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Tyler Field Service Technicians Common Overtime Violations

Field service technicians include a variety of equipment repair specialists and service engineers. Equipment field technicians repair include telecommunications systems, appliances, cable systems, electronics, heating and cooling systems, heavy mechanical equipment, computers networks and systems, and copy machines.

Because the nature of the work is mobile and requires field service technicians to travel frequently from job-to-job throughout an assigned region, employers frequently fail to properly compensate field service technicians at a rate of one-and-one-half times their regular rate of pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per workweek.

Common violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as applied to field service technicians include only paying field service technicians per job completed, misclassifying technicians as exempt employees, failing to pay for travel time between work sites, failing to pay for excessive travel time, failing to pay for hours worked after regular work hours, failing to pay for hours worked while "off-the-clock," failing to keep proper employee time records, and refusing to pay overtime compensation.

Regardless of the pay structure applied to field service technician by his employer, the Department of Labor has been particularly specific that field service technicians are entitled to payment at a level of one-and-one-half times their hourly rate for hours worked in excess of 40 per workweek.

At Briggle & Polan, PLLC, we represents field service technicians in overtime claims throughout Tyler, TX and nationwide. If you have a question regarding a potential claim, contact the firm online at 512-472-1926 or toll free 866-247-HELP.