With the dramatic increase in wage and hour claims and constant changes in U.S. federal and state regulations, wage and hour compliance has achieved an unparalleled importance for employers. Claims based on alleged violations of federal and state wage and hour laws have proliferated and become a primary focus for plaintiffs' counsel. Employers must ensure that both their wage and hour policies and practices comply with applicable federal and state laws or risk substantial exposure.
Locke Lord possesses a well-regarded, national wage and hour defense practice that stands ready to assist employers. Over the years, we have defended numerous wage and hour investigations by the United States Department of Labor and similar state agencies. Locke Lord's labor and employment lawyers regularly perform compliance audits for our clients, as well as provide guidance regarding issues such as employee classification, hours worked, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and payroll expense control and planning. Locke Lord's compliance assistance also includes management training, policy preparation, and the administration of payroll disputes.
Our wage and hour lawyers also stand ready to go to court to represent our clients in individual and collective action litigation. We have substantial experience in defending employers against claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, or similar state laws, before federal and state trial and appellate courts. Common litigation matters with which we have assisted our clients include:
From Locke Lord's U.S. footprint, our wage and hour lawyers are able to quickly and effectively respond to wage and hour compliance issues, investigations and lawsuits wherever our clients face such challenges. We provide our clients innovative and effective strategies to promote timely and cost-minded resolution of wage and hour matters that serve the best interests of our clients.