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$4.5M Wage Settlement: Workers In Oil And Natural Gas Industry

$4.5M Wage Settlement For Workers In Oil And Natural Gas Industry

On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it has reached agreement with numerous employers in the oil and natural gas industry in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to provide 5,310 workers with almost $4.5 million in back wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL press release may be found

Dozens of contractors and subcontractors working for major energy companies are alleged to have engaged in thousands of violations whereby workers did not receive proper overtime for hours worked. These violations include failure to pay overtime to nonexempt workers; failure to pay overtime to workers who were improperly classified as exempt; and failure to include production bonuses and other pay in the overtime rate calculations, resulting in incorrect rates of pay. Information about whether civil money penalties were assessed as well as whether criminal prosecutions will ensue was not available; however employers who willfully or repeatedly violate the minimum wage or overtime pay requirements of the FLSA are subject to civil money penalties of up to $1,000 for each violation. In addition, willful (repeat) violations may result in criminal prosecution with fines up to $10,000; a second conviction may result in imprisonment…

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