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Hopatcong trucking company employees to receive back pay

HOPATCONG -- A local trucking firm has agreed to pay $245,000 in back wages and will be prohibited from bidding on government contracts for three years under a consent order announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Although Dennis K. Walker Trucking Co. Inc. and a federal solicitor signed the document in early December, and it was approved by an administrative law judge earlier this year, the consent agreement was not announced until this week, when the Labor Department began distributing the back pay.

The complaint covers the two-year period between June 27, 2013, and June 26, 2015. It alleges that Walker Trucking Co. and its owner, Mary Walker, failed to pay the prevailing wage to 10 drivers, full health and welfare fringe benefits to 23 drivers, and full vacation benefits to eight drivers, as required by federal contracts.

The company was contracted by the U.S. Postal Service to haul mail and, under terms of the agreement, can finish its current contract, but is barred from any future government contracts for three years.

The Labor Department filed the complaint against the company; Mary Walker; the firm's manager, Dennis K. Walker Jr.; and D&M Leasing Corp., a subsidiary, after an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division.

As part of the investigation, the division found that the company failed to keep a record of the hours worked by employees.

A telephone listed for the firm, located at 6 Sparta-Stanhope Road, went unanswered Tuesday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the Labor Department said, "As far as we know, the company is still operating."

"The resolution of this case ensures that workers at this company were paid the wages we found they rightfully earned, ensuring a level playing field for other mail-haul contractors," said John Warner, director of the division's Northern New Jersey District Office.

The law used in the investigation applies to federal contracts worth more than $2,500 that provide services in the U.S. using service employees. Contractors and subcontractors performing on covered service contracts must pay their service workers no less than the wages and fringe benefits prevailing in the locality, or rates contained in a predecessor contractor's collective bargaining agreement.

Source of article click here : New Jersey Herald

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