The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has been busy of late. There’s been a 77% spike in lawsuits involving wage and hour disputes in recent years. And most of those complaints have been legitimate – the feds have found violations in almost three-quarters of complaints that have been filed.
Employers are routinely getting into trouble with DOL over violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the law that governs how employees must be paid. Organizations should ensure that supervisors and managers understand employees’ rights under the FLSA so that honest oversights and mistakes don’t cause preventable problems.
Fact is, there are thousands of wage and hour violations every year, either through misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance. So, what exactly does the FLSA require?