Stephan Zouras, LLP Represents Vanguard Home Health Nurses and Therapists in Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit

Thursday, July 14 - 2016

Stephan Zouras, LLP represents Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists who have worked more than 40 hours in a workweek but did not receive overtime pay because they have been misclassified as “exempt” under federal and state wage laws.   Many hospitals, medical institutions and home health agencies pay home health nurses and therapists on a “per visit” basis for patient visits and an “hourly” basis for other work.  This type of “hybrid” compensation scheme is unlawful, and does not excuse the employer from paying overtime as required by federal and state wage laws.  
 
On July 14, 2016 Stephan Zouras, LLP filed a class and collective action on behalf of current and former Vanguard Home Care nurses and therapists.  Because the home health nurses and therapists were paid for their work on a combination of a “per visit” basis for time spent visiting patients and hourly basis for other work, they contend they were not paid on a legally-recognized salary or fee basis and thus, entitled to overtime for all time worked in excess of 40 hours in given workweeks.  If you work or worked for Vanguard Home Care and would like more information on your rights contact us or click here to join the case.
 
Stephan Zouras, LLP recently received approval of a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of a class of home health care clinicians who worked for one of the largest health systems in Illinois.  In addition to Vanguard home health care clinicians, Stephan Zouras currently represents home health nurses and therapists who work or formerly worked for Advocate, Alexian Brothers, Ascension Health, and Residential Home Health.  In addition, Stephan Zouras is investigating similar claims nationwide against a number of institutions, including Tenet Healthcare, Adventist Home Health, Addus HomeCare, Bayada, Spectrum Home Health and others.  To read about one of our cases in the news, click here.
 
All too often, employers try to take advantage of their employees by not properly compensating them for overtime worked in violation of federal and state law. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay employees 1 ½ times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 each workweek unless they are properly classified as "exempt."  The law requires the employer to satisfy very strict and specific requirements to properly classify an employee as an exempt professional, executive, administrator or some other recognized category of exemption.  Most states have comparable laws of their own.

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