Wage & Hour Issues: The Newest Wage Hour Claims and the Most Common Mistakes that Lead to Class Actions
Angelo Spinola, Esq. of Littler Mendelson
Wage and hour class actions continue to sweep through the country and are now the leading type of class action filed nationwide representing 91% of all employment law class actions. These cases are attractive to plaintiffs' lawyers and devastating to employers because they often result in massive awards or settlements in the tens of millions of dollars. As employers are learning to comply with the basics of the law, employee claims are targeting new practices that many employers have not considered. This program focuses on identifying these hot button issues and the steps employers should be taking to resolve them now.
You will learn about:
- The industries that are currently being targeted by the Plaintiffs' bar and the DOL.
- New legislation that will lead to a rise in wage hour litigation in certain states.
- Issues associated with the remote workforce and the use of phones, tables and laptops.
- The pitfalls associated with rounding.
- The key mistakes related to meal deductions.
- The most common challenges to exemption status.
- How your company's technology can be used to establish or limit liability.
- Frequent mistakes when determining the regular rate to calculate overtime.
- How to properly edit time records and the time shaving claims that will result if you do not.
- Whether or not an employee's travel time is compensable.
- How to deal with computer boot up time, donning and doffing, and other pre/post shift activities.
- How effective training for both employees and managers can improve compliance, and help establish an effective legal defense.
Angelo Spinola, Esq. is a Shareholder with the law firm of Littler Mendelson in Atlanta where he regularly assists employers in promoting an issue-free work environment through counseling, training and other preventive strategies. In addition, Mr. Spinola has extensive employment litigation experience and has litigated all types of discrimination cases brought under both federal and state discrimination laws. Mr. Spinola also represents employers in complex class and collective actions involving overtime and other wage related claims. He also specializes in assisting employers in developing forward thinking compliance measures designed to reduce the risk of litigation. Mr. Spinola represents management in grievance arbitrations, drafts restrictive covenant agreements and litigates issues related to unfair competition and the misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of executive employment contract claims, workers’ compensation retaliation claims, wage and hour misclassification and off the clock work claims under the FLSA as well as a myriad of common law claims asserted under state laws. He regularly appears on behalf of employers in federal courts, state courts and administrative tribunals throughout the Southeast and other parts of the United States. Mr. Spinola is a contributing author of the book “Discrimination, Harassment and the Law” published by Entrepreneur Press. He also co-authored “Wage and Hour Answer Book, 2007 Edition” published by Aspen Publishers, Inc. He received his J.D. degree from George Washington University.
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