Our role as a leading public sector wage and hour firm began immediately following the March 1985 decision of the United States Supreme Court decision in Garcia v. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority. Our firm promptly conducted workshops across the state on behalf of the California League of Cities to advise public agencies on how to comply with the FLSA. Since that time our firm has been active in legislative efforts to mitigate the harsh impact of the FLSA on public agencies. We answer specific wage and hour/FLSA questions from our clients almost daily and provide invaluable resources including our reference publication The Fair Labor Standards Act: A Public Sector Compliance Guide (we author two Guides: a specific version for California and a national version which is published by the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association), our training programs that provide their managers and supervisors with an understanding of the FLSA, and our FLSA audits that identify compliance issues and recommend practical solutions.
Wage and Hour Public Sector Advice
We have represented numerous public agencies and independent schools on FLSA/wage and hour matters which were resolved through practical and innovative solutions prior to litigation being initiated. We have written dozens of opinion letters and have also defended clients in audits conducted by the Department of Labor. We also assist agencies with the design and modification of payroll systems in order to achieve full compliance with wage and hour laws
Firm's FLSA Public Sector Audits
The concept of creating an FLSA audit arose as a result of our representation of numerous public agencies in FLSA litigation. We recognized that there are so many nuances to the FLSA for public sector employers that compliance cannot be determined by casual observation. An in-depth investigation and analysis is necessary to ensure full compliance with the law. Our firm has developed an FLSA audit protocol to evaluate whether a public agency is in compliance with the various provisions of the FLSA. The audit process we designed includes thorough investigation and analysis and practical recommendations to achieve such compliance.
We have created an Internet website for our FLSA Audit practice, which may be accessed at www.flsaaudit.com.
Wage and Hour Litigation
Our firm has litigated dozens of collective actions in federal court through all stages of litigation, including jury trials and appeals. We won a federal court trial regarding FLSA off-the clock overtime claims on behalf of the City of Los Angeles. Members of the firm have also participated in drafting of legislation regarding wage and hour issues.
Representative matters include:
Wage and Hour Training
Our firm regularly presents trainings on public sector compliance with the wage and hour laws. We regularly provide wage and hour presentations at conferences including the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NPELRA) annual conference, California Public Employer Labor Relations Association, California Special Districts Association, Southern California Labor Relations Council, Southern California Personnel Management Association, Los Angeles County City Attorney's Association and Association of California Water Agencies. We have also conducted statewide trainings on the FLSA for public agencies since 1985. Our firm also publishes The Fair Labor Standards Act: A Public Sector Compliance Guide, which is a comprehensive guide to FLSA in the public sector. Our firm has updated the FLSA section in the California League of Cities Municipal Law Handbook, and serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Thompson Publishing Group's Fair Labor Standards Handbook For States, Local Governments & Schools. We have developed an FLSA Audit workshop for our employment relations consortium clients, whose membership includes a broad cross section of public agencies in California.