CalChamber to Host Webinar on the High Price of Misclassifying Exempt Employees

UPDATE 4/21/2016: Recorded webinar now available on the CalChamber Store.


A review of how to correctly classify and pay exempt employees will be presented by California Chamber of Commerce employment law experts in a live webinar on Thursday, April 21.

Misclassifying nonexempt employees as exempt from overtime is one of the most common and costly class-action lawsuits against employers. If that’s not enough to dissuade employers, consider the California Labor Commissioner’s increased wage-and-hour enforcement efforts—a top priority.

Clearly understanding the distinction between exempt and nonexempt employees becomes particularly complex for California employers as the state’s exemption requirements create more restrictions than federal law.

If an employee is misclassified, employers could expose themselves to significant liability, including back pay and other penalties.

“Job titles and job descriptions alone do not determine whether an employee is exempt or nonexempt,” cautions Erika Frank, CalChamber vice president, legal affairs, and general counsel.

Join CalChamber’s employment law experts for a review of correctly classifying and paying exempt employees:

  • Different exemptions under state and federal law.
  • Proper exempt vs. nonexempt classifications.
  • Minimum wage and salary requirements.
  • When payroll deductions are permissible.

Attendees will also learn about recent developments in related legislation:

  • California increase in minimum monthly salary for most exempt employees.
  • Impact on California employers when the U.S. Department of Labor finalizes proposed revisions to federal overtime rules in 2016.

CalChamber Presenters

CalChamber hosts for the live webinar include:

  • Erika Frank, vice president, legal affairs, and general counsel. She joined CalChamber in April 2004 as a policy advocate and general counsel, leveraging her 10 years of legal, governmental and legislative experience. Named vice president of legal affairs in 2009, she is CalChamber’s subject matter expert on California and federal employment law. Frank oversees and contributes to CalChamber labor law and human resources compliance publications; co-produces and presents webinars and seminars; and heads the Labor Law Helpline. J.D. McGeorge School of Law.
  • Jessica Hawthorne, senior employment law counsel and Helpline manager. She joined CalChamber in January 2014, where she previously served as employment law counsel from 2006 to 2009. In addition to managing and serving as a consultant for the Labor Law Helpline, Hawthorne uses her employment law knowledge and expertise to produce and conduct webinars and seminars, as well as contribute to CalChamber publications. She returned to CalChamber from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA), where she was internal counsel for four years. J.D. Widener University School of Law.

For more information or to register for this webinar, call (800) 331-8877 or go online. The cost is $199.00 ($159.20 for CalChamber Preferred and Executive members).

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