Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced in a news release, home health and nanny company Loving Care Home Services, Inc., based in Lake Elmo, must pay $39,321 — $1,334 in regular wages, $17,197 in unpaid overtime wages, and $20,790 in statutory damages — to 60 employees to compensate them for failure to pay them all the wages they were owed on time.
“Employers must pay employees all the wages they’ve earned — including overtime wages — and pay them on time. No one should take home any less,” Ellison said. “I’m pleased that Loving Care Home Services was willing to cooperate with my office and to make things right with its workers. I hope that the damages these employees receive help repair some of the damage they experienced by not getting every dollar they were owed under the law on time.”
Loving Care Home Services is a Minnesota-based company that employs workers in the home health and nanny industries, the press release states. The Attorney General’s Office launched an investigation into Loving Care Home Services after receiving complaints from Loving Care workers that they had not received overtime wages despite sometimes working well above both the 40-hour federal threshold and the 48-hour Minnesota threshold for overtime wages. As a result of the settlement, affected workers will receive their full back wages owed as well as the statutory damages to which they are entitled by Minnesota law.
The settlement also requires Loving Care Home Services to put a written overtime policy in place and to comply with Minnesota’s recordkeeping requirements for employers.
Workers with concerns or complaints about systematic violations of state and federal wage laws can contact the Attorney General’s Office through its online complaint form or by calling 651-296-3353 or 800-657-3787.