Ahead of the December 1, 2016 deadline for compliance with the Department of Labor's final rule on overtime, research by TSheets and Lexology into wage and hour prosecutions by the DoL reveals that: 

  • Since 1985, there have been 120,000 successful, concluded wage and hour prosecutions by the Department of Labor under the Fair Labor Standards Act. That's equivalent to more than 10 companies being prosecuted every day for three decades. 
  • The majority of these prosecutions have occurred in the last 10 to 15 years. 
  • The total amount recovered, in back wages and fines, is more than US$1.5 billion.
  • The worst-hit industry, by some margin, is food services and accommodation, attracting 29,402 successful wage and hour prosecutions by the DoL since 1985. This is equivalent to almost 25% of the total.

Find out more by exploring the interactive FLSA Lawsuit Research Tool.