A judge in Texas recently handed a class of drilling rig workers a big win – agreeing that two types of bonuses should have been included when determining their overtime pay rate. This is yet another in a long line of cases in which oilfield workers have successfully pursued recovery of back overtime wages.
  When record amounts of unpaid back wages are recovered for employees, that’s a good thing – right? Or, is it proof that wage theft by employers has not only continued to occur, but now happens at an increasing rate…despite the administration’s efforts towards “compliance assistance” and the PAID program that allows employers to resolve
  According to the 9th Circuit (the federal appeals court for Alaska, Arizona, California, and Hawaii), the “80/20 rule” does apply – upholding the Labor Department regulations which state that employers may not reduce a tip-earning employee’s hourly pay below the minimum wage when that employee spends more than 20 percent of his or her
  It’s the height of hurricane season again. With reconstruction still going on in Texas post Harvey and in Puerto Rico post Irma and Maria, Hawaii having already been impacted by storm damage, and North Carolina and South Carolina heavily damaged by Hurricane Florence, it’s time to remind the thousands of workers who do the
If you work at multiple locations and do not get paid overtime based on the combined total hours worked, your employer is likely violating the law…and owes you back overtime pay.   A common scheme used by large multi-location employers to avoid paying workers overtime is to spread workers across 2 or more locations during

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