Also: Restaurants face charges in wage and hour case
Smiley Things Resale Shoppe has opened at 338 Parque Drive, offering a wide assortment of merchandise in a 2,000-square-foot space. Owner Linda Smiley has been in the resale business for many years, setting up booths at various locations, and has now decided to open her how store.
“I love hunting for treasures,” she said.
A lot of her merchandise has been stored away and now that she has plenty of space, she had fun unpacking and displaying in her new shop.
“I forgot I had some of these things,” she said.
She’s not concerned that her business is not on a major roadway, saying if people like what you have, they’ll find you.
She said when she was trying to decide what to name her new business, friends told her people would call it “Smiley things” no matter what she named it.
Find her on Facebook at Smiley Things Resale Shoppe.
Restaurants charged with wage violations
After investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, Rios Rodriguez Enterprises Inc., owner of five Central Florida restaurants, will pay $83,577 in back wages to 91 employees for violating the minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to a June 12 press release from the U.S. Department of Labor. The employer also paid $21,266 in civil money penalties for repeated violations.
The investigations involved La Fiesta of Ormond Beach, La Fiesta of Port Orange, Saint Anejo Mexican Kitchen in Winter Springs, Agave Azul Mexican Cuisine in Orlando and Agave Azul Mexican Cuisine in Winter Park.
Investigators found the employer failed to pay tipped employees the federal minimum wage for all the hours that they worked. The employer also paid cooks flat salaries, without regard to the number of hours that they actually worked, which resulted in overtime violations. Also, the employer's practice of paying overtime after 80 hours in two workweeks, instead of after 40 hours in a single workweek, resulted in additional violations.
The employer also failed to maintain accurate payroll and time records.
"We encourage employers to contact their local Wage and Hour Division office for the resources available to explain their responsibilities and how to avoid violations," said Wage and Hour District Director Daniel White in Jacksonville.
Employers who discover overtime or minimum wage violations may self-report and resolve those violations without litigation, the press release stated
For information, call the toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243) or visit www.dol.gov/whd