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Hourly Workers: Employee Rights, Employer Obligations

Class actions, employee misclassification, and more

2100294WBC
Thursday, 6/17/2010, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Live Webcast, www.mcle.org
4 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits

Product Description

What do construction workers, coffee bar baristas, and computer technicians all have in common? They are all involved in disputes with their employers concerning the proper payment of wages. Over the last few years, litigation in this area has increased dramatically. The stakes are high for all sides-with the passage of a mandatory treble damages statute applicable to many wage statute violations, mistakes have become more costly. Questions frequently come to you either in emergency situations-the audit compliance team is at the door-or under the guise of a simple question that really is not simple at all. This seminar teaches you how to spot the issues, and where to go to get the answers you need.

You will learn...

  • The most common wage and hour mistakes employers make, but can easily avoid
  • The Attorney General's enforcement priorities
  • How to tell the difference between an employee and an independent contractor under the Commonwealth's independent contractor statute, state unemployment law, and selected federal statutes
  • How to tell an individual claim from a class action
  • Factors to consider in selecting a forum or removing a case

Agenda

  • Employee Misclassification as Independent Contractors
  • Forum Selection-State Court vs. Federal Court, Assignment to the BLS
  • What Constitutes a Collective Action vs. a Class Action
  • How To Get a Class Action Certified-or Not
  • Top Ten "Dos and Don'ts" Under State and Federal Wage and Hour Law
  • Special Issues Regarding Undocumented Workers
  • A View from the AG's Office
  • "Ask the Experts" Q&A Session

Table of Contents

Chair

Brigitte M. Duffy, Esq., ,

Faculty

C.J. Eaton, Esq., Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Boston
Philip J. Gordon, Esq., Gordon Law Group LLP, Boston
Karla E. Zarbo, Esq., Assistant Attorney General-Fair Labor and Business Practices Div. , Boston

Speaker(s)

Fees

  • $225
  • $195 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $145 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2005, pending admittees and law students
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