The number of federally filed wage and hour cases hit a new high in 2015, and, as Corporate Counsel reports, this trend is likely to continue in 2016. Similarly, California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement is increasingly cracking down on employer wage and hour law violations. As employment lawyers see wage and hour cases becoming an increasingly large part of their practices, others may be looking to get into the area. Here are some basics to know and tips for those who represent multistate employers.
A recent study by the law firm Seyfarth Shaw discussed in The Blog of LegalTimes shows a steady increase in wage and hour suits brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) over the last few years. Seyfarth partner Richard Alfred explains the spike as due to the bad economy; those who lost jobs are looking at their legal options. And he doesn’t see an end to the increase any time soon. This presents an opportunity for those attorneys who are up to speed in this area. Here’s an overview of the FLSA to get you started.