Fair Labor Standards Act: Labor & Employment Laws (Updates for 2016)

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Payroll deduction and assessment for calculation of gross salaries is an important task and should be checked every time for errors. If you as an employer do it improperly, you can be heavily penalised by the IRS for negligence.

The Fair Labor Standards Act or FLSA aims to safeguard white-collar employees and checks that they are fairly compensated for their hard work by a private or public employer after deducting applicable taxes for various factors like fringe benefits (health insurance, group term life, meals and lodging, deductions of overpaid salaries from future payments, vacation hours, etc.)

As an employer or administrator, it is your duty to understand that this law is serious and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) cases have hit a new record high and continue to rise. More than 8,126 lawsuits were filed in the last year increasing it to over 400% since year 2000.

Key Features of the Conference

Since it is pertinent for an employer to expressly specify in the payroll about what can and what cannot be deducted from an employee’s payroll, this webinar will ensure that you understand how to comply with the FLSA. Not only will you learn why maintaining diligent record keeping of payrolls is necessary, but you will also save yourself from landing into court.

The FLSA is undergoing an amendment and the new rules ensure that fair minimum wage and overtime is paid to more eligible non-exempt employees of the company. Not only should you keep yourself updated about this law, but also understand its do’s and don’ts regarding calculation of salaries, deduction of overpayment, fringe benefits, deductions for applicable taxes, etc. 

Many things have to be kept in mind while preparing a payroll such as:

  • How much tax should be deducted from any employee's wage by an employer?

  • What amount can and what can’t be legally deducted?

  • What amount can never be deducted?

If an employer messes up these calculations, processing the paycheck will turn out to be incorrect and you can land up in jail for improper compensation to employees.

Penalties for non-compliance with FLSA’s exemption provisions can include:

  • Payment of back wages

  • Payment of unemployment benefits

  • Payment of back taxesPenalties and fines of $10,000 each

  • Imprisonment

This webinar by expert speaker Vanessa Nelson aims to educate you about the seriousness of FLSA and how you as an employer should start planning right now for the impact on your bookkeeping operations and finances, and also how not to incur fines due to any violation of the law.

  • You will learn the duties you need to perform in order to avoid massive penalties due to non-compliance like repeatedly violating the minimum wage or overtime payments to employees which is a crime and liable to be prosecuted.

  • You will learn that manually tracking your employees can cost you time and money and why it is necessary to maintain proper and updated electronic payrolls.

  • You will learn how to ascertain the cost of various benefits like uniforms for work, vacation perks, loans and advances, overtime hours, etc., and whether they can be deducted from an employee’s salary or not according to contract.

The Session will cover Key Topics such as:

  • Overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act

  • Summary of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed changes to regulations defining the "white collar" overtime exemptions

  • Salary levels proposed for 2016

  • Differences between the Exempt vs. non-exempt criterion for employees

  • Preparing for an FLSA inspection

  • Errors in misclassifying workers as independent contractors and their difference to employees

  • Overview of penalties for misclassifying employees

  • How to avoid non-compliance for misclassified employees

  • Trivia Questions and Examples

Who Can Benefit From This Conference

  • CFOs, VPs, Directors and Top Management  

  • HR Professionals

  • Book-keeper Professionals

  • Payroll Admin

  • Business Owners

  • Managers & Supervisors

Vanessa Nelson

Vanessa Nelson

Vanessa G. Nelson is founder and President of award-winning Expert Human Resources, which she founded to help companies maintain employment law compliance, avoid workplace litigation, maximize human capital, and reduce costs. Expert Human Resources has successfully saved businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars and has worked with multiple companies, including: McDonalds, Mass Transportation Authority, Muskegon Area District Library, Bedford Public Schools, and Old Newsboys.

Ms. Nelson received her Master of Science in Administration/Human Resources Management degree from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor in Business Management from Northwood University. She holds the Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) credential from the Human Resources Certification Institute, SHRM-SCP from Society of Human Resources, and Certified Labor Relations Leader (CLRL) from Michigan State University.

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