Although most of us say that every employee deserves a fair wage, too many American workers keep coming up short – often due to employers who refuse to comply with all applicable wage laws. Fortunately, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 was passed so that employees would have clear-cut legal rights to receive fair wages, while also benefiting from other basic employee rights.
In May, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor updated and modernized the regulations governing the exemption of executive, administrative, and professional employees from the minimum wage and overtime pay protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
If a worker is truly an independent contractor, then he or she is not an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This article addresses a question for workers who may be labeled as independent contractors and their potential rights under the FLSA.
It is important to understand your employment rights as an oilfield worker. All workers, regardless of their industry, are entitled to fair and just compensation by their employers. The Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was enacted to protect the rights of all workers to ensure that they are fairly compensated for all hours worked, including overtime hours.