With the recent proposed changes to overtime exemptions and the Department of Labor’s recent guidance concerning the Fair Labor Standards Act’s worker classification, it’s no surprise that federal courts are on track to close 2015 with the largest number of new wage-and-hour cases. Overall, these cases are expected to increase by roughly 15 percent from last year. This uptick can also be attributed to employees’ increased awareness given the media attention on these issues. This comes at the same time the Department of Labor announced one of the largest recoveries of overtime wages in recent years after Halliburton agreed to pay over $18 million to its employees for unpaid overtime. With this increased attention and investigations, employers should examine their employee classifications for compliance with the new guidance.
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