Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Wage and Hour - The Story of the Year for 2007

And my guess for 2008 as well.

Although clearly the biggest aspect of wage and hour law has been the explosion of collective action cases brought by private plaintiffs' counsel, even the DOL's enforcement activities and recoveries are at an all time level. One of its last press releases of 2007 was headlined: U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announces record wage recovery for FY 2007.

The bottom line:
For FY 2007, the 341,624 workers receiving recovered back wages is the second largest number since 1993, and the amount of those wages, $220,613,703, is the highest ever. That amount also constitutes a 67 percent increase over the 2001figure.
Nothing makes me think that this will be anything but a continuing story for 2008 and probably beyond.


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