On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced that it had entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with Airline Services Limited (ASL), a company that provides ground handling services for airlines at SFO. This agreement followed an investigation into ASL`s practices by the airport`s internal audit team and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Under the agreement, ASL will pay $75,000 to SFO, implement a compliance program, and cooperate fully with any ongoing or future investigations. In exchange, SFO will defer prosecution for two years, after which time the charges will be dismissed if ASL has complied with all terms of the agreement.
The investigation found that ASL had violated SFO`s minimum wage requirements for airport workers, resulting in underpaid wages for ASL employees. The investigation also found that ASL had failed to maintain accurate records of employee work hours and had falsified records to hide noncompliance with wage and hour laws.
The deferred prosecution agreement represents a step forward for SFO in ensuring that all airport workers are treated fairly and receive the wages and benefits they are entitled to under the law. It also demonstrates the airport`s commitment to holding companies operating on its premises accountable for compliance with labor laws and other regulations.
As part of its compliance program, ASL will implement policies and procedures to ensure timely payment of wages, proper recordkeeping, and accurate reporting of work hours. It will also train its managers and staff on compliance with wage and hour laws and will provide regular reporting to SFO on its progress in meeting the terms of the agreement.
SFO and ASL both emphasized their commitment to maintaining a strong and positive business relationship, with SFO stating that it “values its relationship with ASL and looks forward to continuing to work together to enhance the passenger experience at SFO.”
In conclusion, the deferred prosecution agreement between SFO and ASL represents an important step forward in ensuring fair treatment of airport workers and holding companies accountable for compliance with labor laws. The agreement serves as a reminder to all companies operating on airport premises of the importance of complying with all applicable regulations and maintaining accurate records.