The Bar News

Lawyers as employers: cobblers with no shoes?

OK, maybe I'm mixing my metaphors. Or cliches. But you get the point, right? Michael A. Mattingly puts it better in the latest issue of The Bottom Line, newsletter of the ISBA's Standing Committee on Law Office Management and Economics: "[W]hen it comes to paying their paralegals, legal assistants, office managers, administrative assistants, interns and other employees, law firms ironically end up violating the law as much, if not more, than other employers." Mattingly's article is full of great advice about how not to run afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which, as he notes, is a strict liability statute -- one that applies to you even if you only have one employee. Read on ASAP.
Posted on October 27, 2009 by Mark S. Mathewson
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