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What you should know about overtime pay if you are a manual laborer

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is responsible for overseeing minimum wage and overtime pay to employees who work over forty hours in a given workweek. Under the Fair Labor…

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DOL recovers record-breaking $322 million in unpaid overtime and minimum wage violations

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has collected a record-breaking $322 million in back wages  in 2019 for workers alleging unpaid overtime and minimum wage violations. The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division uncovered…

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Creek Pipe Company, LLC has been sued for violations of the FLSA and NMMWA

Creek Pipe Company, LLC and its president and owner have been sued in the Western District of Texas for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the New Mexico Minimum…

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Federal overtime lawsuits filed against Southern Connections and Services

Southern Connections and Services, Inc., an oilfield services company, has had two separate unpaid overtime lawsuits filed against it within the past two months, each filed in federal court in Midland.  The…

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The basics of FLSA settlements

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), employers are required to pay their employees at a rate of time and a half the regular rate of pay for all hours worked over…

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Oil and gas slow down in the Permian Basin

The Permian Basin, encompassing 55 million acres in West Texas and New Mexico, has started to see the job market slow down over the past 6-12 months. Historically, the oil and gas…

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How conditional certification works in FLSA unpaid overtime lawsuits

A federal court in Louisiana recently certified a case as a collective action.  Murillo v. Berry Bros. General Contractors, Inc., No. 6:18-cv-1434 (W.D.La., Sept, 23, 2019). The Murillo case provides a good…

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Summary Judgment granted in oilfield overtime case

A federal court in Houston recently issued a ruling in an oilfield overtime case. Norman v. QES Wireline, LLC, No. 4:16-cv-02396 (S.D. Tex., Aug. 30, 2019).  In Norman, the Magistrate Judge recommended…

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Federal Judge in Oklahoma allows unpaid overtime and minimum wage lawsuit to proceed

A multibillion-dollar company, Simmons Food, Inc. out of Arkansas, and Christian Alcoholics and Addicts in Recovery (“CAAIR”), has been sued by three men who alleged they were forced to work over forty…

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