Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released the results of an investigation of Valley Veterinary Associates, 647 State Highway 7, in Unadilla, NY which was accused of not paying employees for overtime at a "time-and-a-half" pay rate which they were due. It was discovered that the employer only paid the regular hourly wage during employee overtime working hours.

In addition, the DOL uncovered employee working hour records that were inaccurate when it came to overtime hours work and compensation given to those employed there. Because of these infractions, the DOL has found Valley Veterinary Associates to be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime and recordkeeping requirements.

As a result of the investigation and payroll findings, Valley Veterinary Associates will have to pay a total of $90,869.96 in back wages to 39 employees affected by the clinic's deficient payroll compensation practices.

The Department of Labor invites anyone employed who believes they are not getting paid wages they have earned by their employer, you can contact the Wage and Hour Division at the U.S. Department of Labor to report it at 1-866-4-US-WAGE.

These 11 Upstate New York Restaurants Are Ready For Their Spotlight

These restaurants are all a bit "off the grid" but they are certainly deserving To be put on your Upstate road trip bucket list!. Some of these "hidden gems" may just end up being a favorite place of your to eat! The restaurants range from the Hudson Valley to the Adirondacks and to Niagara County in Western New York.

A Dozen Tasty New York Food Festivals to Sample This Summer

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A Fun Night at The Drive-In Theatre is Still Possible at These 21 Nostalgic Outdoor Movie Venues

In the 1950s there were more than 4,000 drive-in theatres popping up all over the United States. The decline of their popularity came in the late 1960s and early 1970s when their numbers dropped to about 350 nationwide. Later, with the advent of the "everything retro" movement, outdoor movie theaters made a comeback and today there are more than 500 in the United States.

We all have fond memories of jamming our cars full of kids on "one price per car" night, the buggy yellow fluorescent neon lights at the concession stand, the greasy and oh-so-satisfying drive-in food, and those awkward in-window car speakers.

Today, everything is modernized. But still a lot of fun. There are more than 50 drive-ins in New York State. Here is a list of 21 favorites.

Let us know if your own favorite didn't make the list!

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