Paying Employees Properly to Avoid a Lawsuit

Paying Employees Properly to Avoid a Lawsuit
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Walsh College, Novi
Paying Employees Properly to Avoid a Lawsuit
Thursday, March 29, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Lansing

$270 Members / $295 Future Members

Employers are required to comply with wage and hour laws and pay their employees properly. However, related regulations are quite complex for small and medium-sized employers, so they frequently find themselves the target of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) employment litigation.

Please join us for this comprehensive, full-day seminar to learn where employers often get tripped-up under the FLSA and state laws, and how to implement practical risk minimization strategies.

What You Will Learn:

  • Rules for compliance with minimum wage and overtime, including tough topics such as tips, tip pools, and bonus payments.
  • How to avoid common compensable work-time and overtime pay issues.
  • Employee vs. independent contractor rules.
  • How to minimize the risk of lawsuits.
  • How USDOL wage and hour audits work and how to prepare and respond.
  • Michigan wage payment and fringe benefit issues often missed by employers.
  • Strategies for implementing wage and hour changes or employee reclassification.
  • Anti-trust in HR: How to get competitive wage and benefit information without risking jail time.
  • Plus, the latest policy and enforcement position changes from the Trump Administration’s Wage and Hour Division.


  • Timekeeping: Pre- and post-shift work, rounding practices, travel time, on-call status, and off-duty emails and texts.
  • Exemptions: Employee-based and industry-based exemptions.
  • Overtime: What’s included in the “regular rate.”
  • Joint Employment: When it exists and the scope of unintended liability.
  • Independent contractor vs. employees.
  • Relationship between federal and Michigan wage and hour laws.
  • Vacation Pay: Rules of the road.
  • Payroll deductions and Overpayment corrections.
  • Garnishments and other involuntary wage deductions.
  • Final wages for deceased employees.
  • State and Federal Recordkeeping requirements regarding pay.
  • New USDOJ anti-trust guidelines for HR professionals.
  • Recent significant regulatory changes and court decisions, including class/collective actions.
  • Equal Pay: What the law requires, how to approach internal reviews, and implement any corrective action strategies.

Expert Presenter:

Martin BrookMartin C. Brook, Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PLLC is a labor and employment attorney with more than 20 years of experience representing employers in federal and state courts and administrative agencies. He advises employers on all aspects of employment law compliance & employer rights, litigation avoidance initiatives, positive employee relations, wage garnishments, other wage attachments, electronic pay and tax protestors’ issues. Notably, he assisted in drafting the Michigan garnishment reform Bills that became law and testified before the Michigan Legislature in support of the Bills. He also serves as an advisor to the Uniform Law Commission in the area of Wage Garnishments. 

Six (6) credits for the MI Chamber Basic or Advanced Human Resource AND Tax Policy & Finance Compliance Certification programs.
Five (5) credits under the guidelines of the Michigan State Board of Accountancy.
Four and a half (4.5) HR (General) recertification credit hours for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
Four and a half (4.5) PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.