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The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides that the vast majority of employees are entitled to overtime pay at “time and a half” for every hour worked beyond 40 hours in a week. The FSLA is complex, and many employers violate both the FSLA and state laws governing overtime pay. The penalties for violating the overtime pay laws are recovery of two to three years of unpaid wages, liquidated damages (twice the amount of back wages), and attorney’s fees. Dycom Industries, Inc., which provides contracting services to telecommunications companies, announced today that it agreed to settle wage and hour claims against three of its subsidiaries for up to $10 million. Because the laws governing overtime pay or wage and hour claims are complex, it is important to consult an attorney who is experienced in the field.

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