Minnesota Attorneys to
Help HR Avoid Payroll Administration Problems
10/15/2009 - To help Minnesota employers get a handle on payroll policy
mistakes, attorneys with Minnesota's Felhaber Larson Fenlon & Vogt will
conduct a full-day seminar entitled Wage & Hour Master Class: The Advanced
Interactive Workshop for Minnesota Employers Tuesday, January 20, 2009 in
Minneapolis at the Earle Brown Heritage Center.
The 2004 FairPay regulations confuse 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
Now, employers face the prospect of the Employee Misclassification Act,
which will make it even more expensive for employers who mistakenly claim an
employee is exempt from overtime.
"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 Dennis J. Merley with the Minneapolis
law firm of Felhaber Larson Fenlon & Vogt. "And more and more cases are
getting class-action approval, which really can make for some devastating
damages and fines."
Merley explained 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.
The program is conducted by Dennis J. Merley, Penny J. Phillips and Paul J.
Zech, attorneys with Minneapolis' Felhaber Larson Fenlon & Vogt. They each
focus on labor and employment law issues.
Contact: Pete McPherson, 615-661-0249, ext. 8057 or
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