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Frac Specialists allege overtime pay violations

Fracturing Specialists are one of the most important jobs in the oil and gas industry. Frac specialists have a variety of job duties that can vary from company to company, including but…

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Are flow testers owed overtime pay under the FLSA?

Flow testers in the oil and gas industry are sometimes misclassified as independent contractors and denied overtime pay.  When a well goes into production, it must be tested periodically to determine royalties…

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Oil and Gas Field Workers improperly classified as exempt and wrongfully denied overtime pay

Hardworking oilfield workers have, yet again, gained a favorable result from the court with respect to recovering their overtime wages in Pye v. Oil States Energy Services, LLC, 233 F. Supp. 3d…

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Sanctions Granted Against Oilfield Company in Overtime Dispute

A federal district court in Corpus Christi recently granted sanctions for discovery abuse in an unpaid overtime lawsuit filed by a large number of workers against an oilfield company. In 4JLJ, LLC,…

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Safety consultants are often misclassified as independent contractors and wrongfully denied overtime pay

Safety consultants working for oilfield companies are often designated as independent contractors and wrongfully denied overtime pay. A federal judge in Houston recently certified a class of drilling and completions Safety Consultants…

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Overtime compensation for Oilfield workers

Understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and how that plays a role in calculating overtime compensation especially in the oilfield industry can be challenging and frustrating at times; however, if compensation…

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Fluctuating workweek hours and additional overtime pay under the FLSA

The 5th Circuit recently clarified the circumstances under which the fluctuating workweek (“FWW”) applies to overtime cases. The FWW method is one way of calculating overtime compensation that satisfies the requirements of…

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Are oilfield welders entitled to overtime pay?

Welders occupy an important position in the oilfields – without them, rigs cannot be constructed, pipelines cannot be laid, and other critical drilling equipment and infrastructure cannot be built or maintained.  So…

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Court rules in favor of oilfield drivers in overtime case

A federal judge in San Antonio has recently recommended that an employer’s request to dismiss claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act for unpaid overtime compensation be denied.  At issue in…

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