This seminar is designed for human resource and payroll professionals, accountants, controllers, CFOs, presidents, vice presidents and office managers.
A major challenge for human resource professionals, business owners and accountants is ensuring that their company or client is in compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws. Wage and hour laws are extensive and complex, and claims against employers in virtually every industry are on the rise. Specifically, employers often misunderstand the exemptions to the wage and hour overtime requirements and, thus, fail to properly classify an employee resulting in potential back pay violations. Additionally, where employees have been properly classified as exempt from overtime, employers will inadvertently destroy the exempt status which also exposes the employer to damages for back pay. This seminar is designed to discuss the various types of employee classifications that are exempt from overtime and other aspects of the wage and hour laws, as well as to discuss common mistakes by employers that result in the destruction of an otherwise exempt classification or lead to claims of retaliation.
Topics to be discussed will include the following:
• Definition Of “Hours Worked” Under The FLSA
• Regular Rate Of Pay For Overtime Calculations
• White Collar Exemptions
• Illinois State Law Considerations
• Types Of Workers Creating Special Circumstances
• How (Not) To Accidentally Destroy An Employee’s Exempt Status
• Avoiding Claims Of Retaliation Under The FLSA And Illinois Law
8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
I. “Hours Worked” Under The FLSA
A. What Is Compensable Working Time?
B. On-Call Time
C. Travel Time
D. Breaks And Meal Periods
E. Meeting And Training Time
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
II. The Regular Rate Of Pay For Overtime Calculations
A. Types Of Pay To Be Included And Excluded
B. Exceptions To General Rule On Overtime Pay Requirements
10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
10:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
III. White Collar Exemptions
D. Outside Sales Persons
E. Computer Professionals
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
IV. State Law Considerations
A. Relationship Between Federal And State Law
B. Key Provisions Of Illinois State Wage And Hour Law
1:50 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
V. Special Circumstances
D. Independent Contractors
2:40 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
2:50 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
VI. How (Not) To Accidentally Destroy An Employee’s Exempt Status
A. Whole And Partial Day Absences
B. Disciplinary Suspensions
C. Paid Time Off Policies
D. Interaction With FMLA Leaves Of Absence
3:40 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
VII. Avoiding Claims Of Retaliation Under The FLSA And Illinois Law
A. Overview Of Retaliation Law
B. Current Issues And Cases Involving Claims Of Retaliation
C. Damages And Remedies For Violations