Suits were filed in early April against several large health care employers in Pittsburgh alleging that the employers had illegal pay practices that deprived the class members of compensation for all hours worked. The suits were filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which is the usual vehicle for redress of these claims. However, the suits were also brought under ERISA and RICO. One of the issues in the cases is the meal break deduction, pursuant to which a 30 minute meal period was automatically deducted from the employees’ time. The claim is that employees had to routinely work through their meal periods. Many health care employers use electronic time and attendance systems that make these automatic deductions and it is not uncommon for health care employees to forego meal periods. Health care employers need to take steps to ensure that they are in full compliance with all wage and hour laws. The defense of these types of claims is extremely expensive.