Companies can run into major problems if they fail to pay their employees for all compensable work time. The complexity of the FLSA’s rules and different state requirements—like strict California meal break laws—can cause confusion among employers as to whether certain time counts as compensable work hours. As a result, employers are frequently defending against costly wage and hour lawsuits.
With big verdicts, record settlements, increasing worker awareness, and widespread public attention to how employees are paid, it’s no surprise that the number of wage and hour lawsuits is increasing. Given these factors, employers should tread carefully when determining payment for employees.
View the recorded webinar to watch how EPAY Systems and Seyfarth Shaw dive into the legal requirements for paying employees for meal and rest breaks, travel time and on-call time.
Chelsea D. Mesa is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Her practice focuses on advising employers concerning various employment-related issues, including compliance with California and federal anti-discrimination, anti-harassment and leave laws, and other human resources practices, as well as negotiating and documenting employment and severance agreements. Ms. Mesa also counsels clients on their employment policies, and performs trainings on all aspects of employment conduct, including California-mandated sexual harassment training, discrimination training, and training on the interplay of the Americans with Disability Act with state and federal leave laws. In addition, Ms. Mesa advises employers on hiring and termination decisions, including those where federal and state WARN requirements are triggered, and handling performance deficiencies and evaluations.
Ms. Mesa has extensive experience litigating employment matters on behalf of clients in the retail, manufacturing, entertainment, distribution, food-service, health care and technology industries, including single-plaintiff discrimination, wage and hour, harassment, and wrongful termination matters, as well as class actions. Ms. Mesa also has experience in handling traditional labor matters, including arbitrations regarding issues arising under collective bargaining agreements and advising clients on union-related issues.
Cheryl A. Luce is an associate in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the firm's Labor and Employment Department and Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Luce represents employers before state and federal courts, the Department of Labor, the EEOC, and state administrative agencies. She is experienced in wage-and-hour, discrimination, family and medical leave, accommodation, discipline, discharge and workplace investigation issues. Ms. Luce also has experience counseling employers on employee benefits and ERISA issues.
Ms. Luce's practice focuses on defending employers against class and collective action claims arising under state wage-and-hour laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She is experienced in researching, drafting and assisting in the preparation of various court filings, including motions for summary judgment, discovery, and documents related to collective and class actions and settlements.