The United States Department of Labor estimates that 70% of all employers are not in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Federal law which establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector. As is evident from the statistics, many businesses that violate wage and hour laws do so mistakenly. Good intentions, however, do not inoculate a business. DOL still assesses fines and penalties and, in some cases, brings costly lawsuits. Likewise, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) enforces the Virginia Wage Payment Act, the Virginia Overtime Wage Act, the Virginia Minimum Wage Act and other employment-related state laws. Howell Law Group advises clients on wage and hour compliance (including proper classification of workers – as either contractors or employees; exempt or non-exempt) and, in the event of an audit or litigation, defends our clients in an effort to avoid costly fines, penalties and litigation.