Unpaid overtime costs Massachusetts company $31,000

April 6, 2016 -  By

Green Paradise Landscaping in Shrewsbury, Mass., will pay more than $31,000 in restitution and penalties to resolve violations of the state’s wage and hour laws.

“This business failed to pay its employees the appropriate wages they earned,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. “Our office will continue to work to address wage theft in all of its forms and make sure that all employees in Massachusetts are paid what they are owed.”

After the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division investigated Green Paradise Landscaping and owner Bruno Amaral, it determined that the company failed to pay the appropriate overtime rate to nine employees during multiple pay periods between April 2012 and December 2014. The unpaid overtime wages amounted to more than $24,000.

Amaral also misclassified employees as independent contractors, failed to maintain true and accurate payroll records and failed to issue suitable pay stubs, according to the attorney general’s office. The company couldn’t be reached for comment.

Under the agreed terms of settlement, Amaral admits to unintentional violations and will pay more than $31,000 in restitution.

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