June 20, 2019
LANSING – Six Beaumont Affiliated Health and Rehabilitation Centers in the metro-Detroit area — managed by Premier Healthcare Management Inc. in Bloomfield Hills — were found to be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Investigators found the facilities failed to pay employees for time they worked during their meal breaks, and before and after their scheduled shifts. The employer automatically deducted meal breaks from employees' work time but, in fact, workers were often unable to take those breaks. Work performed prior to and after employees' scheduled shifts was neither recorded nor paid for.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of Labor's dedication to ensuring Michigan workers are paid the wages they earn.
“I applaud the Department of Labor’s dedication to ensuring workers are paid the wages they earn. Too often, Michigan workers are subject to workplace violations such as nonpayment of wages. This investigation resulted in the payment of nearly $1 million in back wages to 1,389 hardworking individuals, providing additional training to employees, and conducting quarterly payroll reviews to ensure these violations do not happen again. Our Payroll Fraud Enforcement Unit stands ready to assist DOL in any way it needs to continue protecting Michigan workers.”