Fair Labor Standards Act consultation, Wage and Hour Division investigation assistance, FLSA self-audit guidance, review of independent contractor concerns, and litigation support.
During his enforcement career, Morris worked closely with DOL attorneys in litigation, penalty appeal, and debarment cases. This included testifying in U. S. District Courts as a factual and expert witness. Since retirement from DOL, Morris has worked with attorneys as a consulting expert and expert witness. These experiences, coupled with solid technical expertise, will enable Morris to effectively and efficiently assist you.
Morris now limits his practice to consulting expert services. Clients throughout the United States are assisted via e-mail, telephone conferences, and examination of records received by mail, expedited delivery, or as attachments to email.
An experienced Wage and Hour consultant with an enforcement background can be very useful to an attorney who is defending an employer against a
suit (filed by employees) for back wages and liquidated damages,
DOL suit for injunction, including an order to pay back wages and liquidated damages,
DOL assessment of civil money penalties, or
DOL debarment action (government contractor).
The services of a consulting expert with extensive Wage and Hour Division experience are also helpful when an attorney is assisting an employer in
the voluntary identification and correction of compliance difficiences (e.g., self-audit or compliance review),
responding to and resolving an internal employee complaint, or
conducting negotiations with the Wage and Hour Division in connection with an enforcement action.
If your client has been sued, a Wage and Hour consulting expert is helpful in these respects:
Review of the complaint and your proposed response; technical guidance will be provided Examination of draft interrogatories, answers to interrogatories, and discovery requests; modifications, if appropriate, will be recommended
Scrutiny of back wage computations to determine apparent accuracy and proper methodology, or assist client if computations are being made
The services of a consulting expert are useful to a plaintiffs' attorney. Morris can assist you with research, interpretations, examination of evidence, and application of relevant regulations to the facts at hand.
As most of Morris's clients are employers or their representatives, explanations and comments on this site are generally from the employer's perspective. However, the same knowledge and expertise that can benefit an employer's attorney may also be helpful to a plaintiff's attorney.
It is possible for you to save a great deal of time and money by obtaining expert guidance initially and throughout the development of your case. You are encouraged to call Morris to determine how he can assist you.
In a suit under the Fair Labor Standards Act, it is often advantageous to compute the back wages and/or other losses or damages as quickly as possible. A preliminary computation may be done from detailed information supplied by plaintiffs, and - if necessary - modifications are possible after sufficient records have been obtained through discovery. Morris is able to review the facts, determine the correct method for computations, and work with your staff to see that there are no apparent flaws in the methods utilized to calculate back wages.
If you are considering a settlement offer that is based on the defendant's computation of back wages, Morris can assist you in a review of the calculations to determine whether there are possible errors.
Services are available nationally (via telephone conferences and email), including FLSA,Service Contract Act, and Davis-Bacon Act consultation, compliance assistance, DOL investigation guidance, self-audit coordination, and litigation support as a consulting expert.