FLSA lawsuits are on the rise. (Just check out our interactive dashboard of more than 100,000 prosecutions throughout the U.S.)
They’re up more than 133 percent from 2005 and it’s possible they’ll rise again with the rollout of the new overtime regulations this December.
Unfortunately, this means that the likelihood of getting hit with a wage and hour dispute is high — but knowing what to do (and what not to do) can make all the difference.
Some FLSA “to-dos” are easier said than done, but this is one thing you can do today (as in “right this second”) to avoid potential unnecessary wage and hour lawsuits:
Make sure you have the updated and correct FLSA posters hanging in your workplace.*
*The FLSA Employee Rights poster was recently updated.
FLSA expert and employment attorney Lee Schreter says, “Make sure [you] have the mandatory posters up in the workplace. Because, unfortunately, under the FLSA, if you don’t have the poster up, you give the plaintiffs lawyer the argument that the statute of limitations is effectively void. Have somebody at every one of [your] facilities take a timestamped photo of the poster hanging up in the workplace and make it part of a permanent compliance file. Then [you] can then produce it if it ever comes up in litigation.”
Yep, it’s as simple as that.
Find the updated poster here, print it out and hang it in your breakroom, and make sure you have timestamped photographic evidence in your permanent compliance file proving that the correct poster is displayed in your workplace.
It’s one small step for your business, but one giant leap when it comes to wage and hour lawsuit protection.
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