.48 in back wages to 32 workers after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation identified violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at all 12 locations, NJToday.net reported.
The FLSA requires covered employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage, as well as one and one-half times their regular rates of pay for hours worked over 40 per week. The investigation, conducted as part of the division's ongoing gas station enforcement initiative, found that Singh paid employees straight time for hours worked in excess of 40 per week and did not maintain proper recordkeeping.
"It is important for employers to fully understand their obligations under the law to ensure all employees are compensated properly," said Joseph Petrecca, director of the Wage and Hour Division's Northern New Jersey District Office in the report.
Over the past three years, the Wage and Hour Division's Northern New Jersey District Office conducted 52 investigations as part of its gas station enforcement initiative, resulting in $443,198.36 in back wages recovered for 185 mostly low-wage workers, the report stated.