If your organization hasn’t yet been hit with a pay-related lawsuit, consider yourself lucky. A new report shows the onslaught of wage-and-hour lawsuits continues to rise at a record pace.
Even worse, experts predict the new federalcoming in 2016 will spark a fresh round of confusion about (and attention on) employee pay issues. The result: more lawsuits.
In fiscal year 2015 (which ended on Sept. 30), U.S. employees filed more than 8,700 lawsuits in federal court related to wage-and-hour issues, says an annual study by the Seyfarth Shaw law firm. Since 2000, wage-and-hour federal court filings have skyrocketed 450%. This year’s total of 8,781 cases is more than any two pre-2005 years combined.
Why the higher risk? An intense new focus on independent contractor classification, unpaid internships, joint employer status and the fight for minimum wage hikes has created a perfect storm for Fair Labor Standar...(register to read more)