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Don't Mess With The U.S. DOL: Payroll Compliance Strategies For 2016

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Categorizing and compensating workers in accordance with applicable law (and in a manner that will satisfy the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor) has always been a tricky proposition.

Further, employers must be on top of expanding state and local laws regarding paid sick time, wage deductions, and direct deposit in order to structure policies and procedures properly.

This webinar will help persons responsible for payroll obligations to understand the expanding regulations regarding compensation of employees, as well as best practices for implementing company policies in line with such regulations.

We will also explore different types of leaves of absence, and how they affect an employer's payroll obligations. The information will put employers in a better position to ensure their compensation and leave policies meet current legal requirements, as well as best practices.

Agenda

Payroll and Notice Peculiarities
  • Computing Hours Worked: Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Making Them
  • State Payroll Deductions
  • Direct Deposit Laws and the Use of Payroll Cards
  • Withholding Pay at Separation
  • Other Important Notice and Posting Requirements
  • The Department of Labor's Overtime Regulations
Creating and Maintaining a Lawful Internship Program
  • The "Intern" Exception: Guidance on Which Workers Qualify as Unpaid Interns Under the FLSA
  • Important Case Law Regarding the Intern Exception
  • Different Rules for Nonprofit Organizations and Public Sector Entities
  • Practical Consideration for Implementing a Successful Internship Program
Fringe Benefits
  • Company Cars and Transit Benefits: How to Properly Account for Providing These Benefits
  • How to Determine If an Employer-Provided Cell Phone Meets the Requirements of a De Minimis Fringe Benefit
  • Guidelines for Employer Provided Moving Expenses
  • Best Practices for Tuition Reimbursement
Payroll and Leaves of Absences
  • Understanding the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act: How to Determine Proper Methods of Calculating Leave Entitlement and Employer Obligations
  • Military Leave: Employer Obligations Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • Traditional Leave vs. Paid Time off: Advantages and Disadvantages to Implementing a PTO Plan, Especially in Light of State and City Sick Time Requirement
About The Presenters

Ann Knuckles Mahoney
  • Associate at the New York office of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. in the Labor and Employment practice
  • Counsels employers on practices and procedures to promote compliance with employment-related laws
  • Prepares employment, consulting and separation agreements; employment applications; employee handbooks; and stand-alone policies
  • Assists in defending employers in labor and employment-related litigation in a broad array of matters, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour disputes
  • Assists in representing management in labor-related matters, including arbitration, the defense of unfair labor practice charges, and collective bargaining negotiations
  • Prepares advisories on new employment-related laws, rules and regulations
  • Previously worked as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Margo K. Brodie in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Current member of the American Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association
Jeffrey M. Landes
  • Member of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.’s Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm's New York office
  • Counsels clients in a variety of industries—including financial services, retail and communications—in all facets of employment law, including compliance with EEO laws and other statutes governing the workplace, independent contractor issues, executive terminations, restrictive covenants, drug testing, background checks, employee discipline and terminations, reorganizations, workplace investigations, leaves of absence, and development of handbooks and personnel policies and procedures
  • Prepares employment, consulting and separation agreements as well as counsels multi-national companies in unique labor and employment law issues
  • Conducts wage/hour and human resource audits; workplace training sessions for employees and managers and human resources personnel concerning performance management, harassment, diversity, EEO issues, and wage/hour issues, including pay practices and exempt/nonexempt classification issues
  • Represents employers in wage/hour audits before the U.S. Department of Labor and other federal and state administrative agencies
  • Wrote numerous publications on employment law issues and frequently lectures on a range of workplace issues to business and employer groups and at several leading universities
  • J.D. degree, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law; B.A. degree, Vassar College
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