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Justiss Oil pays nearly $620K in back wages

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JENA, La. (AP) — Justiss Oil Co. Inc. has paid 270 current and former employees nearly $620,000 in back wages after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

The investigation, announced Monday, found that the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime and record-keeping provisions when it did not pay its workers for time spent at mandatory staff meetings and failed to record the time spent at those meetings.

Federal labor officials say the company has paid all back wages in full, $619,830, and agreed to comply with all applicable FLSA provisions in the future.

Justiss, established in 1946, is an oil field services company with about 408 employees. It is mainly a land-based drilling, exploration, production and well-servicing company.

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