Wage & Hour Compliance

The complexity of federal and state wage and hour laws present major challenges to employers, often involving significant monetary exposure. Our experienced wage and hour lawyers assist employers in achieving compliance while meeting their business objectives, and in minimizing exposure when faced with litigation.


The requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and related federal statutes, and the state wage and hour laws are complex and sometimes counter-intuitive. As a result, government enforcement and private party litigation has significantly increased in recent years. Wage and hour class actions in particular have increased exponentially. With expanded statutes of limitations, increased liquidated damages, and numerous “traps for the unwary,” monetary exposure can be surprisingly large.

How We Help Our Clients

Ropes & Gray’s labor and employment lawyers are long experienced in advising and defending employers concerning federal FLSA and state wage and hour laws throughout the United States.  We counsel clients in the financial services, health care, and manufacturing industries, among many others, and defend employers before the U.S. Department of Labor, state labor departments, and in state and federal courts.  We also frequently present at seminars on wage and hour issues.  Our services include:

  • Wage and hour compliance audits
  • Implementation of corrective actions
  • Development of wage and hour policies and practices
  • Exempt/non-exempt employee classification
  • Calculation of overtime for salaried, commissioned, and fee- or stipend-based employees
  • Issues concerning “hours worked,” including travel time and sleep time
  • On-call issues