One of the management trends we previously identified for 2009 is the additional assault of wage & hour claims by employees.
It is clear that - in a down economy - terminated employees employment elsewhere (at least not quickly). With time on their hands, those former employees are talking to their friends and attorneys about the 'abuse' they had working for their former employer - you.
In the meantime, attorneys LOVE wage & hour claims. They are relatively easy to prove, are frequently not understood by employers, and the opportunity for a class action is available.
So - what do you do?
First, audit your operations.
Second, read this article by John Skousen of Fisher & Phillips - some excellent practical advice for all employers.