March 2007

Make no mistake

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There are 10 common employment mistakes. How many do you make?

by Victoria L. Donati and Jason C. Kim
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Rising fuel and insurance costs. A slowdown in the economy. Increased competition. The day-to-day tasks of attracting customers and servicing their needs. With all your responsibilities, it is little wonder certain nuances of employment law sometimes slip through the cracks. But this does not have to be the case—many violations can be avoided with a little forethought. What follows is advice for avoiding 10 of the most common mistakes employers make regarding their employment practices.

1. Questionable wage and hour practices

Class-action lawsuits related to wage and hour violations now outpace lawsuits involving employment discrimination claims. This trend has been fueled by recent changes to federal overtime regulations and state wage and hour laws, resulting in a dizzying number of costly wage actions for employers.

Employees (and their lawyers) are becoming increasingly aware of their rights under applicable federal and state wage and hour laws and suing to ensure they are paid properly. Such suits are particularly costly because many employers are ill-equipped to disprove an employee's claim and the law requires employers to foot the bill for any successful...

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