A group home operator in Maryland has been ordered to pay back wages and liquidated damages of $933,284 to its caregivers, and a $16,716 civil money penalty to the U.S. Department of Labor because the operator “willfully” violated wage and overtime rules in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The consent order applies to 27 direct care workers at four group homes located in Columbia, Fulton, and Mount Airy operated by International Health Care Consultants Inc. (IHCC). The organization paid sub-minimum wages for 12-hour shifts and 24-hour shifts, and for 24-hour shifts . . .
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