Valley Hospital Has to Make Payments to Employees for Unpaid Overtime and Meal Breaks

Valley Baptist Medical Center in Brownsville and Harlingen was forced to issue checks this month to some of its employees after a two-year investigation by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor concluded the hospital failed to pay for overtime and unused meal breaks.

The DOL ordered VBMC to issue the reimbursements based on provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The reimbursements covered only the period between March 2009 and March 2011 because of a two-year statute of limitations that applies to recovery of back wages under the law.

According to a newspaper report, VBMC officials would not say how many em-ployees were involved or how much money was reimbursed.

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