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Overview

The FLSA is one of the most complicated laws for employers to understand especially with what time is compensable and what time is not compensable. In addition, employers need to be aware that wage and hour laws still apply in the 21st Century Digital Age and they need to understand what the impact of this is.

What are your obligations regarding when employees have to use their smartphones for e-mails after work hours. Are they entitled to be paid for that off-the-clock time? What about the new DOL app for recording of time. How can this help you or can it hurt you? What about paying employees for pre-shift and post-shift activities such as COVID-19 disinfection, reading work e-mails and booting up or powering down computers. Learn recommendations for best practices for avoiding overtime liability with these employees.

Why you should Attend

Many employers believe that working time begins at the official start of an employee's shift and ends when that shift is over. However, there are a number of activities that occur before and after the official start of the work shift that can constitute compensable time under the FLSA.

Determining what is and is not working time is a serious challenge for employment counsel, and errors can result in devastating monetary consequences for employers. The Department of Labor can require employers in violation of the FLSA to pay unpaid wages, penalties and plaintiffs' attorney fees.

Areas Covered in the Session

  • When is a non-exempt employee "on the clock?"
  • What is the definition of "working time?"
  • How do we properly record hours worked, and keep payroll records?
  • Dealing with off-the-clock work on smart phones, texts, e-mails etc.
  • Best Practices for avoiding overtime liability for off-the-clock work
  • What is the new DOL app and will it help or hurt employers?
  • Common problems leading to wage and hour claims

Who Will Benefit

  • HR Professionals
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Business Owners
  • Payroll Professionals

Speaker Profile

Steven G. Meilleur, Ph.D., SPHR – is President, CEO – PRAXIS Management Solutions, LLC, a New Mexico-based management consulting firm specializing in human resources, employee relations, leadership, training & organizational development, organizational research and assessment, strategic & operational planning, and non-profit organization management and governance. Dr. Meilleur has more than 40 years of management and executive-level experience in human resources, risk management, and organizational management in the private non-profit public, and private for-profit sectors.

Dr. Meilleur also serves as Senior Vice-President and Risk Services Consultant for Human Resources and Employment with Poms & Associates, a national risk services and insurance brokerage firm. His previous work experience includes public, private, and nonprofit organizations, in executive and management capacities.

He is also on the faculty of the UNM School of Public Administration in the graduate program, teaching in the areas of human resource management, nonprofit organization management, leadership, dispute resolution, organizational change, and human resource development. He has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops across the country, and is a published author in the areas of human resources, marketing, leadership and management development, organizational change and innovation, non-profit organization management, and board development.

Dr. Meilleur received a BA in English Literature and Education from Bucknell University, an Executive MBA from the University of New Mexico's Anderson Graduate School of Management, and his Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Learning from UNM. He received his certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management in 1995.