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Wage and hour: Employee fairness

Lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) have been becoming increasingly popular in the last years.

While you might think that you are being fair to all of your employees—full-time, part-time and temporary—sometimes being too flexible, and what you would consider fair, could be reason for an employee to file these types of claims.

3 things NOT to do:
1. Classify employees as exempt in an attempt to avoid paying overtime
2. Allow non-exempt employees to set their own schedules or allow for flexible lunch hours or breaks
3. Allow non-exempt employees to work during non-business hours

Implementing a general set of rules like the above can help protect your business or company against certain lawsuits but it is important to make sure you have Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) as well.

If properly endorsed, these policies can provide for defense costs only in a wage and hour suit.

EPLI will assure you coverage against actual or alleged wrongful employment conduct such as wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment from an employee and, with optional third party coverage, from customers and other parties.

For more information call Starke today at 334.263.5535 or click here for a free quote!