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Master Payroll and Benefits Administration Essentials

Payroll and benefits administration is an essential task for all employers - but it is also one of their greatest sources of legal liabilities. Don't be caught unprepared when clients have questions concerning wage and hour laws, employee classification, FMLA leave, retirement benefits and more. Attend this comprehensive overview of payroll law and get up to speed on the essential aspects you need to know. Register today!

  • Avoid common employee compensation mistakes that all too often lead to litigation.
  • Stay up to date on all the latest payroll law updates you can't afford to miss.
  • Master FLSA essentials, including key overtime requirements and fluctuating workweek calculations.
  • Ensure employers properly differentiate between exempt and non-exempt employees.
  • Confidently handle FMLA leave, including confusing situations where it overlaps with the ADA.
  • Minimize critical liabilities when managing unemployment claims.
  • Untangle confusion over retirement, health and welfare benefit plans, including COBRA and ERISA requirements.

All times are shown in Eastern time

  1. Changes You Need to Know
    10:00 - 10:30, Jason D. Friedman
    1. Regulatory
    2. Litigation/Case Law
  2. Wage and Hour Essentials
    10:30 - 11:30, Kari M. Dahlin
    1. Employer vs. Employee Under the FLSA
    2. Hours Worked (Volunteer Activities, Training Time, Travel Time, etc.)
    3. Federal Minimum Wage and Tipped Employees
    4. Overtime: Interaction Between State and Federal Laws
    5. Fluctuating Workweek Calculations
    6. Deductions From Salary
    7. Handling PTO for Exempt Employees
    8. Recordkeeping Obligations
  3. Classifying Employees as Exempt vs. Nonexempt
    11:45 - 12:30, Susannah J. Galiano
    1. Defining Types of Exemptions
    2. Joint Employer Theories of Recovery
    3. Salary Requirements for Exemptions
    4. Evaluation for Determining Exempt Status
    5. Independent Contractors - When are They Employees?
    6. Seasonal and Migrant Workers - When are They Exempt?
    7. Foreign Labor - Prevailing Wage Rates, Etc.
    8. Salespeople and Commissioned Employees
    9. Unpaid Interns - Tips for Legal Compliance
  4. Employee Leave: FMLA and ADA Logistics
    1:00 - 2:00, Kari M. Dahlin
    1. FMLA Rules and Regulations
    2. Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA
    3. Providing Leave for Other Activities
      1. Vacation, Sick Leave, Other Leaves of Absences
      2. Military Leave Under USERRA
      3. Jury Duty Leave
    4. Notice of Rights/Designation of Leave
    5. Proper vs. Improper Inquiries by Employers
    6. Intermittent Leave
    7. Limiting Year-End Carry-Over and Tax Implications
    8. How to Address Abuse of Sick Leave
    9. Tracking and Reporting
  5. Unemployment and Workers' Compensation: Practical Tips
    2:00 - 2:30, Brad Kolling
    1. Minimizing Liability and Managing Unemployment Claims
    2. Complying With Workers' Compensation Laws
    3. Workers' Compensation Interplay With the FMLA and ADA
    4. Interplay With Retirement, Medical Plans and Social Security
  6. Retirement, Health and Welfare Benefit Plans
    2:30 - 3:15, Brad Kolling
    1. ERISA: Key Rules and Regulations
    2. DOL and IRS Rules and Regs
    3. COBRA and HIPAA Requirements
    4. Who is the Fiduciary? Employer vs. TPA
    5. Notice, Recordkeeping and Reporting
    6. What an Employer Should do Before Changing Benefits
  7. Common Employee Compensation Mistakes That Lead to Litigation
    3:30 - 4:00, Jason D. Friedman
  8. Adhering to Ethical Standards
    4:00 - 5:00, Jason D. Friedman
    1. Code of Professional Conduct
    2. Confidentiality
    3. Conflicts of Interest
    4. Assessing Attorneys' Fees

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