Partners settles federal suit on back wages for $7 million

The New York Times reports:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is investigating pay practices throughout the health care industry after finding that many hospitals and nursing homes do not pay proper overtime to nurses and other employees who work more than 40 hours a week…In Boston, the Partners HealthCare System agreed to pay 700 employees more than $2.7 million in overtime back wages to resolve a lawsuit by the department alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards ActPartners HealthCare, in Boston, contacted the Labor Department after realizing that some affiliates might have violated the law. Employees often worked at more than one Partners hospital or clinic in the same week, but the company did not combine the hours worked at different sites to determine if overtime was due.

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