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New Jersey Gas Station Labor Practices

Posted by Barry Rubin on 3/7/2016
New Jersey Gas Station Labor Practices

Check the oil, and your labor practices.

More than 1,100 New Jersey gas station attendants receive $5.5 million in back wages and damages in US Labor Department enforcement initiative.

Violations found at Shell, Exxon, BP and other national brand gas stations. 

Over 1000 Gas Station attendants in New Jersey have been denied the minimum wage and overtime pay in what the DOL is considering a direct and willful violation federal FLSA record-keeping provisions.

New Jersey is one of only two states in the nation that only offer full service gasoline stations. In fact a law was passed in 1949 which prohibits New Jersey resident not specifically trained to do so, from pumping their own gas. Remember in 1949 fuel dispensing technology was not inferior to today and possibly dangerous.  The tradition continues in part due to the number of jobs service stations create for low wage workforce. Many of these employees are just entering or transitioning from the labor force, students and the retired fill many of the positions. But just as often these minimum wage jobs are held by workers that already find difficulty to pay rent and put food on the table for their families. Making these violations that much more despicable.

Thomas E. Perez, the Secretary of Labor said in regard to this case that the U.S. Labor Department is determined to assure all workers receive all of the wages they have rightfully earned , also noting that these wages also fuel the local economy.

The U.S. Labor Department has engaged in strategic enforcement and outreach efforts to educate all parties on their rights and responsibilities, and efforts are having an impact on the New Jersey gas station industry.

 The division's investigators report that some gas stations have already hired additional employees to steer clear of further overtime violations; installed time clocks to track hours worked; and are working with consultants who are providing managers policy and best practice on overtime and minimum wage.