HOUSTON, Texas. Currently, if you are a server at a restaurant, your employer is not legally permitted to take your tips. Doing so is a wage violation and is a form of wage theft. However, Trump’s Department of Labor has proposed changing these laws. According to the Washington Post, the U.S. Department of Labor has proposed that employers would soon have the right to make decisions about who gets the tips patrons leave for the front of the house. While some claim that this could potentially balance out the wage gap between cooks and servers, others worry that restaurant owners could now legally keep the tips themselves, essentially denying both servers and cooks money.
HOUSTON, Texas. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that nonexempt employees be compensated for time and time and a half for every hour they put in beyond a 40-hour workweek. Generally, most workers are protected by the time and a half rule. Unfortunately, sometimes employers misclassify workers, denying them hundreds or even thousands of dollars of pay.
HOUSTON, Texas. In 2016, the Fair Labor Standards Act changed the annual salary threshold an individual must be paid before they are exempt from overtime laws. According to the LA Times, prior to the law, if an individual earned $23,600, he or she would be exempt from receiving time and a half for overtime pay. However, under the changed law, individuals would need to be paid at least $47,476 in order to be exempt from laws requiring companies to offer time and a half in overtime pay.
HOUSTON, Texas. In certain remote parts of Texas, oil companies may have difficulty finding workers. When these companies face hiring challenges, some turn to temporary visa workers to fill in the labor gap. Temporary seasonal visas are designed to give businesses the opportunity to hire workers from abroad to fill in labor gaps. Resorts, agriculture, farm workers, and housekeepers are all hired every year under the program.
HOUSTON, Texas. It has recently come to light that oil companies, farmers, and other organizations have failed to properly pay overtime to their employees. One of the most common way that they get away with this is by misclassifying their workers.
HOUSTON, Texas. According to OilPrice.com, recent drops in oil prices have led some companies to declare bankruptcy. However, even as these companies declared bankruptcy, reports indicate that their CEOs received large bonuses. Some of these bonuses turned out to be larger than the CEO’s regular salary. Even as the average oilfield worker lost his or her job and struggled to get paid for overtime work, some CEOs walked away with bonuses exceeding $6 million.