Wage and Hour

Training Sessions:

Wage And Hour Law In A Nutshell
Avoiding The Sting Of Treble Damages: How To Conduct A Self-Audit To Avoid Wage and Hour Law
The High Price of Misclassification: Are You Properly Classifying Independent Contractors, Temps, Interns and Volunteers
Understanding And Implementing The New Overtime Rules

Wage And Hour Law In A Nutshell

Overtime, meal periods, timing of pay, classifying exempt employees – state and federal wage and hour laws are the backbone of rules and requirements in the workplace.  But wage and hour laws are complicated and many employers with the best of intentions simply get it wrong!

This program is a comprehensive introduction to wage and hour law and includes:

  • Rules for exempt employees;
  • Rules for nonexempt employees;
  • Rules for independent contractors; and
  • Massachusetts Wage Act.

Schwartz Hannum PC offers this seminar as a stand alone program or in conjunction with other programs.  We are happy to tailor the program to meet the specific objectives of individual clients, including addressing additional state laws for multi-state employers.

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Avoiding The Sting Of Treble Damages: How To Conduct A Self-Audit To Avoid Wage and Hour Law

Employers in Massachusetts – Beware!  Violations of the complex wage and hour laws subject you to mandatory treble damages.  That’s a 3x multiplier for every dollar owed to an employee. Mistakes are costly and, unfortunately, easy to make.  The employer’s best defense is a good offense, and we strongly recommend a periodic self-audit to ensure compliance with the many requirements of state and federal wage and hour law.

This seminar is designed as a how-to course for conducting a self-audit.  It covers the details of what is required under the law and how to spot systems and practices that violate the law.

 

Topics Include:

  • Job classifications (exempt, nonexempt and independent contractor);
  • Wage and hour rules for each classification; and
  • Documentation

 

Schwartz Hannum PC includes this important seminar in the Employment Law Boot Camp and regularly conducts this program throughout the year at our clients’ workplaces.  We are happy to tailor the program to meet the specific objectives of individual clients.

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The High Price of Misclassification: Are You Properly Classifying Independent Contractors, Temps, Interns and Volunteers

Among other law enforcement agencies, the Department of Labor is actively enforcing wage and hour laws against employers that have misclassified employees as independent contractors, temps, interns or volunteers. Misclassification can lead to significant liability in unpaid wages, benefits, and employment taxes. Independent contractor agreements are under increasing scrutiny, as are long-term temporary employees (what benefits do they get?); interns (do they get paid?); and volunteers (can your employees “volunteer”?). Federal and state governmental agencies – and plaintiffs’ attorneys – are increasingly interested in these issues. During this session, you will learn about the appropriate tests for determining the proper classification of all these types of workers.

Topics Include:

  • Nation-wide overview of the independent contractor tests
  • Detailed review of Massachusetts’ independent contractor law
  • How do you sort out which workers may be eligible for which benefits?
  • When is a “temp” no longer temporary?
  • Does your organization have to pay interns?
  • When can an organization lawfully have volunteers?

Who Should Attend?

Human Resources Professionals, In-House Counsel and Business Owners.

 

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Understanding And Implementing The New Overtime Rules

All webinars are held at Eastern Standard Time (EST)

In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) released its long-awaited Final Rule updating the federal overtime regulations, which will automatically extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation. Given the multi-faceted roles, academic calendar, and complex compensation systems at independent schools, Finance and HR departments across the country were scrambling to prepare for the December 1, 2016, effective date. Did you get it right?

During this 90-minute webinar, Jessica Herbster of Schwartz Hannum PC will:

• Provide an overview of the federal overtime exemptions;
• Explain the key provisions of the Final Rule;
• Identify common challenges unique to independent schools in implementing the Final Rule; and
• Suggest different options for how to tackle those challenges.

Who Should Attend?

• Business Managers
• Financial Officers
• Human Resources Personnel

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