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Island Cow required to pay about $222K in back wages

The U.S. Department of Labor reported today that an investigation by its Wage and Hour Division of The Island Cow on Sanibel recovered $222,432 in back wages for 48 workers. The division’s investigators determined that The Island Cow violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by operating an unlawful tip pool, which required tipped employees to share earnings with non-tipped workers, including dishwashing assistants and kitchen expeditors. The employer also classified cooks, a bookkeeper and a bar manager incorrectly as exempt from overtime requirements, and paid them flat salaries regardless of the number of hours they worked. By doing so, The Island Cow violated the FLSA when it failed to pay the workers overtime when they exceeded 40 hours in a workweek. The employer also failed to maintain accurate records of the number of hours employees worked and of the wages paid to workers, ...

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News from around the region

Virtual Southwest Florida Reading Festival to kick off

The 22nd annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival in March will be a month-long, fully virtual celebration of the power of reading brought to the community by the Lee County Library System. Nearly 30 acclaimed authors will provide nightly programming on March 1-12. Other highlights include ...

Island Lifestyles

Obituaries

Nancy Jo Erickson-Carlile

Nancy Jo Erickson-Carlile, 84, of Sanibel, FL passed away February 28, 2021. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society

Letters to the Editor

Biking safety, and safely, on Sanibel

To the editor: Area media have recently reported on bicycle safety, noting that helmets are legally required for cyclists under age 16 but are a good idea for everyone, and Billy's Bicycles was quoted in an article stating that state law requires ages 15 and under to wear a helmet. I have ...

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Island Cow required to pay about $222K in back wages

The U.S. Department of Labor reported today that an investigation by its Wage and Hour Division of The Island Cow on Sanibel recovered $222,432 in back wages for 48 workers. The division’s investigators determined that The Island Cow violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by operating an ...