HOUSTON, Texas. If you have worked in the oil and gas industry, chances are that you have put in long hours on the job and have worked in dangerous conditions. While oil and gas workers can often receive high paychecks for working long hours, these workers may not always be aware that they could be getting cheated out of thousands of dollars, tens of thousands of dollars, and in some rare cases, even hundreds of thousands of dollars of wages. [Read more…] about How Oil and Gas Workers are Cheated of Wages
HOUSTON, Texas. Losing any job, getting laid off, or getting fired can be incredibly stressful. One of the things that some workers might consider is whether they can sue for wrongful termination. However, in most cases, workers are hired at will, which means they can be fired at will, for any reason, or for no reason. However, if you can prove that you were fired as an act of retaliation or due to discrimination, you may be able to pursue a wrongful termination case. There may be cases also in which a company may violate its own contracts and terms of employment. In this case, individuals may also have the right to sue for wrongful termination. In most cases, workers won’t be entitled to sue for wrongful termination. Companies often hire workers at will and human resources departments often take steps to ensure that termination takes place in a manner that is in accordance with contractual obligations and employee rights. However, there are certainly some cases where workers have been able to successfully pursue wrongful termination cases. [Read more…] about Understanding Wrongful Termination
HOUSTON, Texas. Oilfield workers can bring in six-figure salaries in Texas. For many of these workers, a job on the oilfield is a great gig. Some oilfield workers are younger or don’t have higher education, and the oilfield opens the door to a middle class and upper middle class lifestyle for their families. However, some high-earning oilfield workers may not always be receiving the full pay that they deserve. The oilfield industry has come under scrutiny in recent months and years for failing to pay workers overtime, failing to properly classify workers, and failing to provide workers with the benefits they deserve. According to the Houston Chronicle, younger workers can make more than six figures a year working 90 plus hour workweeks. However, these workers may not realize that they may be entitled to receive time-and-a-half pay for every hour of work they put in beyond a 40-hour workweek. Misclassification of workers as exempt for overtime or misclassification of workers as independent contractors is part of the problem. [Read more…] about Could You Be Entitled to Receive a Six-Figure Oilfield Settlement?
HOUSTON, Texas. One of the ways that oilfield companies save money is by classifying workers as independent contractors. How you are classified as a worker can make a big difference regarding your pay rate, your responsibility when it comes to paying taxes, and your ability to access certain types of benefits like worker’s compensation and unemployment. Many oilfield companies want to classify workers as independent contractors because of the tax benefits and because these workers can be better utilized to serve short-term needs. There are cases where workers and companies might mutually benefit from an independent contractor relationship. For example, consultants and individuals running their own businesses will often enter independent contractor relationships. However, if you are looking for a job, and an oilfield company wants to label you an independent contractor—watch out. [Read more…] about Independent Contractor Misclassification on the Oilfield: What You Need to Know
HOUSTON, Texas. It’s the holiday season. For some workers, this means added time off, while for others, especially those in deliveries and retail, this is the time of year where workers will likely need to put in some overtime. If you are off during the holiday, is your company entitled to cut your pay for the days off? And if you need to work during the holiday, are you entitled to time-and-a-half overtime pay? [Read more…] about Am I Entitled to Receive Overtime Pay for Working Christmas and New Year’s?
HOUSTON, Texas. According to the Casper Star Tribune, an oilfield services company in Wyoming has been ordered to pay $1.2 million in unpaid overtime wages to its workers. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigated the company after learning that some workers had been paid extra for each foot of casing they installed. However, when the Department of Labor looked more closely at the wages paid to the workers, they found that this payment model resulted in workers not getting paid the overtime wages they deserved. [Read more…] about Department of Labor Finds that Oilfield Workers in Wyoming Were Not Paid Overtimes