As an employer, ensuring that your employees receive fair and accurate compensation for their work is not only important from an ethical standpoint; it is essential to avoid costly litigation.
Unfortunately, even the most diligent employers can make mistakes that may result in allegations of wage and hour violations. In such cases, obtaining experienced legal guidance can be critical to minimizing the risk of litigation and ensuring compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
FLSA requirements apply to most employers
The Fair Labor Standards Act sets certain requirements regarding the pay that workers receive, including minimum wage and overtime, as well as other areas such as record keeping and child labor. It applies to almost every employer, regardless of size or industry.
Unfortunately, not every employer may be fully aware of the specific requirements under this act, and even well-intentioned employers can inadvertently run afoul of the law. This can result in employees filing lawsuits alleging FLSA violations regarding wages and hours worked.
Experienced employment law attorneys help minimize risk
It is essential to work with experienced employment law attorneys who can provide guidance on FLSA compliance and best practices for wage and hour requirements at both the federal and state level before allegations ever occur. Attorneys can help employers by:
- Reviewing company policies and practices to ensure compliance with the FLSA,
- Providing advice on specific requirements or situations
- Responding to employee complaints and investigations
Businesses that ignore wage and hour laws and regulations may face significant financial penalties, damage to their reputation and negative publicity.
Vigilance and experience are key
Employers must be vigilant about FLSA compliance and ensure their policies and practices are in line with both federal law and state law. Seeking professional guidance early and working with experienced employment law attorneys is crucial to minimizing risk and avoiding costly litigation resulting from allegations of wage and hour violations.