Wage-And-Hour Suit Boom May Lurk Behind Oil Price Bust

Law360, New York (April 6, 2015, 4:57 PM EDT) -- The steep drop in oil prices over the past year will spur an increase in wage-and-hour suits against companies in the energy sector, as laid-off workers turn to attorneys who are on the lookout for soft spots — like questionable classifications of workers as overtime-exempt or independent contractors — that could be the basis for lucrative collective action claims, management-side lawyers say.

Oil field workers in the Permian Basin outside of Midland, Texas, in December 2014. Factors including the lenient standard for conditional collective action certification under the Fair Labor Standards Act, energy companies' use of independent contractors and a rush...

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