Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance: Effective Strategies and Best Practices
Wage and hour cases remain to be one of the most complex areas of law to litigate. Lawsuits continue to be filed at a steady pace and significant challenges also arise in the resolution of wage and hour class actions.
With all the changes that continue to transpire in the wage and hour litigation landscape, companies and their counsel must be in the know of the latest legal developments to ensure compliance and avoid unwanted damages. It is, also, of utmost importance for attorneys to be knowledgeable of recent wage and hour issues and initiatives impacting employees in the workplace.
Listen to a panel of key thought leaders and wage and hour attorneys assembled by The Knowledge Group as they bring the audience to a road beyond the basics of bringing or defending against a wage and hour lawsuit. Speakers will provide the audience with effective strategies and best practices in bringing out the best in these lawsuits in a rapidly evolving legal climate. Discover the risks and pitfalls of non-compliance as they delve into an in-depth analysis of the current trends and recent court rulings.
In a LIVE Webcast, the speakers will discuss:
- Legal and Regulatory Standpoint in Wage & Hour Litigation
- Latest Trends, Developments and Updates
- Key Compliance Guidelines
- Best Litigation Strategies and Practices
- What Lies Ahead
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- Independent contractor/employee classification. This is a heavily-litigated area, as well as a topic of particular relevance in the “gig economy.” The risks of misclassification can be enormous, and the law is constantly shifting. The 2018 Dynamex decision in California continues to have major repercussions across all industries. The California decision may also signal what’s to come in other states. This webinar will provide an overview of some of the different tests used to determine independent contractor/employee status, and will also highlight considerations for employers to keep in mind if they decide to reclassify members of their workforce.
- Ban-the-box legislation. More and more states are enacting legislation that prohibits employers from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal history – at least until a conditional offer of employment has been made. These laws require significant changes throughout the hiring process, from application forms to interview questions to adverse action letters. This webinar will review the changing legal landscape and offer best practices for employers moving forward.
- Gender Pay Equity. This is a topic that has seen developments at both the state and federal level, from new data collection requirements by the EEOC to state laws prohibiting inquiries into salary history. This webinar will discuss these new developments.
- Use of Survey Data in Independent Contractor cases
- Use of Business Data in Independent Contractor cases
- Basics of Quantitative Hiring Analyses
- Pay Equity Analyses
- An Approach to Setting Starting Salaries
Who Should Attend:
- Employment and Labor Lawyers
- Employment Law Advisors
- Human Resources and Personnel Professionals
- Risk and Compliance Officers
- Board and Directors
- General Counsel
- In-House Counsel
- Legal Consultants
- Top Level Management
- Other Related/Interested professionals
Ellen Connelly Cohen earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where she graduated cum laude. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2006. Ms. Cohen’s practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling.
Ms. Cohen has litigated a broad array of employment matters in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies such as the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Ms. Cohen represents corporate employers in single-plaintiff litigation as well as class actions and representative matters under California’s Private Attorneys General Act. She has successfully defended clients against charges of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, failure to accommodate disabilities, unfair competition, wrongful termination, and misappropriation of trade secrets, as well as a host of wage and hour claims.
Ms. Cohen’s practice also includes employment counseling. She assists clients with questions about leaves of absence, proper classification of employees, reductions in force, and employee discipline. She prepares and reviews arbitration agreements, separation agreements and releases, and confidentiality agreements. Ms. Cohen also has extensive experience preparing employee handbooks and other employment-related policies. She regularly conducts internal workplace investigations, interviews witnesses, and prepares position statements on behalf of employers.
Ms. Cohen enjoys lecturing on current topics in employment law and conducting seminars and anti-harassment training for diverse audiences.
Prior to joining Call & Jensen, Ms. Cohen was a Litigation and Employment Senior Associate in the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. She also practiced at an employment defense boutique in Irvine. Ms. Cohen is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in California, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Cohen spent eight years in the field of higher education, serving as a residential adviser at Harvard University and an Undergraduate Admissions Officer at UCLA.
Ellen Connelly Cohen earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where she graduated cum laude. She received her law degree …
John Fahr is a Director at Resolution Economics, LLC, an economic consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York.
Dr. Fahr has conducted statistical analyses covering all aspects of employment discrimination cases, including compensation, hiring, promotion, termination. His work focuses on the construction and analysis of large, complex databases using economic and statistical techniques, as well as calculating damages and providing on-going monitoring of employment decisions. Dr. Fahr also has extensive experience in the application of statistical techniques to FLSA wage and hour cases. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and single-plaintiffs. In addition to his employment-related work, Dr. Fahr has several publications in the field of health economics as well as experience in the analysis of medical claims, including the identification of potential fraud, waste, and abuse.
Dr. Fahr holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
John Fahr is a Director at Resolution Economics, LLC, an economic consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, …
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General knowledge of wage and hour laws
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About Call & Jensen
Call & Jensen is a full service civil litigation boutique that handles high-stakes business matters throughout California and the country. It practices in state and federal courts at all trial and appellate levels. The Firm has specific expertise in Employment and Labor, Complex Class Action Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Unfair Competition, among other areas. Call & Jensen serves clients in many industries, including consumer products, financial services, retail, technology, fashion apparel, action sports, restaurant, and telecommunications. With attorneys from the nation’s top law schools and most respected firms, Call & Jensen has the ability to assemble the best team of lawyers to achieve each client’s business goals.
About Resolution Economics
Resolution Economics provides sophisticated economic, statistical and financial analyses, forensic investigations, forensic technology, dispute advisory, expert testimony, and specialized technology and analytic solutions to leading law firms, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies.
The firm has provided expert testimony in class-action, multi-plaintiff and single plaintiff employment matters alleging discrimination in employment practices on the basis of age, race, gender, national origin, and ethnicity. The experts at Resolution Economics have managed complex, high profile litigation and compliance matters, many of which were national in scope. The Labor and Employment team is one of the most experienced in the nation at analyzing class certification and merits issues in class-action discrimination disputes, and are experienced in handling complex wage and hour matters as well. The firm also provides assistance in information management, statistical sampling, and statistical analysis, as well as data collection, surveys, and observation studies.