Communicating The Impact Of DOL's Final Overtime Rule: How To Effectively Inform Employees Of Exemption Status Changes

Webinar: ID# 1023258
Recorded On-Demand
About This Course:
If you’re like most employers grappling with the impending overtime rule changes, you’re probably starting to get comments from affected employees:

“Oh great, I have to track my hours now?”

“So, you’re essentially demoting me?”

“You’re going to cut my hours, aren’t you?”

And for every comment you get, you can be sure there’s someone else who’s silently unhappy or worried, too.

The rule, which takes effect December 1, will raise the salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476, and it’s estimated that more than 4 million workers nationwide will need to be re-classified from exempt to non-exempt. Many surely will view the change in status as a demotion—even if they stand to make more money overall—and may balk at the need to start punching a clock.

Join us for this webinar with Cathy Gray, JD, BLR’s Senior Managing Editor of HR and Compensation, and BLR HR Editor Nancy McDermott. They will outline 7 proven strategies for informing your employees about the FLSA’s new overtime rules in a way that minimizes issues (and grumbling) down the line.

Plus, the presenters will explain how to train supervisors and managers of previously exempt workers on how to manage these newly non-exempt folks. And, best of all, they’ll reserve time to answer your specific questions on how to ensure that communication to your workforce goes smoothly.

You cannot afford to miss this webinar!

Learning Objectives:
  • How to explain succinctly and clearly why reclassification from exempt to non-exempt status is necessary
  • How to ensure that supervisors and managers have the information they need to effectively communicate the practical impact of the final rules to their direct reports
  • Key information to convey to employees—and how to make sure they understand what will now be required in terms of tracking hours
  • How to head off concerns that going from exempt to non-exempt might be interpreted as a demotion
  • How to create a comprehensive communication plan that addresses employees’ concerns
  • Who to designate as the point person to field questions or concerns about reclassified exemption status
  • Strategies for helping managers spot unauthorized work time—and tips for fostering a culture where non-exempt employees’ off time doesn’t turn into work time
  • How to address the inevitable (and dreaded) question: “Was I misclassified before, and do you owe me back pay now?”
About Your Presenters:

Catherine Moreton Gray, J.D.Catherine Moreton Gray, J.D.
Senior Managing Editor for Human Resources and Compensation – BLR

Catherine Moreton Gray, JD, has over 20 years combined experience in HR management and as a management-side labor and employment attorney. Her HR experience includes recruiting, employee relations and communications, affirmative action and compensation. As an attorney, Ms. Gray regularly counseled employers on issues such as complying with federal and state wage and hour laws, accommodating employees with disabilities, complying with federal and state laws requiring paid sick leave and family and medical leave, and union avoidance and labor relations. She represented employers in government audits, before administrative agencies, and in federal and state courts on matters including discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, affirmative action compliance, unfair labor practices and wage and hour violations. Ms. Gray has also written articles on developing employment law issues, and developed and presented training for clients. Ms. Gray received her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut and before the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Nancy R. McDermott
HR Editor

Nancy McDermott has more than 17 years’ experience as a legal writer and editor. She writes and edits The Personnel Advisor, a human resources reference manual covering state and federal employment laws that assists employers in complying with their legal obligations and provides quick answers to commonly asked questions in any workplace. She also publishes The Personnel Advisor e-newsletters and is responsible for the design, development, and data maintenance of the Personnel Advisor HR website. She has also worked as a Court Watch Research Analyst for Texas Watch, a grass-roots organization, and for the Texas Legal Services Center, conducting legal research. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her law degree from Vermont Law School.

Communicating The Impact Of DOL's Final Overtime Rule: How To Effectively Inform Employees Of Exemption Status Changes
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