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Wage and Hour Webinar Recordings

Wage and Hour Law: As the Smoke Clears, What is the Current Status of Wage and Hour Laws
With the DOL reversing course on numerous polices and now seeking to change the regulations again, this webinar will provide up-to-date changes on the current wage and hour laws.

Properly Paying Hourly Employees
Attendees will learn about classifying employees as exempt vs. non-exempt, making valid wage deductions and more!

Illinois One Day of Rest Law
This webinar will discuss legal issues regarding compensable work time relating to meals and breaks under Illinois and federal laws.

We will address requirements under the Illinois One Day Rest in Seven (ODRISA) Act, other compensable time issues, recordkeeping issues, and the best practices associated with each situation.

Employer Solutions for Wage and Hour Problems
This webinar will discuss some of the most common wage issues that businesses face each and every year.

This webinar will start from the beginning and walk through the entire process of specific situation, which will provide businesses confidence in handling the situation if it arises.

Wage Garnishments, Tax Liens, and Child Support Orders
Please join us for this lively 90-minute webinar with the opportunity for Q&A that will center on what employers can and should deduct from wages and compensation (and what they are prohibited from withholding) for better wage and hour compliance and avoiding common mistakes.
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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.