A Stoneham company that operates more than 60 Dunkin Donut stores in Massachusetts, including in Fall River, has paid a $60,000 penalty for failure to comply with the state’s Earned Sick Time Law, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Friday.
In a settlement agreement with the attorney general’s office, Jose S. Couto, manager of Couto Management Group, LLC and president of Rockland Donuts, Inc., has agreed to pay a required penalty for failing to provide notice to employees about their rights under the law.
“We’re counting on all businesses to inform their workers about their right to sick time,” Healey said in prepared remarks. “That’s especially important where workers are handling food. We’re glad to have resolved this matter to ensure that 2,000 Massachusetts workers will be able to take the sick time they earn.”
The attorney general’s office said it began an investigation after receiving a complaint from an employee at a Roslindale Dunkin Donuts operated by the employer. Couto Management Group has approximately 2,000 employees across all stores in Massachusetts.
Healey said the investigation revealed that the Couto Management Gruop failed to provide individual notice to employees about earned sick time. The law requires employers to provide a hard copy or electronic notice to employees of the law’s requirements or include an earned sick time policy or allowable substitute paid leave policy in any employee manual or handbook.
The case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Lisa Price and Investigator Kevin Shanahan, both of Healey’s Fair Labor Division.
By Brian Fraga
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