Top 10 Oilfield Overtime Violations

Under federal law, employers must pay employees overtime wages when they work more than 40 hours a week unless their position is covered by an exemption established by law. Depending on their job duties, oil and gas industry employees may not fit under any overtime exemption. If the applicable exemptions do not apply, oil and gas workers are entitled to overtime.

Is your employer in the oilfield violating labor law?An employee may assert his rights to overtime through either the Department of Labor investigation or a private attorney. Hiring an attorney usually allows for quicker and greater recovery due to the potential of obtaining liquidated (double) damages from your employer.

Over the past year, oil & gas companies have been exposed for a multitude of high profile Fair Labor Standards Act violations. In September 2015, oilfield giant Halliburton agreed to pay oilfield workers 18.3 million dollars in back wages to more than 1,000 workers for unpaid overtime.

Private attorneys have also taken on the oil and gas industry. One such attorney, Jack Siegel of the Siegel Law Group in Dallas, Texas, indicates that he has already favorably settled three cases against oil and gas companies and has four more lawsuits against industry leaders such as Nine Energy, Sprint Energy and Schlumberger currently being litigated in federal court.

Mr. Siegel provides the following information to educate oil and gas industry workers about their overtime rights. Here are the top 10 reasons for oilfield overtime lawsuits based on his experience in the industry:

Paying Day Rate with Not Overtime. If your employer only pays you a day rate or day rate plus salary, you likely are owed overtime for all hours you work in excess of 40 in a week.

Paying Only Straight Time and No Overtime. If you receive only straight time (same hourly rate) for the hours you work over 40 in a week, you are not being paid overtime. You should be receiving 1.5 times more for your overtime hours.

Receiving “Comp” Time Instead of Overtime. If you are work for a private, non-government oilfield company, your employer cannot pay you “comp” time instead of overtime.

Paying Overtime Incorrectly. All wages, including non-discretionary day or weekly bonuses, must be included when your employer calculates your overtime. Oilfield employers commonly fail to include bonuses in determining your overtime rates to commit oilfield wage theft.

Manager Misclassification aka Calling You a Manager to Cheat You from Overtime. Employers also call people “managers” or “supervisors” to avoid paying overtime. This does not change the fact that many alleged “managers” or “supervisors” are non-exempt employees due overtime under federal law. If you spend the majority of your time on something else than supervising employees, your employer has likely misclassified you to get out of paying overtime.

Not Paying for On-Call or Standby Time. If your employer forces you to be on “standby” and you cannot do anything else during your standby time, your oilfield employer should be paying you wages and overtime for that time.

“Off-the-Clock” Work. If you are asked not to record all of your hours or are asked to clock out before completing work, your employer is violating your overtime rights. You should be paid for all the time in which your employer suffers or permits you to work. Your employer may not just turn their back to this work in order to avoid payments.

Forced Work During Rest & Meal Breaks. When your rest or meal break is not totally uninterrupted, your employer must compensate you for it. Period.

Non-Payment of Travel Time Other than Work Commutes. Your employer does not have to pay you for the time your spend commuting between home and work. However, if you are required to travel overnight or between work sites during your shift, you should be compensated for your time.

Mr. Siegel invites you to visit his law firm’s website at www.4overtimelawyer.com for more information about oilfield overtime violations and lawsuits.



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what is mediation?

Hello and shalom, my name is David silvera.
I am an Israeli born, I was born here and therefore you may say I am a sabra or in English a kaktus which is sweet from the inside.
I am a mediator a mentor of mediation and negotiation and conflicts resolutions, I am in my work like a sabra, the kaktus, I’m striving to discover the hidden, the inside of every person and every conflict.
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I am the director of “silpar” Israel LTD the mediation center and adult education training accredited by the Israeli courts, an academic director of “drahim” an English pathway a school for conflict resolutions and founder and editor of “sulha”, the Israeli mediation website. “Sulha” is an Arabic word used also in Hebrew meaning for conciliations.
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The mediator is a neutral person who assists the parties in the negotiations; the purpose of mediation is to help disputed parties to move from a state of conflict to the state of collaboration as I have mentioned before; to have a dialog and not to have a fight.
A mediation process consists of ten stages, there are some mediators who have more stages, but the ten stages are usually accepted:
The first one is the case the preparation, the second one is when the parties come to the mediation room and the mediator gives the opening statement explaining the process of mediation, explaining everything is confidential, explaining the there are different kind of meetings — common meetings with all parties and separate meetings with each part. After that the mediator should discover that are the subjects that he heard from the point of view of the positions of the parties, in the private meeting he tries to identify the hidden interest what is more important to each one of the parties and then he tries to give solutions, tries to give answers to the interests, and the answers would be the basis of the future agreement.
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Well this is the process it’s a very good process, a very pleasant process. I recommend you all come and mediate.
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Bye, shalom!

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