U-Save supermarket under Labor Department investigation
TAMPA - One of Tampa's well-known discount grocery stores is under new scrutiny for its payroll practices. The U.S. Department of Labor has opened a formal investigation of U-Save Supermarket grocery stores over whether employees were paid correctly. Department of Labor spokesman Michael Wald declined to provide many details, but he did confirm the investigation began recently this year and relates to allegations of minimum wage and overtime rule violations. Typically, such investigations focus on service industries such as restaurants, but they can focus on any corporation with hourly paid workers.For instance, probes can focus on whether a company is properly accounting for tips, or if a company has employees working off the clock that should be paid overtime wages. Wald declined to say which locations could be targets of the probe, rather, he said the DOL was looking at the entire fleet of U-Save locations across Florida. Tampa has several U-Save locations, including one on West Hillsborough Avenue in Town n' Country and one at Waters Avenue and Hanley Road. A half-dozen others are located across Florida in Ft. Myers, Lake Okeechobee and Homestead. For many years, B&B Cash Grocery Stores of Tampa operated about a dozen U-Save Supermarket locations in Florida, but officials with the company headquarters say they no longer have an ownership stake. Local U-Save store managers referred questions to a U-Save headquarters in Ft. Myers, but officials there did not return messages seeking comment.
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