Avoiding Employee Claims of Wage and Hour Violations

Terri Casey, JD

As small business owners, orthopaedic surgeons are well aware of the many state and federal laws governing business practices. Although the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is often overlooked, small and large businesses can find that violations of this act can result in substantial expenditures of time, energy, and money.

Since 2004, the number of FLSA lawsuits tied to wage-and-hour disputes has increased 77 percent, according to the National Employment Lawyers’ Association. High-profile lawsuits against major corporations have increased employee awareness of the rules.

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