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Wage & Hour Conference

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Hilton Garden Inn Wallingford/Meriden

1181 Barnes Road

Wallingford, CT 06492

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This program is approved for 5.5 HRCI credits and 5.5 SHRM PDCs.


7:30 am | Check-In & Networking Breakfast

8:30 am | Welcome & Interactive Polling

  • Mark Soycher, HR Counsel, CBIA

9 am | State Legislative Update

There’s a new FMLA game in town, and most employers will be required to participate. Not to mention the five scheduled minimum wage increases beginning October 1, 2019 through 2023. Get the basics on the massive changes, and what you need to do to minimize disruption and ensure compliance.

  • Eric Gjede, Vice President, Government Affairs, CBIA

9:30 am | Exempt or Not? The Shifting FLSA Landscape

Updated rules for defining which workers are exempt from overtime are in the final stage of the U. S. Labor Department’s regulatory process. Getting it wrong can mean significant legal and financial exposure from employee claims and government audits. Review the status of proposed revisions to regulations, the expected timing for final approval, and how these significant changes will affect everything from recruiting to hiring to firing.

  • Lori Alexander, Office Managing Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.

10:15 am | Break

10:30 am | Critical Compensation Strategies

A dramatic new state paid leave program, significant pending changes to federal overtime standards, minimum wage increases, and continued expansion of mobile, remote and other work arrangements means it’s critical that employers examine and adjust compensation approaches. Get guidance on setting priorities and tips for ongoing compensation planning.

  • Carol Kardas, Founding Partner, KardasLarson, LLC

11:15 am | Self-Auditing Overtime Exemptions

With changes to the standards governing FLSA white collar overtime exemptions on the horizon, assessing exempt or non-exempt status is essential. A self-audit strategy can give your company a documented, defensible determination, substantially lowering the risk of misclassifications. You'll also learn how to properly transition to correct classifications when errors are found.

  • Meredith Diette, Partner, Berchem Moses P.C.

12 pm | Networking Lunch

1 pm | Wage & Hour JEOPARDY!

  • Mark Soycher, HR Counsel, CBIA

1:30 pm | Hours Worked: Defining, Counting & Recording

Our connected world complicates how to determine if an employee is on-the-clock or off-the-clock. Other common challenges include classifying time prior to actually commencing work, immediately after ceasing formal work performance, time spent training, traveling, or waiting to work, as well as variations on adding up total hours worked. We cover everything you need to know about recording and maintaining wage data.

  • Vincent Farisello, Partner, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP

2:15 pm | Temps, Telecommuters, Travelers, & Contractors

Nontraditional employment situations are becoming traditional, but nonetheless continue to be extremely confusing, and a leading source of violations. Explore how wage and hour rules apply to special cases such as independent contractors (including revised Department of Labor criteria and differing definitions among enforcement agencies); the contingent workforce, temporary employees; telecommuters; job sharing; commissioned employees; and other types of nontraditional employee arrangements.

  • Patrick McHale, Partner, Kainen, Escalera & McHale, PC

3 pm | Interacting with the Department of Labor (Panel)

Review how you can prepare for the possibility of an investigation, how to most effectively respond, and how to minimize liability. Do you know what events might bring the Connecticut or U.S. labor departments to your doorstep? Do you have to let them in and allow them to search your records? Are changes to the wage and hour laws changing the focus or authority of each agency? This is an educational opportunity to ask the questions that keep you up at night.

  • Moderator: Mark Soycher, CBIA HR Counsel

  • Sarah Thomas, Assistant District Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division, Hartford District Office

  • Jonathan Trumbull, Wage & Hour Investigator, Wage & Workplace Standards, Connecticut Department of Labor

4 pm | Adjourn

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