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DOL teams up with private lawyers to encourage FMLA, FLSA lawsuits

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Proclaiming “there’s a new sheriff in town,” U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Hilda Solis last year launched a series of new enforcement efforts aimed at employers. Last month the DOL unveiled a first-of-its-kind arrangement: an attorney-referral partnership with the American Bar Association (ABA).

As of Dec. 13, employees with unresolved FMLA or Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) complaints with the DOL are being told of another option: a toll-free phone number that can link them to an ABA-approved lawyer in their area who could handle their lawsuit. The Wall Street Journal says the partnership essentially “helps plaintiffs' attorneys hunt for clients … let the suing commence.”

It could be a financial boon for plaintiffs’ attorneys. The big money is in FLSA cases. Employees filed more than 6,000 FLSA lawsuits last year, up from 1,500 in the early 1990s. Many employers who are sued opt to settle. With a median settlement ...(register to read more)

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