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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 compliance.

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 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/mn-flsa 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 pmcpherson@mleesmith.com
On the Web: http://www.hrhero.com/mn-flsa


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