Chevron Subs Skip Shift-Change Pay, Feds Say

     (CN) – Three Chevron subsidiaries have been ordered to pay $1.5 million in overtime back wages and damages after a United States Department of Labor investigation.
     Chevron Products Company in San Ramon, Chevron Pipeline Company in Bellaire, Texas and Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company in Houston, are on the hook for not paying workers fully, the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division said in a statement.
     The companies violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime provisions when they failed to pay hourly field operators for the hours they worked during mandatory pre-shift relief meetings, where they turned over their duties to employees on the next shift the division said.
     The Wage and Hour Division found the subsidiaries owe 750 oil field workers more than $750,000 in overtime back wages and an equal, additional amount in damages to the affected workers. The investigation also identified recordkeeping violations as the company failed to record accurately the number of hours employees worked.
     “Employers need to understand that workers must be paid for all the time they work, including time they must spend in briefings before or after their scheduled shifts,” said Susana Blanco, director of the division’s San Francisco District Office. “Our investigation will result in hundreds of workers receiving checks reflecting the hours they worked, and compensation for time that had been missing from their paychecks in the past. The back wages and damages in this case should send a strong message to employers — violating the law at the expense of your workers can be costly.”
     An oil and gas industry enforcement initiative has recovered $41.5M since 2012, according to Wage and Hour.
     Based in San Ramon, Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Its subsidiaries conduct business worldwide in virtually every facet of the energy industry, the division said.

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