Monday, July 18, 2016

Lawsuits for Wages, Discrimination Top Employers' Worries - BLOOMBERG

by Genevieve Douglas
Originally published: July 13, 2016

Employers are worried about the potential for increased litigation from employees in 2016, whether because of changing overtime regulations, a lack of LGBT protections in the workplace or pay disparities among employees, according to Littler Mendelson's fifth annual Executive Employer Survey released July 12.

The vast majority of respondents to this year’s survey (82 percent) expect Department of Labor enforcement to have an impact on their workplace over the next 12 months, with 31 percent anticipating a significant impact (up from 18 percent in the 2015 survey), Littler found.

Employers are extremely concerned because that is a “huge bread basket” of regulations that will affect organizations across industries and could bring wage and hour cases to the forefront, Michael Lotito, co-chair of Littler Mendelson's Workplace Policy Institute, told Bloomberg BNA July 13.