Texas Lawyer: Learn From DOL’s Audits in the Oil Patch

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Texas Lawyer has signed up Alan Bush and Lee Winkelman as freelance contributors. Their latest article, "Learn From the DOL’s Audits in the Oil Patch," appeared in Out of Order section on June 9, 2014.

Here's what Alan had to say about what companies in all industries can learn from the DOL’s dive into the oil patch:

There’s a new player in the oil patch: the U.S. Department of Labor. Although few folks are taking a hard look at this development, everyone should. Even in-house counsel who work outside the energy industry can learn from the industry’s new experience with the DOL.

Back in December 2012, the DOL’s wage-and-hour enforcement arm issued a mostly unnoticed press release about the latest “multiyear enforcement initiative.” It targets companies that handle pieces of the fracking process in the Marcellus Shale. Then, the DOL audits started.

The past 18 months have taught some hard lessons. Decades-old pay structures have come under DOL fire. Counsel have learned how to respond to an audit. And the first-strike lawsuit against the DOL has earned a place in defense counsel’s toolbox. Let’s take a peek at each of these items in turn…

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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