Am. Samoa Education Dept. Cited For Failing To Pay Overtime

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U.S. Dept. of Labor rules ASDOE under-payed 60 employees

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, Jan. 10, 2015) – The U.S. Department of Labor has cited the local Education Department (ASDOE) for not paying overtime wages to more than sixty employees in the technology and transportation divisions.

In a media statement late Thursday afternoon, the USDOL announced that ASDOE has agreed to pay $17,430 in overtime wages to 20 workers and 6,675 hours of paid leave to an additional 44 workers who can use the hours as compensation for unpaid overtime hours of work in the future.

During its investigation, the USDOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found that ASDOE paid bus drivers and technology department employees only for their scheduled weekly hours regardless of hours actually worked.

By doing so, overtime hours worked were underreported, the federal agency says.

"Certain post shift activities, such as transporting school children to extra-curricular events, also were paid separately without contemplation of an overtime premium, as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act," said Terence Trotter, the division's district director in Hawaii.

Trotter says the federal agency appreciates the American Samoa Government's full cooperation in resolving this matter.

Over the years, bus drivers have complained to lawmakers that their overtime has not been paid when they are working after hours - taking students to after school events such as football games.

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