8th Circ. Says Altering Work Schedules To Limit Costs OK

Law360, New York (October 10, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT) -- The Eighth Circuit on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a class action challenging an Arkansas-based natural gas company's decision to change employees' workweeks in a way that reduced their overtime hours, saying the Fair Labor Standards Act allows employers to alter work schedules in order to reduce labor expenses.

A three-judge panel said the FLSA's purpose is not intended to maximize the payment of overtime rates, rejecting Redland Energy Services LLC workers' contention that the natural gas well operator amended its work schedules to evade federal...
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