Consider these comments regarding Wage and Hour litigation found around the web.
“Based on reports, 2010 was the biggest year for employment discrimination settlements. There was a four-fold increase in the value of class action settlements from 2009 to 2010… Never before has this area of employment law experienced such high-value class action settlements… Most experts say that wage and hour suits, under either state law or the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), will continue to see record filings through 2011…(more)”
“Wage and hour claims are on the rise, particularly those involving meal and rest period violations, unpaid overtime, and off-the-clock claims. Because of the nature of these lawsuits, virtually every employer is exposed to costly litigation — sometimes so costly, in fact, that it can drive a company out of business…(more)”
“According to the study, that surveyed over 1,800 senior legal and HR professionals, there are more class action wage and hour lawsuitsthan all other employment discrimination class action lawsuits combined…(more)”
“Recent Trends in Wage and Hour Settlements: Big Money For Plaintiffs; Big Cost for Companies… What is clear is that wage and hour class litigation is here to stay, and in a big way…(more)”
“In 2009, the 10 largest private wage and hour settlements totaled nearly $364 million, 44% more than the 10 biggest settlements in 2008. States with the most significant growth in wage and hour litigation are California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Washington…(more)”
So what can you do about it?
Having an automated Workforce Management system that captures the requried information and applies company and legal policies accurately and consistenly will not only help you defend against such claims, but will reduce the chance of a lawsuit in the first place.