Your employees count on receiving the correct wages so that they can pay their bills and meet their needs. One of the fastest ways that you can end up with negative publicity from those employees is to pay them incorrectly. As an employer, it's far better to make sure that you avoid that bad publicity -- and the litigation that can go with it -- by strictly adhering to wage and hour laws, including those set by the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Unfortunately, that's often easier said than done. Employers and employees often disagree over things like whether or not an employee is actually an independent contractor and when an employee is due overtime. In addition, even tiny payroll errors can sometimes lead to big mistakes -- and those can lead to costly confrontations. You can end up owing money to your employees for back pay -- and money to the government in penalties and fines.
Small businesses often bear the brunt of these lawsuits because they may not even realize they're in violation of the law. Fortunately, you can often reduce the impact of a wage dispute on your business through the quick use of negotiation.
Even so, there might be times when an employee chooses to take action against your company by taking an issue to court. In these cases, you should have someone on your side who is experienced in wage and employment law and can fight for the best interests of your company. We are here to help you through these matters so you can focus on your business.