3 Traps For Energy Employers — And How To Avoid Them

Law360, New York (September 12, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT) -- Through aggressive investigation and enforcement initiatives, the U.S. Department of Labor has recently intensified its scrutiny of employers in the oil and gas industry.

Among other things, the DOL is looking for employees who have been misclassified as independent contractors while inspecting employers' pay practices to ensure compliance with the often-Byzantine wage-and-hour laws. These investigations have resulted in some employers paying large settlements to the DOL (while enjoying unwanted media attention).

Even if they don't involve your company directly, that can make your business sector —...
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