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Northwest Houston Chamber of Commerce joins opposition of overtime rule

The United States District Court Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction against President Barack Obama’s new law, which seeks to make workers who earn up to $47.476 eligible for overtime pay. Although the new law would have been implemented on Thursday, December 1, because of the preliminary injunction Congress will have to decide whether the implementation of the new rule will happen.

Northwest Houston Chamber of Commerce president Barbara Thomason welcomed the development and joined groups, such as the United States Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Association of Business, in their opposition of the rule. Thomason added “We are pleased with the decision to issue an injunction, halting the implementation of the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rule. The overtime rule as proposed would have placed undue pressure, unnecessarily burdened employers, and had a negative impact on many employees.”

If you have an overtime issue with your employer in Houston or another area of Texas, do not hesitate to get in touch with our attorneys at Williams Kherkher by calling our offices today at (888) 262-9002.


Field operator claims company failed to pay overtime

Fort Bend County, Texas resident Cedric Fuller filed a lawsuit against oilfield services company ESG USA Inc. on Thursday, October 13 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas. Fuller is claiming the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay him overtime wages.

According to the lawsuit, Fuller worked as a field operator for the company in several states, including Texas, California, and Pennsylvania. During that time, Fuller said he was paid his hourly rate but did not receive overtime premiums when he worked in excess of 40 hours per week. ESG allegedly classified him incorrectly as exempt from overtime, so he was not paid the overtime rate of one and one-half times the regular rate of pay. Fuller wants trial by jury, unpaid overtime compensation, liquidated damages with penalty and interest, attorney fees, costs, expenses, and other relief as deemed necessary by the courts.

If your employer owes you overtime pay, file a lawsuit against him or her with the help of our attorneys at Williams Kherkher, who provide legal services in Houston and other areas in Texas, by calling our offices today at (888) 262-9002.


Small businesses preparing for new regulations regarding overtime

Small business owners are using the remaining time they have to prepare their companies and their employees for the impending change in overtime rules.

As the federal regulations are expected to take effect on Thursday, December 1, human resources experts say they are receiving an infinite amount of calls from business owners asking for assistance complying with the new rule. The law is expected to affect the paychecks of approximately 4.2 million workers in the country. With only weeks before the deadline, business owners and HR consultants are seeing no possibility of a deadline extension. Westmont, Illinois-based HR firm Employco President Rob Wilson said, “We’re telling clients, ‘You need to get your act together. This is happening.’”

If your employer in Houston or another area of Texas continues to deny you the overtime pay you are entitled to, seek the legal representation of our attorneys at Williams Kherkher. By calling our offices today at (888) 262-9002, we can file the appropriate lawsuit against your unscrupulous employers.


Engineer claims oilfield services company neglected to pay overtime

Grady County, Oklahoma resident Adam Horn filed a class action lawsuit, individually and as part of a group against oilfield industrial services company Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations, Inc. Horn claimed that the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by refusing to pay him overtime pay for the extended hours that he worked for the firm.

According to the lawsuit, Horn has regularly worked for more than 40 hours per week without overtime pay as a mud engineer at Baker Hughes from August 2009 to November 2014. Horn further alleges that Bakers Hugh misclassified him as exempted from overtime and did not compensate him for all the times that he did overtime work by paying him at one and one-half times his regular pay rate as mandated by the FLSA.

Misclassifying a worker as exempt from overtime pay when he is not exempt is illegal. If your employer has done this to you, leading to you not receiving overtime pay for your overtime work, take your employers to court with the help of our attorneys at Williams Kherkher by calling our Houston offices today at (888) 262-9002.


House passes bill seeking to delay implementation of new overtime rule

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill, the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act, which seeks to delay the implementation of some of President Obama’s new federal regulations.  Obama’s executive order, which was signed in 2015, would mandate the expansion of overtime pay to an estimated 4.2 million workers.

The measure, which received support from small business advocacy groups, seeks to delay the implementation of the law to June 2017 from December 2016. Business owners are generally of the opinion that the federal regulations place unnecessary burdens on small business groups by adding to their labor costs

According to the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index, small business borrowing increased by nearly 9% in August 2016, up from from 123.1 in July. The August borrowing was down by 1% from the same period last year. Business counseling organization SCORE will give a free lecture on the new overtime regulations on Thursday, October 20.

If your employer fails to pay you the proper overtime rate, or if you have other issues regarding your overtime pay, seek the legal assistance of the attorneys at Williams Kherkher by calling our offices today at (888) 262-9002.


Obama vows to veto bill that would delay new overtime rules

In a statement released by the White House on Tuesday, September 27, President Barack Obama vowed to veto a bill known as the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act. The bill seeks to delay the implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime laws – which were supposed to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016 – to June 2017.

“If the President were presented with HR [House Resolution] 6094, he would veto the bill,” the Office of Budget and Management in the Executive Office of the President said. The Republican-backed House of Representatives recently passed this measure and sent the Senate a version of their bill.

Employees who work beyond the hours of their agreed upon employment contract are eligible for overtime pay. However, some businesses do not properly compensate their employees. If you are not paid for your work in Houston or another area of Texas, seek the legal assistance of our attorneys at Williams Kherkher by calling our offices today at (888) 262-9002.