Florida’s climate is right for overtime lawsuits; build your defense

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That dedicated employee working through her lunch period, even though she’s clocked out, could be a Florida employer’s biggest future liability.

Why? Because several South and Central Florida law firms have built lucrative practices on a solid foundation of overtime lawsuits.

Florida lawyers have a history of aggressive employment-law entrepreneurship. In the late 90s, several firms pursued ADA lawsuits by identifying retail stores with poor handicapped accessibility and sending in wheelchair-bound customers who later filed complaints. In one case, an attorney sent in his own uncle.

250 percent jump in OT lawsuits

The current litigation wave exploits employer confusion about overtime rules. A couple of years ago, the U.S. Labor Department made important changes to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations.

It’s taken a few years for employers to catch on to the nuances of the new FLSA world...(register to read more)

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