Florida DCF Found to Have Violated Overtime Laws by Department of Labor

Apparently, its not only private employers in Florida that don’t comply with overtime requirements, the State of Florida has also now been found to be guilty of such violations.  Nice work Rick Scott, keep up your excellent leadership!

For the second time in six years, a federal investigation has found the Florida Department of Children and Families violated labor laws by causing its employees to work overtime that went unrecorded and unpaid.

The U.S. Labor Department charges that between 2008 and 2010, the state agency asked child services investigators in its Miami and Northeast Florida regional offices to perform tasks they couldn’t complete within an eight-hour work day, according to documents obtained by The Ledger through public records requests.

Federal auditors concluded the resulting unrecorded and unpaid overtime hours worked by DCF employees violates the Fair Labor Standards Act, the records show.

The tasks DCF managers asked child-services investigators to perform included traveling, interviewing clients by phone and doing paperwork from their homes to meet performance standards. Auditors found the employees could not finish the tasks within an eight-hour day, leading to work unrecorded overtime.

The Department of Labor Report finds many other violations of overtime laws by Florida DCF and will be seeking to bring it in compliance as well as paying back wages to current and former employees.

If you believe you are owed overtime by your employer or back wages, go the to U.S Department of Labor or speak with a lawyer that handles wage theft issues such as Scott Behren and the Behren Law Firm.


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  • porter

    does this also effect Pinellas county? Big problems here as well.

    • Tanya

      Same problems at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families

      The Department recognizes if caseloads are above 75%; working 60 hours per week is not enough time to complete all caseload demands. However, the Department continues to demand the work is completed with minimal overtime. Staff is consistently over 75% but getting approval for overtime is nerve wrecking and barriers are implemented to prevent paying overtime. If the work is not completed staff is given a Memorandum of Expectations or threatened with getting a Memorandum of Expectations by their superiors which could negatively reflect on the Performance Appraisal (Unconscionable).

      My coworkers and I have worked through breaks, lunch, after hours, while on vacation and medical leave, etc., in order to meet the increased caseload demands without being compensated for our time. This is a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act as well as the Department of Children and Families own policies.

      Two years after the completion of the time study, nothing has changed. The Department has the attitude we don’t care how the work is completed, as long as it gets done.