Bonavente Corporation has agreed to pay past-due wages and damages to 34 workers at three of its nursing homes in Fresno after failing to pay overtime for three years.
The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that Bonavente will pay $13,784 to the workers for unpaid overtime, and an extra $13,784 in damages, after an investigation by the agency’s Wage and Hours Division that covered a period from February 2012 to January 2015. The agreement covers workers at the Bonavente ICF/DD-N Home and Bonavente Fremont Home, both in northwest Fresno, and the Bonavente Laureen Home in northeast Fresno.
The investigation determined that Bonavente violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying workers at 11/2 times their regular pay for hours beyond 40 hours in a work week to cover time spent in educational meetings or conferring during shift changes. Instead of paying overtime after 40 hours worked in a single week as required by the law, the company paid overtime for anything over 80 hours in a two-week period.
In addition to agreeing to pay the overtime and damages, Bonavente also agreed to improve its record-keeping and to make sure workers are aware of their rights under federal law.