Fort Collins nursery agrees to pay back wages to employees

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Harmony Gardens in Fort Collins has agreed to pay back wages to employees on March 19, 2014. (Credit: MGN Online)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Harmony Gardens in Fort Collins reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division to pay 72 employees $127,301 in back wages.

The investigation found Harmony Gardens was in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime and record-keeping provisions.

Harmony Gardens was found to have paid straight time for all hours worked and failed to pay overtime premiums. The company was also found to have kept inaccurate time and payroll records.

“Nursery employees who handle only products grown at the nursery are generally exempt from FLSA overtime requirements,” said Cynthia Watson, regional administrator for the Wage and Hour Division in the Southwest. “However, nursery employees who handle agricultural products grown elsewhere are generally entitled to overtime compensation at time and one-half their regular rates for hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek.”