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September 21, 2015

Worker-Friendly Rules Keep FLSA Suits At Record Highs
By Aaron Vehling

Federal courts are on track to field a record number of wage-and-hour suits this year, according to a recent Syracuse University study, a trend attorneys attribute to an increased awareness of proposed worker-friendly overtime and classification changes that will ensure the upward trend continues beyond 2015. Federal courts reported 761 new Fair Labor Standards Act filings in August, indicating a fiscal-year pattern that, if continued through the end of the fiscal year this month, would yield 8,820 FLSA lawsuits in fiscal year 2015, according to a study released Wednesday by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. “This would be the largest number since employment levels tumbled after the 2008 financial crisis,” the study says. Overall, the data show that FLSA suit filings are up by about 21 percent from their levels five years ago, and up about 15 percent from last year, according to TRAC’s report.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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