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CHG Medical Staffing Must Include Travel Pay in Overtime Rates

May 18, 2020, 7:27 PM

CHG Medical Staffing Inc. owes unpaid wages and liquidated damages to more than 500 traveling nurses and technicians, after a California federal court ruled that their weekly per diems should have been included in their overtime calculations.

The per diems are compensation for work, not reasonable reimbursements for travel expenses, because CHG adjusts them based on how many hours the traveling employees worked in a given week, Judge Dale A. Drozd of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California said May 15.

Although the Ninth Circuit hasn’t yet addressed the issue, the First, Fifth, and Eighth Circuits...

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