Record Workplace Lawsuits Expected Under Trump Administration

The Chicago Tribune reports that “while workplace agencies during the Obama years aggressively investigated and sued employers for violations, Republican administrations historically have backed off enforcement, and plaintiffs’ attorneys usually end up filing more lawsuits on behalf of workers to fill the void”. In 2016, payout for wage and hour class action settlements soared, with the payout value of the top ten cases up 200 percent from 2014. The Tribune says experts are forecasting an especially litigious 2017, blaming a combination of technology and increased awareness of wage and hour law, and even going so far as to say the number one risk to employers is tied to how employees are paid.

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