$18M Settlement of OT Violations by Halliburton

Halliburton’s alleged failure to pay overtime to more than 1,000 of its salaried employees nationwide has cost it big time.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced yesterday that the global oil and gas service provider has agreed to pay $18,293,557 to 1,016 employees nationwide after department investigators found Halliburton incorrectly categorized employees in 28 job positions as exempt from overtime.

The company did not pay overtime to these salaried employees — working as field service representatives, pipe recovery specialists, drilling tech advisors, perforating specialists and reliability tech specialists — when they worked more than 40 hours in a workweek, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, DOL alleged. The company also failed to keep accurate records of hours worked by these employees.

DOL’s announcement reminds employers:

Simply paying an employee a salary does not necessarily mean the employee is not eligible for overtime. The FLSA provides an exemption from both minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for individuals employed in bona fide executive, administrative, professional and outside sales positions, as well as certain computer employees. To qualify for exemption, employees generally must meet certain tests regarding their job duties and be paid on a salary basis at not less than $455 per week. Job titles do not determine exempt status. In order for an exemption to apply, an employee’s specific job duties and salary must meet all the requirements of the department’s regulations.

Read more about this case.

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