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Passenger service agent claims company neglected to pay her overtime

Houston, Texas resident Mary L. Thomas filed a lawsuit against aviation security and solutions provider Huntleigh USA Corp. on Tuesday, December 13 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas. Thomas claims her company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay her overtime.

According to Thomas’ lawsuit, she, a passenger service agent, received below minimum wage salary for her work and was not given overtime pay. She added that Huntleigh USA Corp. also did not pay her for uninterrupted meal breaks. Thomas requested a trial by jury and wants to be given all unpaid wages, liquidated damages, attorney fees, court costs, and other equitable relief deemed necessary by the courts.

If your Houston employer has wrongly classified you as exempt from overtime pay or has simply neglected to pay you overtime even though they are well aware you are eligible for it, our attorneys at Williams Kherkher can help you with your problem. Call our offices today at (888) 262-9002.

Texas judge denies DOL motion to stay proceedings against overtime litigation

Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas denied the motion of the United States Department of Labor on Tuesday, January 3 to do away with more district court proceedings in relation to the existing overtime litigation.

The United States Department of Labor asked the district court to refrain from taking any further action until the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rules on the interlocutory appeal of the injunction. The district court has already issued a preliminary injunction blocking the DOL’s new overtime rule from taking effect.

Still pending at the district court are the motions of the plaintiffs for summary judgment, which seeks a permanent injunction of the overtime rule, and a motion filed by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations to intervene in the legal complaint.

If you’re working at a company that does not pay you overtime when they should, our attorneys at Williams Kherkher can legally help you hold them liable. Get in touch with us by calling our Houston offices today at (888) 262-9002 so we can attend to your case right away.

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.

Texas judge blocks new law that would increase overtime pay

United States President Barack Obama has established a new overtime rule that would have been implemented starting in December. The law sought to give workers in the technology industry and other fields the right to receive overtime or additional overtime pay. However, a federal judge in Texas has blocked the new ruling.

The new overtime rule would be applied to businesses and government corporations with a gross annual income of $500,000 or more. Austin-based software company TrendKite’s Vice President of People Jennifer Cantu said that in their company, for example, the new rule would have affected around 30 workers. Cantu noted “the proposed changes gave us a lot of work to do and presented a big change in how we do business with our employees. Frankly, I think the businesses that didn’t prepare like we did would have issues.”

If your employer has acted against you in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, hire the legal representation of our attorneys at Williams Kherkher. We provide legal services for our clients in Houston and other areas in Texas. Find out more about our services 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.

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.