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What do courts consider when deciding whether to approve an overtime settlement?

In a lawsuit brought by employees against their employer seeking back wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), it is common for parties to present a proposed settlement to the court…

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When are liquidated damages proper in an overtime case?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), which is the federal law that governs overtime pay, provides that a claimant, in addition to recovering their overtime wages, may also be entitled to liquidated…

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Jury finds for oilfield truck drivers in overtime pay suit

Employers who fail to pay their employees overtime pay are in violation of the federal  law that governs overtime pay, known as the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Employees that are not…

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Overtime and your bonus payments – what you need to know!

In Texas, with the boom in fracking, the oil and gas industry is growing, creating new jobs now than it ever has before. In order to retain their employees that are being…

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Texas Overtime Laws – Know Your Legal Rights!

Workers often ask us what are the Texas overtime laws?  While some states have enacted laws that apply to overtime pay, Texas has not, and thus overtime laws in Texas are subject…

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What is a willful violation of the federal overtime laws?

Working in the oil and gas industry can be rewarding and lucrative. However, employers in the oil and gas industry often take liberties with how their employees are paid and cut corners…

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Compliance under the fair labor standards act for overtime violations

Compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) often seems to be an afterthought for oil and gas companies – West Texas is truly the wild west when it comes to overtime…

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Common overtime issues in oilfield jobs

Oilfield jobs in Texas are a hot commodity right now.  More than a hundred thousand barrels of oil are produced every month in Texas, which requires hundreds of thousands of man hours…

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5th Circuit says jury should decide whether mud engineers are owed overtime pay

Mud engineers that sued the employer for overtime pay won an important victory when a federal appellate court found that they should have their claims decided by a jury.  Two oilfield workers…

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