TEN COMMON, BUT DANGEROUS, WAGE-HOUR BLUNDERS 2009 Labor and Employment Seminar March 3, 2009 Lawrence F. Feheley, Esq. [e...
10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>The Fair Labor Standards Act (1938) </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum wage </li></ul><ul><li>...
10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Remedies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Back Pay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Double damages </l...
10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum Wage Mistakes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordination ...
10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Forgetting Child Labor Restrictions </li></ul><ul><ul><li...
10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking Compensable Time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time befo...
10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Inaccurate Time Records </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telecommuti...
10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 5 </li></ul><ul><li>No Payment For Unapproved Overtime </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Miscalculating Overtime </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overtime mu...
10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Misclassifying Employees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overtime e...
10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Improper Deductions From Salary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Per...
10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Retaliation </li></ul>
10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t Delight in the Troubles of Your Competitors </li><...
10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Preventative Tips </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audit your exemptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
Thank You! <ul><li>Larry Feheley </li></ul><ul><li>Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter Co., L.P.A. </li></ul><ul><li>65 E. State ...
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Ten Common Wage & Hour Blunders

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This is an informative presentation on avoiding the common legal and personnel pitfalls that are related to wage/hour issues. Prevention and correction are the goals of this presentation.

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Ten Common Wage & Hour Blunders

  1. 1. TEN COMMON, BUT DANGEROUS, WAGE-HOUR BLUNDERS 2009 Labor and Employment Seminar March 3, 2009 Lawrence F. Feheley, Esq. [email_address] . (614) 462-5432
  2. 2. 10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>The Fair Labor Standards Act (1938) </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum wage </li></ul><ul><li>Overtime </li></ul><ul><li>Child labor </li></ul>
  3. 3. 10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Remedies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Back Pay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Double damages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attorney fees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civil penalties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Criminal prosecution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“Collective Actions” </li></ul>
  4. 4. 10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum Wage Mistakes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordination of State and Federal law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Payroll Deductions </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. 10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Forgetting Child Labor Restrictions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulation of hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hazardous occupations </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. 10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking Compensable Time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time before and after work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ancillary activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Down time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-call time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. 10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Inaccurate Time Records </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telecommuting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work “off the clock” </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. 10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 5 </li></ul><ul><li>No Payment For Unapproved Overtime </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overtime must be paid for work that is required or permitted. It must also be paid for work that is “suffered.” </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. 10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Miscalculating Overtime </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overtime must be paid for work that is required or permitted. It must also be paid for work that is “suffered.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Regular rate of pay” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meals and lodging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commissions and non-discretionary bonuses-Compensatory time </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. 10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Misclassifying Employees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overtime exemptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer and IT employees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Independent contractors </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. 10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Improper Deductions From Salary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Permissible Salary Deductions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personal reasons (full day) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jury duty, trial witness, military duty </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FMLA absences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sickness or illness (full day) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First and last week </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Safety rules </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Disciplinary rule violations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Safe Harbor” Policy </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. 10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Retaliation </li></ul>
  13. 13. 10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Mistake 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t Delight in the Troubles of Your Competitors </li></ul>
  14. 14. 10 Common Wage-Hour Blunders <ul><li>Preventative Tips </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audit your exemptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check your salary deductions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have a written safe harbor policy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep accurate records of all time worked by non-exempt employees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have written policies on: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>reporting all work time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>off the clock work (prohibit “volunteering” time) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>overtime approval </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Train supervisors on compensable time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review your on-call, travel, and paid work time procedures </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Thank You! <ul><li>Larry Feheley </li></ul><ul><li>Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter Co., L.P.A. </li></ul><ul><li>65 E. State Street, Suite 1800 </li></ul><ul><li>Columbus, Ohio 43215, USA </li></ul><ul><li>Direct Dial: (614) 462-5432 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax: (614) 464-2634 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Web Address: www.keglerbrown.com </li></ul>

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