December 01, 2014

How to Conduct a Wage and Hour "Check Up"

Kara E. Shea

One of the top areas of exposure for most employers is wage and hour law. In fact, employers are about three times more likely to be sued in federal court for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal law regulating wage issues, than they are for discrimination or harassment. At the same time, wage and hour enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) are also cracking down. Given the recent increase in wage and hour litigation and enforcement, employers should periodically conduct an internal review to spot and correct wage and hour compliance issues. I’ve assisted clients with numerous such self-audits through the years, and in doing so, I’ve come up with the following priority “checklist.”

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