September was a slow month for blogging because it was a busy month for everything else. Our experience, and what we've been hearing from other wage and hour lawyers is that the economy is increasing workloads. More employers are cutting corners, more unemployed workers are talking to lawyers and more people are pursuing wage claims. That doesn't mean that wage and hour work is recession-proof. We know of several wage and hour class action settlements that fell apart or resulted in unpaid judgments as defendant banks, retail and restaurant chains have gone under, and we've seen several motions to withdraw for lack of payment of fees.