Understand the intricacies of wage and hour laws and practical steps to prevent costly litigation and government audits.
Employers across the nation have had to grapple with an ever-changing employment landscape over the last year, forcing them to make changes to job duties, pay rates, and classifications to accommodate an unpredictable economy. Whether it's having nonexempt employees work from home, modifying employee responsibilities, or implementing salary increases or bonus pay for frontline workers, employers do not always consider the implications of these changes and how they may impact an employer's obligation to comply with wage and hour laws. This topic will help individuals responsible for wage and hour compliance to understand the intricacies of wage and hour laws applicable to exempt and nonexempt employees and provides employers with practical steps to prevent costly litigation and government audits. The material will also explain the method of calculating complex wage and hour compensation and determining what constitutes compensable time. This information will help employers ensure their policies and practices comply with the most up-to-date federal and state wage and hour laws.
Jeffrey H. Ruzal
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
- Member in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker & Green P.C.
- Leads the firm’s hospitality service team and represents clients in such diverse industries as hospitality, financial services, retail, health care, and technology
- Recommended in The Legal 500 United States, in the Workplace and Employment Counseling category, 2018
- Represents employers in the defense of putative collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and class actions under the New York State Wage and Hour Law
- Interviewed and quoted by NPR News, Law360, Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, and the Society for Human Resource Management; written numerous articles on significant employment law issues that have been included in, among other leading publications, Law360, Thomson Reuters Practical Law, and Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin; frequently speaks at national conferences and webinars on a variety of important employment law topics
- Conducts audits of employers' policies and procedures to determine compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws
- Counsels employers with respect to federal and state wage and hour compliance, including exempt employee and independent contractor classification audits, compensation reviews, and nonexempt recordkeeping practices, prepares and advises on bonus and commission plans and various other compensation agreements and arrangements, provides advice and workplace training on wage and hour compliance, reductions in force, discrimination, and other employment issues
- Prior to joining Epstein Becker & Green, he served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, in New York, New York, where he was responsible for civil enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act and its implementing regulations from wage and hour investigations through trials
- Can be contacted at 212-351-3762 or [email protected]
Eduardo J. Quiroga
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
- Associate (admission pending) in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
- Has experience in employment litigation of single plaintiff and class action wage and hour claims and assisting employers navigate wage and hour issues
- Contributor to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.’s award-winning Wage & Hour Defense Blog and the Workforce Bulletin Blog
- Contributed on employment law issues that have been included in, among other publications, Law360
- Prior to joining Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., he served as a paralegal for a large property service workers union where he handled arbitrations and negotiated settlements of wage and hour claims brought by members
- J.D. degree, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
- Can be contacted at 212-351-3766 or [email protected]
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