Employees and the hours they work are protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Unfortunately, a large percentage of employers do not have a proper understanding of the FLSA. As a result, employees are not properly categorized as salaried or hourly employees. This can result in devastating consequences. Additionally, uninformed employers run the risk of making other common mistakes such as:
- Allowing employees to work off the clock
- Improperly withholding wages
- Paying improper minimum wage rates
- Giving minors duties that are in violation of the la;
- Miscalculation of overtime wages
- Improperly calculating a bonus with regard to overtime wages
Committing one or many of these mistakes may result in a Department of Labor investigation, a lawsuit and/or cost an employer thousands to millions of dollars in damages.
The Protection You Need
Mills Shirley's employment attorneys have assisted and defended employers faced with Department of Labor investigations and wage and hour lawsuits. Their experience helps protect employers' rights by asserting the defenses to which they are entitled to accomplish minimal government intrusion and action.
Being proactive is the best initial defense to any investigation or lawsuit. Contact our attorneys for help with reviewing your policies and procedures to help you fully comply with the applicable laws, particularly as those relate to employee categories and overtime requirements.
- O'Quinn v. Chambers County, C.A. No. G-85-308, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division, 650 F.Supp. 25; 1986 U.S. Dist., Lexis 18907; 106 Lab. Cas. (CCH) P34,927; 27 Wage & Hour Cas. (BNA) 16, August 15, 1986 (Fair Labor Standards Act).