Texas Attorneys to
Explain How to Avoid Payroll Administration Problems
November 18, 2008 - To help Texas employers get a handle on payroll policy
mistakes, attorneys with Dallas' Ford & Harrison will conduct a full-day
seminar entitled Wage & Hour Master Class: The Advanced Interactive Workshop
for Texas Employers Tuesday, December 2, at the Hilton Dallas Park
Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division collected
over $166 million in pay for employees who were unjustly or mistakenly
denied overtime pay, initiating over 36,000 compliance actions. The 2004
FairPay regulations are confusing to more than a few managers. The
Division's own investigation revealed that only half of American employers
are in compliance with FairPay.
"Given the widespread nature of non-compliance with the Fair Labor Standards
Act, we should expect to see agency watchdogs and plaintiff's attorneys turn
violations into some very expensive headaches for more HR managers and
employers," says attorney and speaker Mike Maslanka. "And more and more
cases are getting class-action approval, which really can make for some
devastating damages and fines."
Maslanka revealed some of the situations the Master Class will address.
"Let's say you're an HR manager and you want to set up a committee to ease
communication between salaried and hourly employees. The committee meets at
the end of the day shift, one day per month, and participation is voluntary.
Do you have to pay overtime to the hourly workers who attend?"
"Or lets say an employee who's exempt from getting overtime works less than
4 hours in a day. Will charging her time-off balance for anything less than
a full day jeopardize her exempt status, or is charging her a half day
"These are the finds of issues that we'll help employers understand," he
HR Managers, employers, and fellow counsel wishing to participate may
register online at
or by calling 800-274-6774.
About The Program Moderators, attorneys with Dallas' Ford & Harrison
Michael Maslanka has more than 20 years of experience in litigation and
trial of employment law cases, including defending several multi-party cases
under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act
and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. He has served as Adjunct Counsel to a
Fortune 10 company where he provided multi-state counseling on employment
matters. He has also served as a Field Attorney for the National Labor
Relations Board. Mike is also the editor of Texas Employment Law Letter.
Vista Lyons represents employers in multi-state employment litigation
matters. Her litigation experience includes defending employers against
state and federal employment -related claims involving alleged violations of
Title VII, FMLA and ADA; wrongful denial of ERISA benefits; wrongful
discharge; and breach of employment contracts and non-compete agreements.
About The Program Sponsor
Wage & Hour Master Class: The Advanced Interactive Workshop for Texas
Employers and Texas Employment Law Letter are both produced by Brentwood,
Tennessee-based M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC. For 33 years, it has provided
information resources to the corporate Human Resources and legal markets.
Their list of largest clients closely matches the FORTUNE 500 while their
overall customer base includes managers in every industry sector.
Contact: Pete McPherson, 615-661-0249, ext. 8057 or
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