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    QuikTrip to Pay $750,000 in Back Pay

    Management said computer error caused some employees to be underpaid.

    TULSA, Okla. -- QuikTrip Corp. will pay nearly $750,000 in overtime back wages for 3,819 current and former employees in nine states, following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor that found the c-store chain violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

    QuikTrip failed to pay its employees overtime compensation they were entitled to receive, the Department of Labor said Monday. The chain did not pay additional overtime premiums due on performance-related bonuses.

    QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told the St. Louis Business Journal that an internal computer error caused some of its employees to be overpaid and others underpaid. The company will let employees who were overpaid keep the money, he said, and it will pay those who were underpaid.

    Federal law doesn’t require an employer to provide a bonus, but if the employer pays a nondiscretionary bonus, then the bonus must be included as part of the employee’s regular pay rate for computing overtime, the agency said in. The FLSA requires covered employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage—now $7.25 an hour—and receive overtime at one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for hours worked beyond 40 a week. Effective July 24, the minimum wage increased to $7.25 an hour. Employers also must maintain accurate time and payroll records, the newspaper noted.

    Among the states involved in the investigation were Missouri, Illinois, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

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