More than 1,000 employees of a Corona, California-based plumbing company will receive $900,000 in back wages following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.
Investigators alleged that Executive Plumbing failed to properly record work hours and calculate overtime pay.
The Wage and Hour Division says that Executive Plumbing paid employees on a piece-rate basis that did not track total hours worked. The system also did not establish a regular rate of pay for overtime calculations or include certain production bonuses as part of base pay when figuring overtime, according to investigators. The department says the law allows a piece-rate system if it is implemented correctly.
Executive Plumbing specializes in plumbing installation for new housing construction. Employees, who worked out of company offices in Corona , San Diego , Palm Springs and Las Vegas , will receive the back pay for work performed between January 2003 and January 2005.