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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 Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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


Class and collective action settlements in wage and hour cases have grown increasingly complex, and the law surrounding court approval of FLSA settlements is constantly developing. Our panel will discuss these changes and associated strategy considerations—for example, how to minimize the time and expense of litigation—that both novice and seasoned employment counsel may wish to consider.

Counsel must be adept at proactively planning for these and other key issues: whether a 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 to calculate damages, 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 critical 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 crucial considerations for counsel when structuring a settlement to meet clients' best interests and obtain court approval?


Jacobsen, Michael
Michael D. Jacobsen

Seyfarth Shaw

Mr. Jacobsen represents companies facing wage-and-hour class, collective, and other representative actions, and...  |  Read More

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

Riley, Jennifer
Jennifer A. Riley

Seyfarth Shaw

Ms. Riley practices in the employment litigation area, with a particular emphasis on complex collective and class...  |  Read More

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