I strongly advise employers to conduct regular and comprehensive wage and hour audits to ensure that their pay practices comply with all aspects of wage and hour laws.
News in the area of wage and hour law continues to be discouraging for employers, and each year, wage and hour class-based litigation and government enforcement actions continue to increase. Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) claims filed in federal court are now at record highs. Smaller employers increasingly are targeted, as plaintiffs’ law firms have improved their efficiency in identifying and litigating potential wage and hour claims. Smaller employers have limited time and resources, and may not be able to conduct a soup-to-nuts wage and hour compliance audit.