Tom Johnson RV Agrees to Pay Back Wages
Tom Johnson Camping Center has agreed to pay $144,984 in back wages to its employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, according to WBTV-TV, Charlotte, N.C.
The company sells and provides maintenance of recreational vehicles, trailers and campers with locations in Concord and Marion, N.C.
Investigators with the Labor Department said the company violated provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and that back payments are due to 54 workers.
The Labor Department found that sales employees did not receive payment for the federal minimum wage for all the hours they worked. Investigators said employees who worked on commission did not receive pay in the weeks they did not make any sales, the Labor Department said in a written statement issued Thursday.
“This outcome should serve as a reminder to other employers to make sure they are familiar with the requirements of the law and careful about compliance so that workers are always properly paid for all hours worked,” said Richard Blaylock, district director of the Wage and Hour Division in Raleigh, N.C.
Under the FLSA, covered employees should be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 for all hours worked, plus time and one-half their regular rates of pay, including commissions, bonuses and incentive pay, for hours worked beyond 40 per week.
Although exempt from overtime provisions, the FLSA requires that commission sales workers, other than those engaged in outside sales, be paid at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked in a work week.