Multiple U.S. Labor Department Actions Highlight Unpaid Overtime and Other Wage and Hour Problems in California’s Healthcare Industry Healthcare workers face many challenges. Increasingly, extremely long hours are one of them. Losing one's "work-life" balance is one problem; it's quite another to put in those extra long hours and then not get the overtime pay you deserve. If you're a healthcare worker in California who's been denied proper overtime compensation, you should get in touch with an experienced San Mateo wage and hour lawyer. A ccording to an April 2022 National Nurses United survey, nearly two-thirds (64.5%) of hospital nurses responded that their employers used "excessive overtime" to staff their facilities. On top of that, there's the plight that some in-home care providers and assisted living workers face, in which their employers illegally fail to compensate them for the overtime hours they worked. In fact, just since February, the U.S. Labor Department has recovered nearly a half-million dollars from two Bay Area healthcare employers based on their overtime violations. The first of the two involved a home care entity based in southern Napa County. In that circumstance, the employer violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in two ways. First, it didn't pay its workers for all the hours they worked in excess of 40 per week, as it failed "to count workers’ hours funded and paid by the State of California’s In-Home Supportive Services program as hours worked." Additionally, the employer paid the workers straight time for all of the hours they worked, making the workers sign an agreement where they consented to receive only straight time for as much as 160 hours per pay period, according to the DOL. In total, the DOL found that the company owed $315K in back wages to 158 of its workers.