UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, Mass., has paid $614,000 for uncompensated overtime work to hundreds of nurses after a U.S. Labor Department investigation. Investigators found that the 367 registered nurses at the hospital's University Campus in Worcester did not regularly take their 30-minute meal breaks, but the medical center automatically deducted the time from their pay. Since the nurses were paid hourly, they were entitled to time-and-a-half overtime pay, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. The investigation covered a period from July 2000 to July 2002. A spokesman for the hospital did not immediately comment on the investigation. -- by the Associated Press
Mass. hospital pays nurses for back overtime
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