Fair Wage Laws

Overtime Pay Upheld to Workers Misclassified as Independent Contractors

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently affirmed an award of overtime pay to workers that were misclassified as independent contractors.  The Court upheld the trial court’s ruling…

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Supreme Court To Hear Appeal of Overtime Pay Lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of an unpaid overtime lawsuit that could affect millions of workers across the country that go through security screenings and perform other…

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Workers To Benefit from Proposed New Overtime Pay Rules

Federal regulators will revise the rules on overtime pay in a move that will make millions of additional workers eligible for additional pay when they work more than forty hours per week. …

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Texas Overtime Laws

Talk to a Lawyer that Knows Texas Overtime Laws! With the oil and gas sector booming, workers in Midland-Odessa and across West Texas are being asked to work more now than ever. …

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Short-haul Truck Drivers – Are You Owed Overtime Pay?

Short-haul truckers working for oilfield service or construction companies who are paid by the load, with no extra compensation for hours worked above 40 in a week, may have a claim for…

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Cable/Internet Installers and Technicians & Overtime Laws

Many cable and internet installation companies are intentionally violating the overtime laws and costing their workers thousands of dollars in unpaid overtime. These companies generally violate the Fair Labor Standards Act in…

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Fifth Circuit Triples Texas Unpaid Overtime Award

It is a rare case when the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (one of the more conservative in the country) rules that a plaintiff was not awarded enough…

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Are Assistant Managers Due Overtime Pay?

Many assistant managers are told that they are exempt from overtime pay.  Assistant managers are often required to work long hours without any compensation other than “straight time” or their base salary. …

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What About My Bonus? Enforcing Bonus Promises to Oilfield Workers

Across Texas (in West Texas in the Permian Basin and in South Texas in the Eagle Ford Shale, particularly) and in many other parts of the country, oil and gas production is…

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Are Cell Tower Workers Due Overtime Pay?

Cellular providers are racing to build advanced cellphone networks, according to the Wall Street Journal.  The subcontractors who build, upgrade and maintain these cell phone towers are working their employees around the clock…

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Texas Law Aims to Deter Worker Misclassification in Construction Industry

Texas lawmakers are attempting to get tough on construction companies that commit payroll fraud by misclassifying construction workers, passing a new law recently signed by Gov. Rick Perry. As I have previously…

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Court Rules on “Regular Rate” Meaning in Overtime Pay Case

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) governs overtime pay in Texas. In a nutshell, the FLSA requires that employers pay their non-exempt employees one-and-a-half times their “regular rate” for every hour worked…

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Are Call Center Employees Entitled to Overtime Pay?

Call center employees are often required to work more than forty hours per week. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, employers are required to pay most workers one and a…

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Common Unpaid Overtime Issues in the Health Care Industry

Employees in the health care industry are entitled to be paid for all hours they worked, whether they are at their usual work stations or not. Often, employers in the health care…

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Permian Basin Oil Boom Raises Overtime Pay Issues

In West Texas, oilfield jobs are aplenty thanks to a boom in oil and gas drilling in the Permian Basin. Today, the Permian Basin accounts for approximately fourteen percent of the nation’s…

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Common Overtime Pay Problems Facing Health Care Employees

Health care employees are often required to work long hours under stressful conditions.  Unfortunately, they are often shorted when it comes to overtime pay.  Many employees in the health care industry are…

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3 ways oilfield workers are cheated by their employers

Oilfield jobs in Texas are a hot commodity right now.  Oil and gas companies have a great deal of work, and oilfield workers are in short supply.  This means that oilfield workers…

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How to Calculate Unpaid Overtime

There are several issues you must consider when determining if and how much you may be owed in unpaid overtime under Texas law. First, it must be determined whether you are eligible…

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Common Violations of Texas Overtime Laws

Do you work 40+ hours per week without receiving overtime pay? Are you paid a salary for a job that should be paid overtime? Do you work “off the clock” without receiving…

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Oil and Gas Company Settles Unpaid Overtime Claims

DOL Reaches Unpaid Overtime Settlement with Oil and Gas Company The Department of Labor recently announced that it had reached an unpaid overtime settlement with an oil and gas company. Under the…

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