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Wage-Hour Compliance

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Rankings & Honors

  • Recognized by U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2016 as a national Tier 1 leader for Employment Law—Management, Labor Law—Management, and Litigation—Labor & Employment
  • Employment attorneys ranked as leading lawyers in their fields by Chambers USA/Global
  • Ranked by Law360 as an Employment 100 firm
  • National and metropolitan honors from publications like Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and other directories and publications


We stay on the lookout for the regulations that trip up employers and help to establish sound payment practices that prevent litigation.

Our approach

Correctly compensating employees is one of the biggest challenges employers face today.

In recent years, we've seen more wage-hour claims than any other workplace dispute. Our response? Catch it before it happens. We help clients prevent claims by auditing their workplace practices and exposing potential issues before they lead to court.

And it’s not just theory. If we discover an issue, we deliver practical solutions to get you on track. Fast.

Whether its overtime, payroll, meal break, off-the-clock work or employee classification, wages are more complicated than most think. We offer training and on-call advice for management and HR team members, so that everyone understands wage standards, keeping your business litigation-free.

And if it’s too late to prevent a claim? Our team is also armed with solutions for any potential dispute. We will prep you for state and federal audits, conflict resolution and provide you with a strong defense against lawsuits.

Who we work with

  • Any employer
  • large and small, private and public

Media Clips

  • State Legislation Increases Wages, Mandates Family Leave
    Rochester Business Journal | May 13, 2016
    Rochester partners Jeff LaBarge and Steve Jones, counsel Todd Shinaman, and associates Joe Carello and Kim Harding co-authored this column discussing New York’s landmark legislation raising the minimum wage and mandating paid family leave.
  • Calif. Justices to Weigh Break Issue Left Open by Brinker
    Law360 | June 2, 2015
    Los Angeles Labor & Employment counsel Dale Hudson is quoted in this article discussing the California Supreme Court’s decision to hear a class action brought a group of security guards who claim they were illegally forced to be on call during breaks and how this case gives the court a chance to clarify whether rest periods must be free from all work.
  • Scrutiny, Awareness Raise the Stakes for Employers
    Rochester Business Journal | May 1, 2015
    Rochester Labor & Employment partner Steve Jones is quoted throughout this article about trends in wage hour legislation and compliance. Click here to read the full article.
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  • California Regulation and Legislation to Watch in 2014
    Law360 | January 1, 2014
    San Francisco partner and leader of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice Jeff Tanenbaum discusses a state law that could bring wage-and-hour individual or class actions seeking penalties to employers if they fail to provide breaks to employees to help them cool down from working in the heat.


U.S. Department of Labor issues final regulations expanding overtime coverage
Employment Law Alert | May 18, 2016

How the FLSA's new overtime threshold may have unintended consequences for higher education institutions
Higher Education/Employment Alert | April 11, 2016

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Evening the score: U.S. Women's National Soccer Team seeks equal pay
Employment Law Alert | April 8, 2016

San Francisco passes Paid Parental Leave Law
Employment Law Alert | April 6, 2016

California's minimum wage is rising, and with it so is the minimum salary for exempt status
Employment Law Alert | April 4, 2016

EEOC issues proposed rule to collect pay data from employers
Employment Law Alert | February 5, 2016

Webinar Recording: Three Critical Labor Law Challenges to Starting and Running a Business
Originally recorded on December 2, 2015 | December 7, 2015

Massachusetts Appeals Court Vitali decision emphasizes importance of user-friendly timekeeping systems and clear instructions to employees
Employment Law Alert | September 4, 2015

Companies employing companionship and live-in domestic service employees must now comply with minimum wage and overtime requirements
Employment Law Alert | August 24, 2015

A handful of post-hoc cures to California's Paid Sick Leave Law provide useful clarification (though many unanswered issues still leaving many employers sick)
Employment Law Alert | July 16, 2015

DOL says most workers are employees and issues new memo on alleged misclassification of independent contractors
Employment Law Alert | July 15, 2015

Law on interns continues to evolve: new test applied
Employment Law Alert | July 13, 2015

Connecticut Imposes Mandatory Double Damages for Failure to Pay Minimum or Overtime Wages
Employment Law Alert | June 30, 2015

U.S. Department of Labor announces proposed regulation drastically expanding overtime coverage
Employment Law Alert | June 30, 2015

Rhode Island increases minimum wage
Employment Law Alert | June 26, 2015

Massachusetts Attorney General clarifies "Safe Harbor" period delaying applicability of Paid Sick Time law for certain employers
Employment Law Alert | June 17, 2015

Attorney General delays implementation of MA Paid Sick Time Law for many employers
Employment Law Alert | May 18, 2015

New California Family Rights Act ("CFRA") regulations are effective July 1, 2015
Employment Law Alert | May 6, 2015

New York attorney general scrutinizing employers' use of on-call shifts
Employment Law Alert | April 14, 2015

New York federal court blocks proposal to post legal notice on social media
Employment Law Alert | March 18, 2015

The rise in challenges to unpaid intern status
Retail Alert | February 27, 2015

Oakland joins growing trend — paid sick leave begins Monday, March 2
Employment Law Alert | February 25, 2015

NY to raise tipped minimum wage to $7.50 per hour
Employment Law Alert | February 25, 2015

Labor & employment 2015 crystal ball
Employment Law Alert | January 29, 2015

California says think twice before using temporary workers or others from staffing agencies and other labor contractors
Employment Law Alert | January 27, 2015

"Change, Change, Change" for Cal/OSHA in 2015
Employment Law Alert | January 8, 2015

Governor Cuomo signs bill relieving all New York employers of burdensome annual pay notice requirements
Employment Law Alert | December 31, 2014

So close, yet so far — the bill amending the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act still not signed
Employment Law Alert | December 12, 2014

California's paid sick leave law — no get well card for employers
Employment Law Alert | September 18, 2014

State of the FLSA
Employment Law Alert | September 2, 2014

Labor Day reflections on labor law and the labor movement
Employment Law Alert | August 29, 2014

Timing is everything: California Supreme Court clarifies timing of commission pay for overtime exemption and when commissions must be paid
Employment Law Alert | August 4, 2014

Leave deductions for exempt employees' partial-day absences—still ok in California, now with no minimum
Employment Law Alert | August 4, 2014

Rhode Island and Massachusetts increase their minimum wage
Employment Law Alert | August 1, 2014

Relief in sight: bill eliminating annual wage notice requirement passed by New York legislature
Employment Law Alert | June 25, 2014

Don't forget! California's minimum wage increases on July 1, along with minimum salary for exempt employees
Employment Law Alert | June 9, 2014

The New York City Human Rights Law amended to protect unpaid, non-employee interns from discrimination and harassment
Employment Law Alert | April 2, 2014

Webinar Recording: Are you ready for the NYC Earned Sick Time Act?
Originally recorded March 21, 2014 | March 27, 2014

Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act will increase overtime pay to millions
Employment Law Alert | March 24, 2014

The Labor and Employment Law crystal ball: Trends and developments for 2014
Employment Law Alert | December 27, 2013

The trend towards increasing minimum wage continues–this time in New York
Employment Law Alert | December 20, 2013

Webinar Recording: Wage-Hour Risks in the Insurance Industry–Demystifying FLSA
Originally recorded December 11, 2013 | December 13, 2013

California Employment Legislation: What's New for 2014?
Employment Law Alert | November 12, 2013

California increases minimum wage, in two steps, to $10 per hour
California Law Alert | October 24, 2013

New York State DOL Publishes Final Regulations Regarding Permissible Wage Deductions
Employment Law Alert | October 22, 2013

Employees or independent contractors? Will a recent Massachusetts decision relating to the real estate industry invite industry-based exceptions in the Commonwealth?
Employment Law Alert | October 2, 2013

Federal minimum wage and overtime protections extended to home care workers
Employment Law Alert | September 18, 2013

Rhode Island legislature approves bi-weekly pay; increases minimum wage
Employment Law Alert | July 12, 2013

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Wage-Hour Compliance