Many individuals in Minnesota may be LinkedIn users, but they may not be aware the company must pay wages and damages to workers in four states. Most of the 359 workers who were not correctly compensated for hours worked, including overtime, were part of the sales department.
LinkedIn has blamed the error on a lack of tools appropriate for managers and employees to track hours and says that they were already working on the problem before the U.S. Department of Labor announced on Aug. 4 that the company would be required to pay a total of $6 million, including $2.52 million in damages and $3.35 million in overtime.
LinkedIn is also training its employees to ensure that everyone is compliant and is distributing its overtime policy to staff. According to a Department of Labor representative, employees working extra hours for no pay is too common, and employees need to know about their rights. There are state and federal overtime laws that pertain to non-exempt employees.
Individuals should be aware that both large and small increments of time should be paid for. For example, a cashier might have duties involving counting and locking up cash at the end of a shift, but even if it is only 10 minutes per day, the worker must be paid for that time. Companies that require their employees to work additional hours may also owe those employees time-and-a-half overtime pay.
An individual who has been working off the clock or extra hours without overtime may want to consult an attorney. They may be eligible for back pay and damages, and working without pay may be a problem for others in the company as well.
Source: Business Week, “LinkedIn Pays $6 Million for Unpaid Overtime, Damages“, Sarah Frier, August 04, 2014