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By Updated: April 22, 2019 12:41 PM CT | Published: April 19, 2019 4:18 PM CT
  • Vaccine distributor to pay $1.65 million in back wages, benefits
  • Lake District announces two new tenants 
  • Memphis Zoo granted AZA accreditation 

Vaccine distributor to pay $1.65 million in back wages, benefits

A California-based vaccine distribution firm will pay $1.65 million in back wages and benefits to 515 employees in three locations, including Memphis.

McKesson Specialty Distribution LLC, a division of McKesson Corp., discovered and self-reported the violations to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, according to the Labor Department. Along with the Memphis facility, the violations occurred in LaVergne, Tennessee, and Aurora, Colorado.

McKesson has a contract with the Centers for Disease Control to distribute vaccines through the Vaccines for Children program. Labor officials said McKesson failed to pay the wage rate required by the contract, which then resulted in the company failing to pay the correct overtime rate. McKesson also fell short on paying required fringe benefits for workers on the contract.

“McKesson Specialty Distribution made every effort to correct violations once they identified their errors,” Nettie Lewis, the Wage and Hour Division district director in Nashville, said in a release.

-Kate Crawford

Lake District announces two new tenants 

Elite Total Health Walk-In Clinic and Neighborhood Barre, a boutique fitness studio, were announced Friday as the newest tenants of the upcoming upscale, mixed-use development, The Lake District.

The tenants will join Brick House Fitness in the “Wellness Center” located in Phase 1 of the development, said Lake District owner, Yehuda Netanel in a release.

“Residents and visitors of The Lake District will experience a life of fulfillment,” Netanel said in a release. “We’re creating a picturesque environment to enjoy delicious food, curated retail, engaging event programming, fine living, and a culture of health and wellness. We’re delighted to be working with companies that share our vision of excellence.”  

In addition to new additions and Brick House Fitness, The Lake District’s tenants include Memphis BBQ Co., Frida’s Restaurante Mexicano, Starbucks, Malco Theatres, a 6,000-square-foot Wine and Liquor Store, Gould’s Salon and Spa, Gloss Nail Bar, The Stock Market grocery, Osaka Japanese Cuisine and Hollywood Feed, among others still to be announced. 

Phase 1 of the development, which is now 95% percent leased according to director of development Maggie Gallagher, is set to open by the 2020 holiday season.

Gallagher also said Phase 2 is now underway, and more "exciting" announcements on the development are to made be made in the near future.

-Natalie Martin

Memphis Zoo granted AZA accreditation 

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced Thursday Memphis Zoo has been granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.

To be accredited, Memphis Zoo, which has been an accredited AZA member since 1974, underwent a thorough review to make certain it has met ever-rising standards in animal care and welfare, veterinary programs, conservation, education and safety.

“Only the very best zoos and aquariums can meet AZA’s accreditation standards for animal care and conservation, which are universally acknowledged as the ‘gold-standard’ within the zoological profession,” AZA president and CEO Dan Ashe said in a release. “By achieving accreditation, Memphis Zoo demonstrates a commitment to protecting animals around the world and inspiring their guests to do the same.”

AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years to be members of the association. 

-Natalie Martin


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