Off-the-clock Work Ban Can Save You From Wage and Hour Lawsuits

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Wage and hour lawsuits are on the rise, usually with non-exempt employees claiming they weren’t paid either for overtime or for work they may have performed before or after their shift. But, if you have ironclad policies in place, you can greatly minimize both the chances of being sued and also losing the case. One California case illustrates how one employer, thanks to its policies on prohibiting work off the clock, was able to avoid a trial and payment of damages after an appeals court threw out a potential class-action suit by employees claiming they hadn’t been paid for overtime…
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Businesses Pay Record Amounts for Lawsuits over Employee Treatment

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Employers are paying out more for legal settlements and judgments for cases brought by employees over how they are being treated. According to the employment law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, settlements for the 10 biggest class-action suits brought by employees grew an astounding 55% to $2.72 billion in 2017 from $1.75 billion the year prior. The trend in employee class actions reflects a similar trend of individual actions, which should be a wake-up call for employers to review their human resources policies and practices. These cases include claims for: • Wage-and-hour violations (such as insufficient pay, failure to pay…
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FMLA, FLSA Lawsuits Surge, Exposing Employers to Large Awards

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The number of employee lawsuits against employers for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and wage and hour violations has skyrocketed in the last five years and your firm could be the next target even for a small misstep, which can be costly. The Department of Labor has increased its budget and the number of investigators pursuing employers who violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which covers wage and hour complaints, including exempt and non-exempt employee violations, overtime violations and similar issues. Employment law attorneys say that the surge in FMLA complaints is a result of more people knowing about…
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Changes to California’s New Paid Sick Leave Law

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Less than two weeks after it took effect, California’s paid sick leave law has been changed with important amendments that affect most employers in the state. The new changes took effect immediately upon Gov. Jerry Brown signing the fixer legislation to last year’s Healthy Families Act of 2014. The new law gives employers some new flexibility in how they accrue paid sick leave. To make sure that you stay on top of the new law and understand your responsibilities, the following are the main changes: Employer standard The old law: Under the original version of the law, if an employee…
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Reduce Chance of Lawsuits with Strong Employee Handbook

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The legal threat is constantly growing for businesses, not only from outside the organization by business partners or customers, but also from within – by employees. Currently the bigger threat is being sued by your own staff for running afoul of a smorgasbord of statutes like labor, wage and hour, worker classification, discrimination and harassment laws. As an employer you need to be aware of the many threats errant policies may pose to your organization’s financial wellbeing. One lawsuit by a disgruntled or wronged employee with a large award or hefty attorney fees can sink a small business. Part of…
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