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Operator of hostels settles case

The company is faulted for improperly compensating workers with lodging on Oahu

By Allison Schaefers

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 04, 2014

~~<p>Pacific Ohana Hostel Corp., which operates two Oahu hostels, has agreed to pay $125,000 in back wages and damages to 86 employees following an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor.</p>
<p>Investigators found that the company, which operates Pacific Ohana Hostel on Lemon Road in Waikiki, Island Hostel near Ala Moana Center and Adventures on 2 Wheels, predominantly compensated workers with free lodging in exchange for labor. While Hawaii employers may take a credit for providing lodging, they may not profit from taking that credit and must maintain records showing how they calculated the costs. Investigators determined the value of the lodging was insufficient to equate to the minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour.</p>
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Pacific Ohana Hostel Corp., which operates two Oahu hostels, has agreed to pay $125,000 in back wages and damages to 86 employees following an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor.

Investigators found that the company, which operates Pacific Ohana Hostel on Lemon Road in Waikiki, Island Hostel near Ala Moana Center and Adventures on 2 Wheels, predominantly compensated workers with free lodging in exchange for labor. While Hawaii employers may take a credit for providing lodging, they may not profit from taking that credit and must maintain records showing how they calculated the costs. Investigators determined the value of the lodging was insufficient to equate to the minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour. Login for more...



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