The Nuts and Bolts of FLSA Compliance and Litigation Seminar Materials

Publication Date: January 2015
Available Formats: Searchable PDF via download
Pages: 126

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Topics Covered:

  • Misclassification issues
  • Employee versus independent contractor
  • Part 541 white collar exemptions
  • Mechanics of settlement
  • Salary basis test, docking, and employer leave policies
  • Retaliation
  • Department of Labor initiatives

This comprehensive, stand-alone publication is direct from a January 2015 seminar.

Wage and hour issues continue to be one of the hottest topics in the business and employment field. Lawsuits from employees are on the rise, and so are government audits targeting employers for potential wage and hour violations. Whether you are a management-side attorney, a plaintiff’s attorney, or just an occasional adviser to a business, this information is imperative for your practice.


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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. CLASSIFICATION OF EMPLOYEES


A. Non-Exempt Employees

B. Exempt Employees

II. APPLYING THE DUTIES TEST

A. The Executive Exemption
    1. Exempt managerial duties
    2. Primary duty
    3. Department or subdivision
    4. Employees supervised
    5. Emergencies
    6. Occasional tasks

B. The Administrative Exemption
    1. Directly related to management or general business operations
    2. Discretion and independent judgment
    3. Matters of significance

C. The Professional Exemption
    1. Course of Specialized Instruction
    2. Learned professionals
    3. Creative professionals
    
    Teachers, lawyers and physicians
    
D. Computer Employees Exemption

E. Outside Salesperson Exemption

F. Commissioned Retail and Service Employees

G. Highly Compensated Employees

H. Other Miscellaneous Exemptions
    I. Non-Exempt Positions

III. APPLYING THE SALARY BASIS TEST

A. General Definition
    1. Partial-day docking
    2. Full-day docking

B. The Ready, Willing and Able Test
    1. Weather-related closings
    2. Government shutdowns

    Other employer closings

C. Personal Leave
    Full day absences
    
    Partial-day absences
    
    Special Rule for Governmental Employees

D. Sick Leave

E. Jury Duty, Witness Attendance and Military Leave

F. Disciplinary Deductions
    
    Safety rules of major significance
    
    Violation of other workplace rules
    
G. The Effect of Employer Pay-Docking Policies

H. Deductions From Accrued Leave Banks
    
    The Department of Labor (DOL) position
    
    Judicial interpretation
    
I. Deductions For FMLA Leave

J. Payment of Overtime to Exempt Employees

K. Correcting Improper Instances of Pay-Docking

IV. MECHANICS OF FLSA SETTLEMENTS


A. Use of Rule 68 Offer of Judgment

B. Tax Considerations of Settlement Agreements
    1. Tax Code Treatment of Different Damages Components
        a. Wages
        b. Liquidated Damages
        c. Attorneys’ Fees
    
    2. The Parties’ Allocation of Damages for Tax Purposes

C. Court Approval of Settlements

D. Unique Settlement Issues: Undocumented Workers
    1. FLSA Cause of Action
    2. Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers
    

Authors

Mark E. Papadopoulos

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