Pennsylvania is one of seven hot states for wage-and-hour complaints, according to a report by employment law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Fourth Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report shows that wage-and-hour court actions are growing at the highest rates in Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas.
The report tracks EEOC and U.S. Labor Department enforcement actions in addition to individually filed federal court cases.
If employers thought the 2006 Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) would slow employment law class actions, they will be disappointed by the report’s findings. There was no evidence that CAFA has slowed down wage-and-hour class actions at all.
Advice: Employers can avoid lawsuits only by keeping their houses in order. Have your attorney evaluate your wage-and-hour practices. Audit your HR functions, and train your managers about employment law compliance.
Final note: The report concluded that the federal courts are not as employer-friendly as they used to be. Be prepared.
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