Making Sure Employers Abide By Fair Labor Practices
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is one of the oldest employment law statutes, and yet it is seeing explosive growth in its application. At its core, the FLSA requires most employees to be subject to a maximum 40-hour workweek or to receive time-and-a-half overtime compensation for every hour worked beyond 40 hours. However, with the advent of smartphones, laptops and other devices that facilitate working remotely, it is easy for employees to claim that they have worked more than 40 hours a week and are entitled to overtime pay for doing things like answering emails outside of the office.
Providing Information And Guidance That Employers Need
Employers must be aware of the potential pitfalls of new technologies. At Thatcher Law Firm, as experienced Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland Fair Labor Standards Act lawyers handling cases throughout the mid-Atlantic region, we can help you develop best practices regarding the FLSA that will prevent your business from winding up in front of a judge having to explain how your innocent actions did not inadvertently trigger overtime provisions.
It is not just the emergence of new technology that has given rise to more FLSA claims. Many employees who are treated as exempt from the FLSA by their employers on the grounds that they perform administrative duties are now claiming that they are misclassified because they really have no discretion in their job activities and have no supervisory responsibilities. It is important for employers to properly classify employees and to be ready to defend these classifications. As experienced attorneys in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., region, we can help guide your business through the labyrinth of FLSA regulations.
Our Maryland-Washington, D.C., Fair Labor Standards Act attorneys have represented plaintiffs and defendants in employment suits. This experience means that we understand the issues from both sides of the courtroom and are better prepared to assist you.