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New Mexico Attorneys to Explain How to Avoid Payroll Administration Problems

November 14, 2008 - To help New Mexico employers get a handle on payroll policy mistakes, attorneys with Albuquerque's Tinnin Law Firm will conduct a full-day seminar entitled Wage & Hour Master Class: The Advanced Interactive Workshop for New Mexico Employers Tuesday, December 2, at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 1000 Woodward Place NE.

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 Robert Tinnin. "And more and more cases are getting class-action approval, which really can make for some devastating damages and fines."

Tinnin 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 http://www.hrhero.com/nm-flsa or by calling 800-274-6774.

About The Program Moderators, attorneys with Albuquerque's Tinnin Law Firm

Robert P. Tinnin, Jr. has expertise in National Labor Relations Board representation election and unfair labor practice proceedings, state and federal employment discrimination charges, state and federal court litigation proceedings, including equal employment opportunity and contract and tort litigation arising from the employee-employer relationship, wage and hour matters, collective bargaining, and grievance arbitration.

Glenn A. Beard has experience representing and counseling employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His practice includes wage and hour litigation including collective actions under FLSA, unfair labor practice, labor arbitrations, appeals to federal and state appellate courts, and the litigation of employment-related state law claims.

About The Program Sponsor
Wage & Hour Master Class: The Advanced Interactive Workshop for New Mexico Employers and New Mexico 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 pmcpherson@mleesmith.com
On the Web: http://www.hrhero.com/nm-flsa


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