Clare Draper spoke on the topic "Avoiding Wage and Hour Traps for the Unwary" on Wednesday, May 2, 9:00am - 4:30pm. Wage and hour issues are a critical component of HR management in every company, and overtime litigation has been on the front pages lately. Usually, however, wage and hour issues are unrecognized or they do not appear as urgent, fading quietly into the background behind the more immediate problems and the more pressing initiatives. A false sense of security can develop where the payroll process seems to flow and no one complains. Underneath the quiet surface, though, significant liability can be growing, just waiting to explode when triggered by a disgruntled employee, an aggressive union organizer, or a surprise Department of Labor audit. Consequently, wage and hour collective actions have become the hottest trend in employment litigation. In this session, the most common sources of risk and liability and some strategies designed to meet business needs, manage risk and avoid litigation were discussed. Along the way, panelists explored concerns such as misclassification issues, payment structure issues, and work-time measurement and management. Speakers also addressed practical planning, documentation and useful process tips for staying out of trouble.
May 2, 2007
Georgia World Congress Center / Atlanta, GA