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Settling Wage/Hour Claims: Weighing Settlement Options, Negotiating Damages, and Ensuring Court Approval

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, September 14, 2017

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This CLE course will provide guidance to employment litigators for evaluating whether, when and how to settle a wage and hour class or collective action. The panel will discuss how damages should be calculated and tactics for increasing the likelihood of obtaining court approval of the settlement award.


Settlement amounts have been astounding over the past few years in wage and hour cases filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law. Employment counsel can arm themselves with our panel’s experienced approaches to settling wage and hour claims to minimize the time and expense of litigation.

Counsel must be adept at proactively planning for these and other key issues: whether settlement is appropriate, when to begin settlement discussions, how to best structure a settlement to meet clients’ best interests, and how to overcome judicial resistance to approving a settlement.

Listen as our authoritative panel of employment litigators discusses best practices for weighing a settlement decision, determining how damages should be calculated, and ensuring court approval of the settlement award.



  1. Evaluating when to consider settlement
  2. Assessing risk of exposure and calculating potential damages
  3. Obtaining enforceable settlement agreements
    1. Court-supervised settlements
    2. DOL-supervised settlements


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the key factors for employment counsel to consider in determining whether settlement discussions are appropriate and the best options for settlement?
  • What are best practices for calculating damages?
  • What are the key considerations for counsel when structuring a settlement to meet clients’ best interests and obtain court approval?


Riggin, Jessica
Jessica Riggin

Rukin Hyland & Riggin

Ms. Riggin litigates individual and class action cases on behalf of employees, including claims for violations of wage...  |  Read More

Kevin M. Young
Kevin M. Young

Seyfarth Shaw

Mr. Young is a Member of the firm’s Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group. His practice includes defending...  |  Read More

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