Enforcement, Liability, Prevention and Defense
Author: Peter J. Gillespie, Fisher & Phillips LLP
- The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is enforced primarily through investigations by the US Department of Labor (DOL) and private lawsuits by employees. See Enforcement.
- Employers that violate the FLSA may be held liable for back wages, attorney fees, civil penalties and even imprisonment. See Liability.
- Audits, supervisor training and other actions can help prevent FLSA claims, or limit damages in the event of a claim. See Prevention.
- In the event of a DOL investigation or employee lawsuit, there are several issues that HR, in consultation with management, should consider. See Defense.