DOL Investigation Finds Colorado County Failed to Pay Law Enforcement Officers for Pre-and-Post Shift Work

An investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has found that the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office violated the FLSA by not paying law enforcement officers for the time spent working before and after scheduled work shifts. The FLSA requires employers pay overtime eligible employees for all hours worked. This includes time spent before and after assigned work shifts participating in pre-shift briefings, finishing paperwork at the end of a shift, and other shift-change type activities. As a result of this investigation, the DOL has ordered the County to pay 40 employees almost $70,000 in back wages.

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