The convoluted rules for legally handling rest and meal breaks have been around for many years. You may think you are doing it right...until you get sued and learn that you got many important details wrong. This frequently includes the costly revelation that you failed to comply with a number of other pay-related laws...even ones as seemingly simple as paying the correct overtime rate or having required information on a pay stub. Then you pay a huge price for your "close but no cigar" approach.
Breaks and wage issues are a large and attractive target for plaintiffs' lawyers. Now more than ever, employers must know how to properly comply with such rules to prevent devastating consequences.
Join employment law attorneys Jonathan Fraser Light and Susan S. Waag to learn what you need to know to understand and comply with these laws, take practical steps to protect your business, and GET IT RIGHT! Topics will include:
Many employers are still getting rest and meal breaks wrong without realizing it; let's fix that!
New laws and court decisions have added even more complexity to break requirements.
What constitutes a "duty-free break," and why is that important?
What must you do if an employee misses a break? How will you know?
How can you prove that your employees were provided with breaks?
Best practices for managing breaks and protecting yourself from related lawsuits.
Hourly employees: understanding the "regular rate" (it may not be what you think it is!)
Rules you may not know that can lead to overtime pay mistakes.
Piece-rate, commissions and bonus headaches: impacts on overtime, breaks and minimum wage.
Time worked: how so many employers fail to properly track employee hours.
Payroll software "features" that can get you into trouble.
Some issues never die: getting "hourly vs. exempt" right and the cost of being wrong.
Determination of contractor vs. employee: the cascade of claims from misclassification.
The crazy world of pay stubs: plaintiff's attorneys zero in on this easy target.