Eighth Circuit Approves Change in Work Schedules to Reduce Overtime

October 26, 2012Articles Lexology

In a FLSA collective action, a group of employees had sued, claiming that their employer’s decision to change their workweeks in a manner that cut back on their overtime hours violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Court rejected this, concluding that the FLSA allowed such alteration of work schedules to achieve the “goal” of reducing overtime expenditures. The case is entitled Abshire et al. v. Redland Energy Services.

The employees charged that the FLSA forbade the changing of work week to reduce overtime. The Company defended by asserting that this change placed all employees on the same workweek, engendered efficiency and (admittedly) reduced overtime outlays.

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