Q. In our industry, there is a historical practice to pay field workers a daily wage, which compensates them for all hours worked. Now we understand that class actions are being used in the wage-and-hour area to fight such practices. Is this practice a good idea in light of class-action suits?
A. You are taking a risk, because your daily-wage rate might not properly compensate field workers if they are eligible for overtime under either state or federal laws. You need to have an experienced wage-and-hour lawyer advise you about this. Problems in this area can be expensive to fix, but even more expensive to ignore.