US Labor Department Recovers Over $176,000 in Back Wages For Cable Installers And Technicians In Western North Carolina

Hickory, NC (CompNewsNetwork) - Connect Cable Contractors Inc. has agreed to pay $176,600 in back wages to 253 
employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, which uncovered 
violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The company provides cable installation for telephone, television and Internet service in the Asheville, Boone, 
Hickory and surrounding areas of western North Carolina

“Employees covered by the FLSA must be paid for all hours worked, including proper calculation of overtime 
payments when they work more than 40 hours in a week,” said Richard Blaylock, the Wage and Hour Division's 
district director in Raleigh, N.C. “Anything less denies workers of the wages they have worked hard for and 

The investigation determined that installers and service technicians were paid piece rates based on jobs 
performed. While weekly pay averaged between $500 and $1,000, the workers did not receive overtime when working 
more than 40 hours in a week. Additionally, time spent traveling to jobsites, in the company's warehouse, 
attending company-required meetings and inputting data into the company's information system were not included 
when calculating all hours worked for the employees.

The FLSA requires that employers must maintain accurate time and payroll records. Covered employees must 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. Earnings may be 
determined on a piece-rate, salary, commission, or some other basis, but in all such cases the overtime pay due 
must be computed using the employee's average hourly rate.

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