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Harris County man sues American Recycler for not paying overtime

Harris County, Texas resident J.C. Poullard, Jr. filed a class action complaint, individually and on behalf of others, on Thursday, December 1 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Western Recyclers, Inc. The company does business as American Recycler, claiming the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying overtime.

The lawsuit states Poullard regularly worked more than 40 hours per week at American Recycler as a driver between 2009 and October 2016, but he did not receive overtime compensation at a rate one and one-half times his regular rate of pay. Poullard is attempting a trial by jury and seeks “collective action, all unpaid overtime wages, liquidated damages, attorney fees and costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and such other and further relief,” according to the SE Texas Record.

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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.”

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