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4th Circuit Gives Guidance on Joint Employment in Overtime Cases

The Fourth Circuit issued a recent opinion which provides important guidance for joint employment in overtime cases.  In Hall v. DIRECTTV, 846 F.3d 757 (4th Cir. 2017), the Fourth Circuit considered an...

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Independent Contractor Overtime Lawsuits On The Rise

Companies are increasingly classifying their workers as “independent contractors” for a variety of reasons.  According to Forbes, at least 100% of jobs growth over the past decade came from the growth in...

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Can Independent Contractors Sign Non-Compete Agreements?

More and more these days, companies are classifying their workers as independent contractors. This tactic is used for a myriad of reasons, including efforts to avoid the costs of Obamacare, to evade...

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Making Sense of the Increase in Oilfield Overtime Lawsuits

The past several years have seen an explosion of overtime pay lawsuits involving oilfield workers. To illustrate the dramatic rise in oilfield overtime litigation, one need only look at the docket of...

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Field workers sue Transglobal Services for unpaid overtime

Six former employees of Transglobal Services, LLC have filed suit against the company, asserting claims for unpaid overtime.  Transglobal primarily provides surveying, right of way and seismic services to oil and gas...

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Supreme Court decision impacts “pick off” strategy in FLSA cases

Employers that face unpaid overtime collective actions sometimes attempt to utilize what is known as a “pick off” strategy.  In such a scenario, the employer will make an offer of judgment under...

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Federal court in Texas rules on Motor Carrier Act exemption

Motor Carrier Act Exemption and the Technical Corrections Act One of the hot topics over the past year in the wage and hour sphere has been the Motor Carrier Act (“MCA”) exemption to...

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Are landmen entitled to overtime pay?

It is common knowledge that many landmen, title examiners and title abstractors are not paid overtime.  Many times they are classified as independent contractors and paid a flat hourly fee.  Sometimes landmen...

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Field employees sue Wildcat Wireline and KLX Energy for unpaid overtime

Six former employees of Wildcat Wireline and KLX Energy have filed suit against these companies, asserting claims for unpaid overtime.  Wildcat Wireline was an oilfield service company that provided wireline services that...

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Oilfield workers sue Bulldog Well Testing for overtime pay

Two former employees have filed a lawsuit for unpaid overtime in Midland, Texas against Bulldog Well Testing, LLC, Bull Dorado Holdings, LLC, and their owners.  Bulldog, which is based in Oklahoma, is...

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Former operator sues WCC Energy for unpaid overtime

A former employee has filed a lawsuit for unpaid overtime in Midland, Texas against WCC Energy, LLC.  WCC, which is based in Anson, Texas, is an oilfield services company.   The lawsuit...

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Oilfield driver sues Wildcat Services for unpaid overtime

A former employee has filed an unpaid overtime lawsuit against Wildcat Services, LLC.  Wildcat, which is based in Midland, Texas, is a service company specializing in hydro-excavating, water well drilling, water well...

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Oilfield worker sues Spartan Flow Control for unpaid overtime

A former field employee has filed a federal lawsuit in Midland, Texas seeking unpaid overtime against Spartan Flow Control.  Spartan provides pressure control and flow back services in the oil and gas...

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Federal court certifies oilfield overtime suit

A federal district court in Midland, Texas has conditionally certified a case filed by oilfield workers against their employer for unpaid overtime.  Plaintiffs were employed by Rig Power and M3P (collectively, “Defendants”)...

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HSE Advisor files overtime suit against Marathon and others

A Health, Safety and Environment (“HSE”) Advisor recently filed suit in federal court in Houston, alleging that he and other HSE Advisors working for RWDY, Inc. (“RWDY”), Brian Owen and/or Marathon Oil...

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Former day rate employee files overtime lawsuit against Applied Consultants

A former employee of Applied Consultants has filed a federal lawsuit against the company seeking unpaid overtime and other damages under the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA.  The lawsuit was filed in...

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Directional Drillers may be entitled to unpaid overtime

For years, oilfield companies have failed and refused to pay overtime to their Measurement While Drilling (MWD), Logging While Drilling (LWD), Field Service Specialist, Field Technician and Directional Driller positions.    In...

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Unpaid overtime suit filed against oilfield equipment rental company

A collective action lawsuit for unpaid overtime has been filed by several current or former employees of Rig Power, Inc. and its parent company M3P Energy, LLC in federal court in Midland, Texas. ...

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Unpaid overtime suit filed against oilfield inspection company

A collective action lawsuit for unpaid overtime has been filed in federal court in Midland, Texas against Knight’s Inspection Services, LLC.  Knight’s Inspection is an inspection company in the oil and gas...

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Oilfield workers driving trucks under 10,000 lbs may be due overtime

Oilfield workers often travel from job site to job site driving both commercial and full-size trucks.  Oilfield companies often refuse to pay oilfield workers overtime, claiming that they are exempt under what is...

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