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Texas Attorneys to Explain How to Avoid Payroll Administration Problems

December 5, 2008 - To help Texas employers get a handle on payroll policy mistakes, attorneys with Ford & Harrison will conduct a full-day seminar entitled Wage & Hour Master Class: The Advanced Interactive Workshop for Texas Employers Tuesday, December 9, at the Houston Marriott North
at Greenspoint.

The 2004 FairPay regulations are confusing to more than a few managers. 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 Division's own investigation revealed that only half of American employers are in compliance.

"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 alright?"

"These are the finds of issues that we'll help employers understand," he said

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.

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