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New overtime rule blocked by Texas federal judge

A new law signed by President Barack Obama would have raised the threshold for those eligible to receive overtime pay to $47,476 ($913 per week) from $23,660 ($455 per week). The rule should have gone into effect this December but was sidelined by United States District Judge Amos Mazzant of Sherman in Grayson County, Texas.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who filed a lawsuit against the Department of Labor in protest of the new rule, welcomed the development, saying, “The finalized overtime rule hurts the American worker. It limits workplace flexibility without a corresponding increase in pay and forces employers to cut their workers’ hours.”

Our attorneys at The Melton Law Firm know how difficult it can be for Austin employees to cope with the consequences of an employment legal issue, such as a wrongful termination, retaliatory action, or an overtime or wage dispute. As such, we are here to help you sort out your difficulty. Call our offices today at (512) 330-0017.

Around 600,000 workers will soon benefit from paid sick leave

President Obama announced on Thursday, September 29 that his administration will be implementing a new rule to extend sick leave to almost 600,000 workers who currently lack the benefit. Workers will now be earning up to seven sick days in a year.

In an interview with Slate, Obama outlined the importance of the new rule, saying: “It will give additional paid sick leave to more than 1.1 million federal contract workers in the first five years, including nearly 600,000 who currently receive no paid sick leave at all.”

“Since I first called on them to act, we’ve seen four states pass paid leave laws. Over 25 locations have taken action on paid sick leave and 22 localities took action on paid family leave. California, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Vermont have all passed bills concerning this issue, joining Connecticut, which did so in 2011. Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Paul have joined also trailblazers like San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, and the District of Columbia in requiring paid sick leave for folks working in their cities. Businesses have heeded the call, too, and some businesses now require their suppliers to provide paid sick leave as well.”

Our attorneys at The Melton Law Firm can provide legal services to our clients in Austin and other areas of Texas, handle employment law cases such as retaliation and wage disputes cases, among other things. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (512) 330-0017.

Acccount manager sues orthopedic center for illegal employment practices

Houston resident Meseret Mesfin is suing the Reconstructive Orthopedic Center of Houston, claiming that it is guilty of unlawful employment practices in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family Medical Leave Act.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed August 9th, Mesfin took medical leave for a serious condition with the consent of her employer on March 17, 2016. However, she was fired by her employer on March 30, while she was still out on medical leave.

Mesfin had worked as an account manager for the defendant since June 2014 for over 40 hours a week without getting overtime pay, the lawsuit added.

Consult with an employment attorney at The Melton Law Firm in Austin if you feel that your Texas employer has been unfairly treating you or has violated fair employment practices by calling our offices today at (512) 330-0017.

Texas man claims energy companies were not paying overtime wages

Tom Green County, Texas resident Amalio Barrientes has filed a class action lawsuit, individually and on behalf of other people, on Friday, July 1 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against a string of energy companies such as KLX Inc., KLX Energy Services, and OFS 2 Deal 2 LLC, which is formerly known as Vision Oil Tools LLC, claiming that they violated the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying proper overtime wages.

According to the lawsuit, Barrientes worked with the defendants between June 2014 and March 2016 for over 40 hours per week without receiving proper compensation for his work and was paid a fixed sum of money even if his hours went past normal working hours.

There are a myriad of ways that an employer, either willfully or due to unintentional negligence, cause undue, unjust, or unfair treatment to its employees. If you have experienced wrongful termination, overtime/wage disputes, retaliation, or other employment issues in your workplace, do not hesitate to get in touch with our attorneys at The Melton Law Firm by calling our Austin offices today at (512) 330-0017.

The Austin Police Department faces unpaid overtime investigation

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor is investigating the Austin Police Department over allegations of unpaid overtime, a matter that the police union expects to result in a lawsuit, according to Officer.com on July 10.

According to documents released by the Austin American-Statesman, Austin police officers regularly show up early to work in order to be ready for the shift ahead of them.

Austin City Council members were notified in a memo issued on July 8 by City Manager Marc Ott that the Labor Department had reached out to the city’s law department over concerns regarding the unpaid time.

Austin Police Association president Kenneth Cassaday said they are working through drafts of a lawsuit and noted that the union will be holding meetings from now until August to explore legal options and gather other police officers’ input.

Our Austin attorneys at The Melton Law Firm work diligently to protect employees from being taken advantage of by the companies they work for, including when overtime regularly goes unpaid. Call us at (512) 330-0017 today to learn more.

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