This seminar, which is intended to be interactive, will educate you about the major compliance issues under the FLSA and will provide you with the information, framework and forum to determine where you may have possible compliance issues or concerns.
Topics to be discussed include:
- Overview Of State And Federal Wage And Hour Laws
- Worktime And Hours Worked
- Exempt Or Non-Exempt: That Is The Question
- Overtime Issues
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
I. Overview Of State And Federal Wage And Hour Laws
Even stated conservatively, more than half of the businesses in the State of North Carolina do not have an adequate grasp on the many federal and state laws affecting their employees and their workplaces. This session will be spent acquainting those in attendance with the federal and state laws that affect virtually all employers in an effort to build the necessary foundation for more in-depth discussions during the course of the seminar day.
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
II. Worktime And Hours Worked
Employers in North Carolina consistently express their concern and frustration over the precise issue of whether employees are eligible for pay when engaged in activities that appear to be 'secondary' to the duties normally associated with their respective jobs. This part of the seminar will be dedicated to clearing up many of these issues and dispelling a number of myths and misconceptions regarding exactly what constitutes 'hours worked' for purposes of providing full and complete compensation.
10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
10:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
III. Exempt Or Non-Exempt: That Is The Question
Although the controlling Fair Labor Standards Act has been enforced now for over 60 years, employers in this state, and in every state, still find themselves misapplying the 'exempt' standard and, as a result, unfairly and unlawfully depriving some workers of required overtime pay compensation. This section of the seminar will walk carefully through each of the FLSA's exemptions and clarify these issues in an effort to avoid needless FLSA claims and, perhaps more importantly, avoid unnecessary and costly Wage and Hour Division investigations of company records – sometimes resulting in shockingly high awards of back pay to incorrectly categorized employees company-wide.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
IV. Overtime Issues
This section will be dedicated to exploring further issues in overtime compensation and the precise methods that may be employed by companies in North Carolina to assure compliance with the overtime provisions of the FLSA.
3:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
3:10 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
V. Wrap-Up Of Special Issues, Miscellaneous Topics Under Federal And State Law And A Closing Workshop
In this final section of the seminar, attendees will have an opportunity to hear about special issues that seem to arise again and again in the workplace pertaining to the correct computation of compensation for exempt and non-exempt employees. Further, while questions will be entertained throughout the seminar, Mr. Matthews envisions this final section as an opportunity for all attendees to present issues that will most probably be common to all attendees and attempt to address these issues to all attendees' satisfaction.
As we have all learned in the past, opportunities for open-ended discussions and questions common to all employers provide all seminar attendees with an opportunity to reflect over the day's materials and wrap up the so-called loose ends associated with lawful compensation of employees.