HR Manager Web Series Part I: Avoiding Common Wage and Hour Mistakes

HR Manager Web Series Part I: Avoiding Common Wage and Hour Mistakes

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 11 am to Noon

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HR MANAGER WEB SERIES PART I: Calculating compensable hours for Wage and Hour purposes can be very challenging for companies that must factor in breaks, lunches, overtime, salaried vs. non-salaried status, and more, and U.S. Department of Labor investigators are finding common mistakes being made by employers.  In addition, although the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act (PMWA) is similar to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), it is not identical. Employers who comply with the FLSA may still fall into various compliance “traps” under the PMWA.

Webinar highlights

To explain the Wage and Hour compliance challenges and what companies should be doing to prevent mistakes under both the Fair Labor Standards Act and Pennsylvania law, the PA Chamber is pleased to present U.S. Department of Labor Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist Jane E’del, and top labor law attorney Kathy Speaker MacNett, Managing Member, SkarlatosZonarich LLC.  They will co-present what investigators are finding about compliance, and how companies can avoid violations and protect themselves.

The perspective from the U.S. Department of Labor—the most common Wage and Hour mistakes employers make:  not counting all hours worked including calculating wait time and on-call time incorrectly, misapplying exempt status to non-exempt salaried employees, not calculating appropriate overtime and payment, not properly calculating meals and break time, limiting the number of hours employees are allowed to record, and more.

The perspective from the defense attorney—best practices companies should be adopting, and how companies can protect themselves by upgrading policies and including a window of correction. 

The speakers will provide solutions to these common errors:

  • How to determine an employee’s “regular rate” for purposes of calculating overtime
  • What is considered compensable “work”
  • When an employee might be exempt under one law but non-exempt under another law
  • Rounding, recordkeeping and automated systems
  • Calculating Wage and Hour rates, including overtime, meals and breaks, and breaks for nursing mothers
  • The pitfalls of “off-the-clock” hours and preliminary and postliminary work activities
  • The challenges presented by working from home and mobile devices
  • When travel time, training time and “volunteer work” equal hours worked

The speakers will open up the last few minutes of the webinar to answer questions from participants.

Continuing Education Credits

Certification group type of credits No. of credits
Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy CPEs(PX177225) - Group Study 1
Continuing Legal Education Board CLEs 1
Human Resource Certification Institute SPHR/PHR/GPHR Recertification Hours 1
SHRM Preferred Provider SHRM-CP TM / SHRM-SCP TM PDC's 1

Note: To receive continuing education credits, each individual is required by the crediting organizations to log on and log off as proof of attendance.

About The Speaker

Jane E’del was a Senior Investigator with the United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, and now serves as Planning Specialist for the U.S. DOL, Wage and Hour Division, Wilkes Barre District Office.  She earned a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from St. Francis University and taught in their graduate program.  Jane has extensive experience as an investigator and trainer.   A long-time Harrisburg resident, Jane has been principal French horn for the Central Pennsylvania Symphony for over 25 years, and is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Woodwind quintet and has performed with many local musical groups. 

Kathy Speaker MacNett focuses her law practice on management-side labor relations, employment law and related legislative and regulatory developments. Her practice combines preventive approaches to labor relations matters and representation of employers before federal and state administrative agencies and courts.  She represents public and private sector employers in a wide range of labor and employment law matters, including:  Wage and Hour audits, Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment Compensation proceedings, FMLA issues, Prevailing Wage disputes, discrimination complaints, Affirmative Action audits, restrictive covenant enforcements, handbook preparation, unfair labor practices, union organizational defenses, collective bargaining negotiations, strikes, injunction and contempt proceedings.  Prior to joining SkarlatosZonarich, Kathy was a shareholder with the Harrisburg office of Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C.  She also served as the research director to the Labor Relations Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; clerk to the late Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, Honorable Roy Wilkinson; and assistant counsel to the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.  She is an active participant in the American Bar Association’s Federal Fair Labor Standards Committee, and is a frequent speaker at the PA Chamber’s human resources programs.