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MasTec to settle overtime suit

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Technology company MasTec has agreed to settle long-standing overtime suits involving some of its home installation employees. The complaints date back to 2001 and affect current and former employees in 10 states, including Georgia. MasTec builds, installs, maintains and upgrades communication and utility infrastructures for businesses and homes.

Because of the transient nature of MasTec’s employees, nailing down exact numbers may be difficult. The court estimates the maximum settlement to be $12.6 million if all class members opt in. But figures could be as low as $3.8 million if no members other than those who filed the suit join the litigation.

Announcing the settlement, CEO Jose Mas noted that enhanced training in the years since the complaints were filed has reduced the threat of litigation, allowing the company to safely resolve old lawsuits without fear of triggering new ones.

Advice: Overtime rules are tricky even for the savviest manager. Untrained managers can be absolutely clueless, and what they don’t know can hurt their employers. Train managers on overtime rules, have more than one person sign off on overtime denials and frequently evaluate positions to ensure they are truly exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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