Shanti Atkins of the Compliance Training Blog has an interesting blog post about the crippling trend of wage and hour litigation.  The post references a recent BusinessWeek article discussing how plaintiffs’ employment lawyers are "printing" money  with wage and hour cases.  One of the plaintiff’s lawyers is quoted as saying,

"I can hit a company with a hundred sexual harassment lawsuits, and it will not inflict anywhere near the damage that [a wage and hour suit] will."

In my experience, wage and hour issues are often misunderstood by employers.  Employers tend to run into problems when they ignore overtime regulations.  If you have questions I suggest checking out this handy reference guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and consulting your employment lawyer.  You might also consider a wage and hour review to avoid misclassification of employees.