Preventing and Defending

Wage & Hour Claims & Class Actions

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

About

Is your client adequately protected against the recent surge of wage and hour claims?

Unfortunately for employers, wage and hour claims continue to be a red-hot issue. According to the federal Department of Labor, the number of workers receiving back wages has increased by over 33 percent since 2001. In 2004, the DOL's Wage and Hour Division recovered more than $196 million in back wages.

There has also been a dramatic increase in the number of wage and hour class actions filed. In 2003, the number of FLSA class actions exceeded the number of class actions under all other federal statutes combined. And, the number of class actions increased steadily throughout 2004, as savvy plaintiffs' counsel have launched new and creative actions against employers. The newest development: record numbers of claims are being brought over exempt v. non-exempt status and in the area of off-the-clock claims.

The American Conference Institute's publication on Wage and Hour Claims and Class Actions will give you tools to reduce exposures, proactively ensure compliance, and successfully defend against this growing threat. Focusing on both California and federal law, top wage and hour specialists will provide you with their valuable, practical insights on how to:

    Manage exposures relating to exempt v. non-exempt status
    Use the Class Actions Fairness Act to minimize potential damages
    Prepare for the fallout from the recent FLSA amendments
    Strategically defend - on procedure and substance - your client against wage and hour actions
    Respond when you are a target of regulators

Contents & Contributors

About

Is your client adequately protected against the recent surge of wage and hour claims?

Unfortunately for employers, wage and hour claims continue to be a red-hot issue. According to the federal Department of Labor, the number of workers receiving back wages has increased by over 33 percent since 2001. In 2004, the DOL's Wage and Hour Division recovered more than $196 million in back wages.

There has also been a dramatic increase in the number of wage and hour class actions filed. In 2003, the number of FLSA class actions exceeded the number of class actions under all other federal statutes combined. And, the number of class actions increased steadily throughout 2004, as savvy plaintiffs' counsel have launched new and creative actions against employers. The newest development: record numbers of claims are being brought over exempt v. non-exempt status and in the area of off-the-clock claims.

The American Conference Institute's publication on Wage and Hour Claims and Class Actions will give you tools to reduce exposures, proactively ensure compliance, and successfully defend against this growing threat. Focusing on both California and federal law, top wage and hour specialists will provide you with their valuable, practical insights on how to:

    Manage exposures relating to exempt v. non-exempt status
    Use the Class Actions Fairness Act to minimize potential damages
    Prepare for the fallout from the recent FLSA amendments
    Strategically defend - on procedure and substance - your client against wage and hour actions
    Respond when you are a target of regulators

Contents & Contributors


EXEMPT/NON-EXEMPT STATUS: PROTECTING YOUR CLIENT FROM NEW AND EMERGING EXPOSURES
Robert Whitman, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

THE CLASS ACTION FAIRNESS ACT OF 2005: AN OVERVIEW
Lisa A. Schreter, Littler Mendelson

THE USE AND MISUSE OF ARBITRATION CLAUSES TO PREVENT WAGE AND HOUR CLAIMS
John S. Battenfeld, Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP
Julia Y. Trankiem, Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP

RECORDKEEPING AND PREVENTIVE AUDIT PRACTICES: PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR IN-HOUSE COUNSEL SEEKING TO AVOID WAGE AND HOUR CLAIMS
R. Brian Dixon, Littler Mendelson
Jacqueline K. Gallagher, Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP
Todd J. Glassman, Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP

MEAL BREAKS, REST PERIODS, PAGA, AND OTHER WAGE AND HOUR LAW ISSUES UNDER CALIFORNIA: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Steven G. Zieff, Rudy, Exelrod & Zieff, LLP

DEFENDANTS CAN STILL WIN THESE THINGS: THE BATTLE CONTINUES OVER CERTIFICATION OF CALIFORNIA WAGE/HOUR CLASS ACTIONS POST SAV-ON
E. Jeffrey Grube, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP

SAV-ON, BELL, AND PROPOSITION 64: THE FUTURE OF WAGE & HOUR CLASS ACTIONS UNDER CALIFORNIA LAW
Rex. S. Heinke, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Catherine A. Conway, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

DEFENDING WAGE/HOUR CLASS ACTIONS
Walter B. Connolly, Jr., Connolly & Scharman PLLC

THE FLSA COLLECTIVE ACTION: NOT YOUR TYPICAL RULE 23 CLASS ACTION
Jason E. Reisman, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP
Jacob M. Sitman, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP

OFF-THE-CLOCK CLAIMIS: NEW EXPOSURES AND PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR REDUCING RISK
Paul J. Siegel, Esq., Jackson Lewis LLP

ISSUES SURROUNDING WAGE/HOUR CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENTS - SPECIAL MASTERS AND REVERSION
Kenneth D. Sulzer, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

PROACTIVE SETTLEMENT STRATEGIES FOR WAGE AND HOUR ACTIONS
Hunter R. Hughes, III, Esq., Rogers & Hardin



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