Texas Oil Patches Grow Thorny With Overtime-Pay Issues

Law360, Dallas (March 20, 2014, 8:39 PM EDT) -- Oil and gas companies scrambling to make the most of boom times in the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin are facing ever-increasing scrutiny of their use of independent contractors and use of day rates to pay laborers, attorneys say.

Increased oversight from the U.S. Department of Labor on overtime rules means companies are facing scrutiny in how they pay their oilfield workers, who often work long hours on drilling rigs and are paid according to a "day rate" rather than strict hourly wages with overtime,...
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