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Wage & Hour Issues

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Wage and hour lawsuits and Department of Labor investigations have risen drastically in recent years. The cost of defending such lawsuits has also greatly increased because many wage and hour lawsuits at both the state and federal level involve class, collective, or multi-plaintiff actions.
Akerman's Labor & Employment Practice Group is recognized as a leader, handling the complexities and multi-faceted nature of large scale wage and hour lawsuits. Our experience in all aspects of wage and hour laws enables us to assist employers in any industry with implementing strategies designed to comply with the law, help to prevent the onset of litigation, and defend disputes that may arise.

Practice Highlights
Bullet Conduct audits of employers' payroll practices and records to ensure that employees are properly paid and classified as exempt or non-exempt, and that records are kept in accordance with applicable law
Bullet Draft, review, and revise employers' pay policies and practices to assist with compliance with the FLSA and related state laws
Bullet Provide day-to-day guidance to employers on proper pay practices
Bullet Train human resources professionals and supervisors on complying with proper pay practices and policies, including preventing off-the-clock work, time-clock abuse or misuse, and improper classification of employees as exempt or independent contractors
Bullet Defend wage and hour lawsuits brought in federal and state courts across the U.S. and defend wage and hour investigations brought by the Department of Labor in connection with issues such as:
-   Off-the-clock work
-  "Donning" and "doffing" activities
-   Misclassification of employees as exempt from the FLSA or state law requirements
    of overtime pay or as an independent contractor
-   Commission and bonus programs
-   Tip pooling
-   Proper payment of salaries to exempt employees
-   Miscalculations of employees
Bullet Recommend changes on pay plans to reduce the amount of overtime that must be paid
Bullet Help employers navigate compliance under the White Collar, Retail and Service Establishment, Motor Carrier Act, and Railway Labor Act exemptions

"This trusted labor and employment practice is active in class actions and collective bargaining, and is also a major player in whistle-blower, wage and hour, noncompete and discrimination suits." (Chambers USA)
Bullet U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation: Labor & Employment, and Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law categories
Bullet The Legal 500: Ranked as one of the leading law firms for Immigration in the U.S.
Bullet Chambers USA: Labor & Employment Practice Group ranked in Florida since 2003

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