BRG Review - June 2013, Volume 3, Issue 1

In This Issue:

- Letter from the Editor — C. Paul Wazzan, Ph.D.

- Introduction to Observational Studies Articles for the BRG Review — David Lewin, Ph.D.

- ARTICLES:

- Observational Studies in Wage and Hour Litigation by Stefan Boedeker

- Observational Studies in a Litigation Context: Important Practices in a Large-Scale Study by Dawn Eash

- Excerpt from Observational Studies in Wage and Hour Litigation:

In many wage and hour class actions, questions of liability can only be answered by analyzing how employees spend their workdays. Typically, employers and employees do not keep detailed logs about daily activities that could be used to answer those questions. Observational studies are important tools to collect data that are not otherwise available but that experts need to render opinions. In this paper, we discuss steps to take in the design, implementation, and statistical analysis phases of an observational study to ensure that the study generates high-quality data that the expert and trier of facts can rely on in the course of the litigation. We conclude the paper with a summary of an actual case study.

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