Nabbed again!

Wal-Mart has agreed to fork over $40 million to employees past and present at its Massachusetts outlets after settling a 2001 lawsuit over abuse of time-card data, fudging on overtime and denying employees break time.

Employees who worked at those locations from 1995 to the present will receive checks ranging from $400 to $2,500, depending on length of service.

This is pretty much a universal pattern with Wal-Mart, who’s been settling wage claims right and left these days.

Employers, be aware that audits and complaint investigations will be more prevalent under the reign of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, the self-proclaimed "new sheriff in town," so be prepared by hewing to all wage laws.

Personnel Concepts has prepared a series of posters and compliance kits to help you adhere to the laws and regulations of the DOL. Visit our Human Resource Tools section today.