To Be Exempt or Non-Exempt, That Is the Question!

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Concurrent Session
To Be Exempt or Non-Exempt, That Is the Question!
12/04/2018 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM |
Metropolitan Ballroom
1.00 SHRM PDCs
| Competencies: HR Expertise, Consultation, Critical Evaluation
Workplace Application:
Learn best practices for handling exempt/non-exempt classifications, to reduce exposure to wage and hour claims. 

Employers often misclassify employees because they lack a clear understanding of the complex criteria established by state and federal governments (whose requirements often differ) for determining exempt and non-exempt status. Misclassifying an employee as exempt can lead to wage and hour claims resulting in mandatory back pay of unpaid overtime, penalties and fines for missed rest and meal breaks, and potential departmental audits. In addition, the rules concerning deductions from an exempt employee's salary are confusing. The U.S. Department of Labor has a long list of do’s and don’ts. In addition, California employers have to deal with state-specific lists that are often contradictory to federal rules.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the different exempt categories and understand such concepts as “salary test,” use of “independent judgment,” and what is a “learned professional.”
  • Explore in depth the differing rules regarding vacation and sick time off, and the important nuances between docking an exempt employee's salary versus deducting time from sick or vacation leave banks.
  • Understand how ordinary changes in the workplace required by business can trigger the accidental loss of exempt status, and learn how to implement correct policies and practices to help avoid the loss of exempt status.
Lauraine Bifulco Photo
Presenter:
Lauraine Bifulco, president, Vantaggio HR