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Properly Pay Hourly Employees
Properly Pay Hourly Employees
Wage and hour law is full of traps!

Ensuring that hourly employee pay procedures and policies are compliant with state and federal law is essential given the increased scrutiny the U.S. and Illinois Departments of Labor have placed even on employers who make minimal and innocent errors. Join SmithAmundsen attorney Noah A. Frank for a lively discussion on: • The new DOL Overtime Rule • Appropriately classifying employees as exempt/nonexempt; • Determining working time, and meal and rest breaks; • Tips, and other payments to hourly employees; • When and how to pay overtime and award compensatory time; • Making valid wage deductions; and • Other paid and unpaid time. Taught by attorney Noah Frank of SmithAmundsen

PTO Best Practices
PTO Best Practices
Employees often need to take unscheduled time off when a family problem or a personal issue arises.

This unplanned for absenteeism can cost your company big money! This webinar will show you how to develop a solid PTO policy that helps to reduce employee absenteeism; addressing exempt and non-exempt employees. It will also discuss your best methods of managing abuse of your policies and avoiding legal problems. • The bottom line on developing, designing, implementing, and informing your employees on an economical PTO program for your business; • The essential elements to take into account when developing or changing your PTO policy – and how it can affect your organizational morale – positively or negatively ; • Discussion on the pros/cons of an efficient PTO policy that meshes all time off into one account rather than dividing it into vacation time, sick time, personal days, holidays, etc.; • What you must know about complying with federal employment laws including FMLA, OSHA, ADA and the FLSA when developing your PTO policy; • How to handle carryover from year to year and cash out options in Illinois; • Also includes notices needed when forcing exempt employees to use their PTO for enforced furloughs; • Deducting partial-day absences from exempt employees’ salaries; • Use it or lose it policies – Are they legal?; • Structuring a PTO policy to minimize abuses of FMLA intermittent leave; • And more

New DOL Regulations Released
New DOL Regulations Released
They’re here! The Department of Labor has finally released the New Overtime Exemption Rules! Businesses will need to analyze all of their current exempt employees to assure that those individuals are still exempt.

As discussed last year, at the very least, these new rules are increasing the salary necessary for businesses to consider an employee exempt from the overtime requirements. What this means is that wage and hour claims are going to continue to grow, and be a company’s highest risk for litigation. But the key for businesses is to identify any and all potential issues now and fix them prior to the regulations going into effect or simultaneously. Topics to be Discussed • The specific salary that each individual must have, including the other requirements that are necessary to meet the overtime exemption. • Different pay methods that businesses should implement for those who either 1) do not meet the overtime exemption under the law; or 2) current salary who the business can’t afford to increase to meet the new salary requirements. Businesses who attend this webinar will walk away with a game plan as to how to comply with the new regulations, while also understanding the other options they have to comply with the wage and hour laws. Taught by attorney Sean F. Darke of Wessels Sherman.

Prevailing Wage Law: Properly Completing the Certified Transcript of Payroll
Prevailing Wage Law: Properly Completing the Certified Transcript of Payroll
Any employer who performs public construction work must be familiar with the reporting requirements associated with certified transcripts of payroll.

This 90 minute webinar will educate construction related businesses throughout the US on how to stay in technical compliance with reporting obligations under Illinois and federal prevailing wage laws. The certified transcript of payroll requirements vary depending on whether the project is governed by federal or Illinois prevailing wage law. In addition, the 2014 amendments to the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act have made calculating and reporting prevailing wage payments unnecessarily complex. Don’t miss this informative webinar that will provide detailed instruction about prevailing wage recordkeeping and reporting requirements. The construction season is quickly approaching, so now is the time to be sure your company has a firm grasp on the prevailing wage reporting requirements, including how to properly complete the certified transcript of payroll. We have seen first-hand the increased importance the government is placing on technical compliance with prevailing wage requirements, so this webinar is designed to help your company avoid unnecessary government scrutiny and penalties.

Wage Garnishments Webinar
Wage Garnishments Webinar
From wage garnishments and assignments, to deductions, to tax levies, employers' payment ad withholding responsibilities are fraught with complications, counter-intuitive prohibitions, and pitfalls.

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, along with Noah A. Frank of SmithAmundsen's Labor & Employment Group, is offering employers and their respective management teams, along with HR and compensation professionals of all levels the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge on various laws impacting the appropriate wage with-holdings and payments to employees. Highlights include: Wage garnishments and assignments; deductions for theft, and un-returned or damaged employer property; use-it-or-lose-it vacation policies; tax levies; child support orders; and common issues will be discussed.

The New World of Wage and Hour Laws in Illinois: Is Your Business in Compliance?
The New World of Wage and Hour Laws in Illinois: Is Your Business in Compliance?
Is your corporation up-to-date on all the recent developments in wage and hour laws?

Is your organization tracking its salaried employees' hours of work? Does your severance agreement create a pattern and practice situation? Are your salaried employees really exempt? Not sure, then you must attend this webinar! Over that last few years both the U.S. Department of Labor and Illinois Department of Labor have issued new rules that Illinois businesses are still not complying with. This webinar is going to discuss those changes and provide practical solutions for businesses. Wage and hour lawsuits will once again be one of the highest risk to your organization in 2016, so join us for this webinar to assure your Business is in compliance.

New DOL Wage & Hour Rules: What They Mean on a Practical Level
New DOL Wage & Hour Rules: What They Mean on a Practical Level
In July 2015, the US Department of Labor (US DOL) issued proposed rules to increase the salary requirements used to establish an exemption from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The rule is anticipated to become final in mid to late 2016. Wage and hour class and collective actions continue to rise and can be extremely costly for employers. This webinar will teach you how to address these upcoming changes to the FLSA, how to audit and analyze the exemptions your company is utilizing; the practical application of the new rules to your workforce, how to identify and address exempt to nonexempt conversations and back pay issues; and how to avoid costly lawsuits and/or Department of Labor audits through effective preventative action.

Updating Important Employment Related Forms for 2016
Updating Important Employment Related Forms for 2016
This webinar will not only identify what forms need to be modified due to changes in applicable law, but will also provide attendees guidance on how to complete the form correctly.

The labor and Employment law attorneys of Smith Amundsen LLC will discuss changes in the law corresponding forms to keep up with these changes including: Interview checklists, record keeping requirements, employee data records, job descriptions and their content, leave of absence and accommodation mandates, and other forms necessary for doing business in today's world.

How to Properly Pay Hourly Employees
How to Properly Pay Hourly Employees
Wage and hour law is full of traps!

Ensuring that hourly employee pay procedures and policies are compliant with state and federal law is essential given the increased scrutiny the US and Illinois Departments of Labor have placed even on employers who make minimal and innocent errors. Topics include: Appropriately classifying employees as nonexempt/exempt; Determining working time, and meal and rest breaks; tips and other payments to hourly employees; when and how to pay overtime and award compensatory time; making valid wage deductions; and other paid and unpaid time.

What Now? The Many Different and Legal Pay Methods Employers Can Use
What Now? The Many Different and Legal Pay Methods Employers Can Use
This webinar tackles the many different payroll methods allowed under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois Wage and Hour Laws, for businesses whose employees will no longer fall under the overtime exemption.

With the recent Department of Labor's proposed rules changes, businesses are attempting to figure out how it will pay its employees, while at the same time maintaining its operations and profitability. This webinar explores the many different pay methods allowed and provides helpful tips on how businesses can pay their employees without disrupting their operations. In addition, this webinar will discuss the other potential minimum wage and overtime exemptions that your employee may fall under. Attendees of this webinar will walk away with numerous options on how it can properly pay its employees, who are no longer exempt under the "white collar" exemptions.

New DOL Exempt Proposal and Rules
New DOL Exempt Proposal and Rules
This webinar will focus on what the new DOL Exempt rule is proposing, including salary change and a mechanism for it to go up every year.

Tips and suggestions on how employers can prepare now for this change will be discussed throughout this webinar. Additionally, creative solutions to address changing someone's pay and again emphasizing looking at whether the employee properly meets the duties test for the exemption along with the salary increase will be covered.

The Illinois One Day Rest in Seven Act: How to be compliant with Meal, break and Rest Period Laws
The Illinois One Day Rest in Seven Act: How to be compliant with Meal, break and Rest Period Laws
Illinois employers need to be cognizant of both Illinois and Federal wage and hour laws.

Illinois has state specific laws governing rests, breaks, and how many days per week an employee in Illinois may work. This webinar addresses legal issues regarding compensable work time relating to meals and breaks under Illinois and Federal laws, requirements under the Illinois One Day Rest in Seven Act, other compensable time issues, recordkeeping issues and best practices.

Wage and Hour Compliance Workshop: Is Your Company in Compliance?
Wage and Hour Compliance Workshop: Is Your Company in Compliance?
Wage and Hour litigation continues to be one of the highest risks for businesses.

This webinar provides a step-by-step guide on how a business can conduct an internal audit to help determine if its employees are truly exempt from overtime. The webinar walks the participants through a DOL audit and explains the do's and don'ts. The webinar also highlights the recent administrative rules and regulations that have changed the wage and hour landscape in the State of Illinois. This webinar is crucial for any business who has not performed a wage and hour audit in the past three years.

Wage and Hour Law: Compensable Time - Are you Paying Your Employees the Proper Wages?
Wage and Hour Law: Compensable Time - Are you Paying Your Employees the Proper Wages?
This webinar provides attendees with a review of Illinois and Federal law, as it relates to employees' hours worked.

This webinar discusses when the company has an obligation to pay its employees and when the company does not need to pay its employees. This webinar reviews waiting time requirements, lunch periods, travel time, preliminary and post activities, and other hours worked scenarios. This webinar also provides a detailed explanation of the recent US Supreme Court decision, which analyzes what work must be paid to an employee and what work does not need to be paid to the employee. Lastly, the webinar provides the most recent amendments to the Illinois Wage payment and collections Act and the impact those amendments will have on your organization's decision with severance agreements.

How Illinois Companies Should Best Handle an IDES Audit when the Company Uses Independent Contractors
How Illinois Companies Should Best Handle an IDES Audit when the Company Uses Independent Contractors
Nationally recognized in the independent contractor area of law, Attorney Nancy Joerg has represented hundreds of companies in Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) audits.

The IDES is the Illinois unemployment insurance benefits agency that audits companies to see (among other legal issues) whether their workers should be reclassified from Independent contractor status to employee status. Reclassification can cost a company a lot of trouble and money! Attorney Joerg has assisted thousands of client companies with complex IDES hearings and challenging audits on the difficult issue of whether particular workers are independent contractors or employees. Attorney Joerg will explain, step by step, how to effectively deal with IDES auditors; how to properly and successfully represent independent contractor situations to an IDES hearing officer; how to handle and protest correspondence from the local IDES office; what you should and should not have in independent contractor agreements and independent contractor files - exactly what to say and do. Often a lot of money is at stake in these legal situations. Therefore, it is well worth your time to participate in this webinar if your company or your clients use independent contractors.

 

 

 

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