The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating pay practices at the Charlotte-area Carolina Trail golf courses, following last week’s brief shutdown of one of the courses for unpaid taxes, an official said Monday.
The Birkdale Golf Club was shut down for two days last week by the N.C. Department of Revenue for $64,990 of unpaid taxes. The course reopened last Thursday after paying the taxes.
Following the closure, several employees at Birkdale and Skybrook golf clubs told the Observer that they haven’t been receiving regular wages or that their paychecks had bounced.
Mike D’Aquino, a spokesman for the Department of Labor, confirmed that the agency is looking into pay practices at the Carolina Trail courses, which include Birkdale and Skybrook.
“I can confirm that there is an active investigation,” said D’Aquino, in an email. He said he could not disclose any details.
Jeff Silverstein, owner of the seven Carolina Trail courses, didn’t respond to a message seeking comment Monday. Last week, he told the Observer that his golf courses were all up to date on their payrolls, but declined to discuss specifics.
This isn’t the first time Silverstein’s Charlotte-area courses have run into trouble with the DOL. In January, the agency announced Silverstein had paid 347 employees a total of $758,465 worth of back wages and unpaid overtime after an investigation of the Carolina Trail courses.
That investigation, which covered the four months from July through November last year, found that the golf courses had missed “several payrolls,” according to a statement from the agency.
The DOL said Silverstein’s company, Carolina Trail Golf Partners, agreed to comply with federal labor laws going forward.
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