Over the past several years, class and collective actions alleging wage and hour violations against healthcare employers have increased dramatically. Plaintiffs' class action law firms have aggressively targeted healthcare employers in many jurisdictions including New York. The main focus of these cases is so-called automatic meal period deductions, but other alleged “off-the-clock” pay practices also are being scrutinized. A few weeks ago, we contacted you about this issue. Since then, many New York healthcare workers have received direct mail solicitations that invite them to provide information about their employment experiences to class counsel and to sign up to join planned lawsuits. At the same time, the DOL announced targeted audit initiatives focusing on New York healthcare employers, and hired additional personnel to support stepped up enforcement activity.
On April 1, 2010, Seyfarth Shaw is hosting a roundtable discussion on these issues for New York area healthcare clients and friends. We will focus on wage and hour "hot spots" and what your institution can do to minimize risk.
- Alexander Passantino, formerly Acting & Deputy Administrator for the Wage & Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor
- Lorie Almon, Co-chair of Seyfarth's National Wage & Hour practice and defense counsel to current Seyfarth healthcare clients in New York
Kristin McGurn and Richard Alfred, defense counsel to current Seyfarth healthcare clients targeted in wage and hour collective actions outside
- Edward Bergmann, state and federal wage and hour guru, with more than 40 years of experience with healthcare employers
Richard Reice, who represents many health care employers in the
New York area
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For event- related questions, please contact Jamie Millward at firstname.lastname@example.org.