Skoler, Abbott & Presser Webinar Offers Best Practices for Finding and Fixing Employee Misclassifications

The Department of Labor (DOL) estimates that nearly 70 percent of employers are not in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In 2010 alone, the DOL set aside $25 million for an enforcement crackdown, adding 350 FLSA investigators with the goal of sniffing out employers who commit wage and hour offenses, especially exemption misclassifications. Unpaid overtime and misclassified employees are a gold mine for aggressive employee attorneys, and a major focus of the Obama Administration’s Department of Labor. To help employers understand their responsibilities under FLSA, Susan G. Fentin, partner at Skoler, Abbott & Presser will present a best practices webinar that will be aired live on Friday, February 17, 2012, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST.

In 90 minutes, Fentin, a management lawyer well versed in pay practices and procedures, will explain exactly how to spot and fix problems with clear, step-by-step instructions. She will be joined by John S. Gannon, an associate attorney at the firm. The live event will teach viewers how to conduct an internal payroll self-audit that evaluates current policies and practices and reveals mistakes before they are discovered by enforcement officials or employees’ attorneys.

Those participating in this interactive webinar will also learn:

* Which documents to review and what to look for in those documents

* Keys to overtime exemption audits, including how to alert employees

* Wage and hour record-keeping practices to help employers steer clear of liability and avoid matters that trigger unwanted attention

* How to correctly classify the most complex job descriptions

* The safest way to fix exemption classification errors

* How to tell if independent contractors could have claims for unpaid overtime against a company or organization

There will be an “Ask a Question” tab that viewers can click on to pose questions that will be answered during the Webinar.

To register now for this informative webinar, please visit

Attorney Susan G. Fentin is a partner in the labor and employment firm of Skoler, Abbot & Presser, P.C., which has represented exclusively management interest for nearly 50 years. She was ranked as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers USA rating agency in both 2010 and 2011.

The FLSA, which prescribes standards for the basic minimum wage and overtime pay, affects most private and public employment. It requires employers to pay covered employees who are not otherwise exempt at least the federal minimum wage, and overtime pay at one-and-one-half-times the regular rate of pay. The Act is administered by the Employment Standards Administration’s Wage and Hour Division within the U.S. Department of Labor.