A Florida-based roofing contractor paid $46,302 in back wages after a Department of Labor investigation found it to be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to the department's Wages and Hour Division, Crosier & Son Roofing Inc. in Gainesville, Fla., required workers to report at 6:45 a.m. to get their trucks and equipment prepared for the day’s work, but failed to pay them until they arrived at their first job site. The employer also failed to pay workers for the time spent returning trucks and equipment from job sites.

Investigators also found when the roofers worked more than 40 hours in a workweek, Crosier & Son did not record overtime hours in payroll, and paid overtime earnings in cash.

The actions of Crosier and Son Roofing Inc. led to violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and to the division’s recovery of $46,302 in back wages for 29 workers. This is the second Gainesville-area roofing company found in violation this year.

“Workers deserve to be paid all the wages earned for all the hours they work. When workers are required to complete any tasks before their shift begins, the workday begins at the start of those tasks and it continues through the completion of the last post-shift activity,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Wildalí De Jesús in Orlando, Fla. “We encourage other employers to use this investigation’s outcome as an opportunity to review their pay practices to avoid similar violations.”