Wage Hour Audit, Assessment & Advice

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Helping employers mitigate the very real risk posed by government enforcement and private litigation of wage and hour claims.

Experience shows that the best defense against wage and hour liability is to assess and, where necessary, correct existing wage and hour policies and practices to ensure compliance with applicable wage and hour laws.


Home to many of the country’s preeminent wage and hour attorneys, Seyfarth regularly guides many of the largest and best known companies with US operations, as well as more modest-sized and emerging employers, through the morass of legal requirements for wages, hours of work, and pay practices. We spend the majority of our time litigating and counseling in this highly specialized and regulated area. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to collaborate with our clients to develop assessments specifically tailored to their needs, and the practical bent to develop solutions compatible with our clients’ business goals. Our attorneys are adept at analyzing questions under federal and state laws on topics such as exempt and independent contractor classification, overtime requirements and calculation, tipped employee issues, and compensability of pre-shift and post-shift activities, meal and rest breaks, and training time, to name just a few.


Classification Reviews. A review of policies and practices to determine whether employees are properly classified as exempt from federal and state minimum wage and overtime requirements or whether workers are properly treated as independent contractors.

Pay Practices Reviews. A review of policies and practices for compliance with federal and state laws governing regular rate and overtime pay, minimum wage, uncompensated work periods, pooling and distribution of gratuities, meal breaks, the timeliness of wage payments, vacation pay, and Sunday and holiday premium pay.

Wall-to-Wall Reviews. A comprehensive review of exposure that includes classification and pay practices reviews, designed to achieve economies in human capital and expenditures.

Due Diligence. In the context of mergers and acquisitions, an analysis of risk and exposure under applicable wage and hour laws to strategically develop post-merger and post-acquisition risk avoidance and mitigation plans.