Federal wage-and-hour laws require you to have a reliable system to accurately track employees’ hours and pay. Casual timekeeping systems can easily trigger a back-wage lawsuit.
Companies subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act () must keep records for both nonexempt and . The regulations don’t say which types of record-keeping or timekeeping methods you should use, but they do specify the necessary data you need to maintain on all employees.
Pay lawsuits on the rise
Wage-and-hour lawsuits are growing exponentially, according to the national law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP. A recent report by the firm showed that class actions under the FLSA are dominating the legal scene. Another notable trend is the increase in back-wage suits on behalf of higher-income employees, such as those in financial services.
In both types of suits, the key is the time an employee puts in outside regular work hours. Companies sho...(register to read more)
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- How to Write Meeting Minutes
- Streamlined refunds allowed for post-DOMA payroll taxes
- Do tips count as pay for the purpose of calculating an employee's overtime rate of pay?
- How to regain wages paid after worker falsified timecards
- Leave-deduction option isn't enough to destroy exempt status