February 05, 2015 / Misclassification, Oil & Gas

Leam Misclassified Drillers, Still Owes Employees Wages

As the spotlight moves toward the misclassification of a wide range of oilfield workers, many companies are taking a look at their employees and correcting some mistakes. Leam Drilling Systems is among the companies that may have corrected the classification of Misclassified Drillers, but that does not absolve the possibility of back wages owed to…

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January 26, 2015 / Oil & Gas

Layoffs Poised in Energy Sector

Dropping oil prices have offered relief to individual wallets across the U.S., but these decreases bring a host of troubles for the oil industry, particularly in areas throughout Texas. As the price of barrels sinks internationally by the day, thousands of workers in the oil and gas industry are facing layoffs. Baker Hughes, one of…

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January 26, 2015 / Misclassification

Lowe’s Settlement Shows Perils of Misclassifying Contractors

As workers stand up for their rights and federal regulations crack down on employment classification practices, the number of corporations facing accountability continues to grow. Just this week Lowe’s joined the ranks of Google, FedEx, and Uber in settling its lawsuit over misclassifying its independent contractors. Lowe’s current and former employees will recover over $10…

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January 26, 2015 / Class Actions, Oil & Gas

The Role of Releases in Class Actions and Collective Waivers

With massive layoffs facing thousands of oil industry workers, many employees will find themselves faced with paperwork from their employer required in order to get their severance. In conjunction with the rise of forced arbitration clauses in consumer contracts, many employee contracts now also force workers to settle disputes through mediation, expressly waiving their constitutional…

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December 23, 2014 / Offshore

Offshore Dive Team Member Jobs Often Underpaid

Although the immediate image of a diver for many people may involve brightly colored fish, the truth is that industries across the world employ thousands of commercial divers every year. The oil and gas industry requires Offshore Dive Team workers to install, inspect, operate and maintain offshore rigs and their equipment. In addition, teams must assist…

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