2018-01-17 / Front Page

Stonerise to pay back wages in labor case

by Kate Shunney

The Charleston-based nursing home company that operates the Berkeley Springs Center has reached an agreement with federal labor officials over alleged overtime pay violations.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Stonerise Healthcare LLC must pay $61,840 in back wages and $61,840 in liquidated damages to 498 workers at 16 of their facilities in West Virginia.

The federal labor agency said their investigation found Stonerise had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to properly calculate overtime rates for employees. Because the company didn’t include bonus payments in employees’ regular rates of pay, their time-and-a-half pay was lower than it should have been.

The payments will be made to employees working in Berkeley Springs, Morgantown, Kingwood, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Parkersburg, Belmont, Keyser, Martinsburg, Charleston, Princeton, Beckley, Rainelle, Lindside, Ronceverte and Wellsburg.

The Berkeley Springs Center, formerly Autumn Acres Nursing Home on Autumn Acres Road, is a 120-bed skilled nursing center for short and long-term patients.

“We are committed to ensuring that employees receive the wages they have rightfully earned,” said Wage and Hour District Director John DuMont. “We are also committed to ensuring that employers who fail to comply with the law do not gain an unfair competitive advantage over those who do.”

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