Michigan company to pay overtime after federal investigation
OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor says a Michigan truck accessories manufacturer has agreed to pay back wages owed to 134 employees.
The department says Rugged Liner Inc. will pay $308,111 to the workers after an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division found the company violated overtime and record-keeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Officials say the Owosso-based company automatically deducted 30 minutes from some employees’ work time regardless of whether they took their meal breaks.
Other violations included failing to pay employees for time worked before or after their shifts and failing to include some bonus payments when calculating workers’ rates for overtime.
Rugged Liner’s parent company, Truck Hero Inc. of Ann Arbor, said it acquired Rugged Liner in 2016 and received the complaint shortly afterward. Truck Hero said it worked with the federal agency to resolve the matter and was pleased with the outcome.