Legacy Hospitals Face more than $5 Million in Civil Penalties for Meal and Rest Period Violations

October 08, 2018

Legacy Meridian Park Hospital, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center and Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center have each received separate Notices of Intent to Assess Civil Penalties that could total $5,156,000 in civil penalties for allegations of 5,156 meal and rest period violations. The Notices are the findings of Wage and Hour Division investigations. The State is assessing $1,000 per violation, the maximum penalty, alleging that the violations were willful because management knew or should have known about meal and rest period requirements and failed to comply with the law. Under Oregon law, employers must provide one 30-minute unpaid meal break to anyone working a shift of six hours or more, and two paid 10-minute rest breaks in an eight-hour shift and three such breaks in any shift longer than 10 hours. SESCO has a long history of ensuring that employers are compliant with federal and state wage and hour requirements. If employers have any questions or concerns about their pay practices, we recommend they contact us to ensure compliance.