Tags: employee lawsuits, employment, wage and hour law, wage-hour claims
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On Wednesday, November 14th MBBP’s employment practice is holding an informational seminar on wage and hour claims and what employers can do to avoid them. Wage and hour claims across the U.S. are at an all-time high. The laws governing the payment of wages, overtime pay, vacation pay, compensable working time and commissions, and the use of independent contractors, have become a leading source of employee claims and employer liability. Mistakes can be very costly because penalties in Massachusetts include mandatory treble damages and attorneys’ fees, as well as potential civil and criminal liability for individual corporate officers. Unfortunately for businesses, the rules in this area of the law are not always clear and misconceptions abound. Well-intentioned and otherwise law-abiding businesses are increasingly facing wage-related government investigations and employee lawsuits.
In this seminar MBBP will identify the most common wage and hour challenges and employer misconceptions. We will review the governing rules and offer guidance and tips to help your business avoid unlawful pay practices and reduce employee wage claim risks.
For more information, directions, or to register, please visit the event page: Wage & Hour Claims: What Employers Can Do to Avoid Them.
Wage and Hour Lawsuits Hit Record High 08/14/2012Posted by Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton in Client News.
Tags: employers, wage and hour law, wage laws, wage-hour claims
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By: Bob Shea
The number of wage and hour lawsuits filed in federal court hit a record high for the twelve month period ending March 31, 2012. The number of actions filed each year has more than doubled in the past ten years. The majority of these lawsuits involve claims of employee misclassification, including claims of employees being classified as independent contractors and of non-exempt employees being classified as exempt (and not receiving overtime pay). Many lawsuits also involve claims of employees not being compensated for work performed outside regular work hours. Over the past decade, many lawyers representing employees have changed the focus of their practice from handling discrimination claims to pursuing wage-hour claims because of the higher success rate and class action potential. For employers, this means they should consider inceasing compliance efforts.
Please feel free to contact Bob with any questions on this topic.