Residential healthcare company ordered to pay employees $121,000 – Macomb Daily

A residential health care company with four Macomb County facilities under prescription paid $120,000 for missing overtime employees, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Advantage Consulting and Education Services — doing business as Advantage Living Centers — paid $121,525 in overtime for 640 employees working at 11 facilities, including four located in three Macomb communities in Armada, Roseville and Warren, officials said. DOL in a press release.

The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division determined that the company was paying non-discretionary bonuses to employees for perfect attendance, working in the COVID-19 isolation unit and mentoring and training new employees. But it did not include bonuses in an employee’s pay rate when calculating overtime rates, officials said.

“Overtime rates should be calculated on an employee’s average hourly rate of pay, including any non-discretionary bonuses paid,” said Angela Telang, acting district director of wages and hours, Detroit. “The Wages and Hours Division offers assistance to employers and workers to help accurately calculate overtime pay rates.”

The company operates Rhema Armada Village Operating and Rhema Armada Operating out of one location at 22600 W. Main St., Armada, where it paid 70 employees about $7,500; Rhema Roseville Operating at 25375 Kelly Road, Roseville, where 55 employees are paid approximately $9,500; and Rhema Warren operating at 12250 12 Mile Rd., Warren, where 57 workers are paid $6,775, according to the DOL.

Other facilities where employees were paid are located in Detroit, Harper Woods, Southgate and Redford.

Workers and employers with questions can contact the division’s toll-free hotline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243), or go to dol.gov/agencies/whd.

Barbara M. Stokes