The cost of doing business for those in the restaurant industry ignorant of, or noncompliant with, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, and state wage-and-hour laws has become staggering. For the past several years, the number of wage/hour suits has grown exponentially. Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor, the agency charged with enforcement of the FLSA, specifically targeted restaurants and fast-food establishments.It’s well-documented that there has been a rash of ...

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