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Illinois Company Repays $292K In Wages To 462 NY Employees

Durham School Services

New York officials say an Illinois-based school bus company has returned nearly $292,000 in wages to underpaid employees across the upstate region.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that state Labor Department investigators determined Durham School Services underpaid the workers the minimum wage they were owned.

The investigation began when officials with Service Employees International Union Local 200 notified the agency of possible violations at the Durham location in Syracuse.

The probe determined the Warrenville, Illinois-based firm underpaid 462 workers at the company's operations from Rochester to the Hudson Valley.

The company admitted it was a mistake caused by missing a change in New York state's minimum wage rate when it rose on Dec. 31, 2013, from $7.25 to $8.

(C) 2015 AP

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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