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Webinar: Wage and Hour Claims Increase; Are You in Compliance?

Date & Time: July 17, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time

Duration: 1 Hour

Cost: $125 per connection site with unlimited number of participants. Comprehensive materials will be provided.

Leaders: Albert L. Vreeland, II and Lyndel L. Erwin

Although employment discrimination claims have declined nationally, Wage and Hour investigations and lawsuits continue to increase at a record pace. There is no prerequisite for an employee to file an administrative action in order to bring a Wage and Hour claim. Unlike most employment claims which involve individual complaints, Wage and Hour complaints often involve large numbers of employees.

During this informative Wage and Hour webinar on July 17, 2014, the following trouble spots will be reviewed:

  • Misclassification of employees as exempt or independent contractors. We expect DOL to issue new exemption regulations – what are the trouble spots now employers face when classifying employees as exempt? What are the most troublesome issues and liability for employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors? 

  • What are the best approaches for paying employees? For example, fixed salary for fluctuating workweek is illegal in some states – what are the problems and possibilities with this pay system? Should bonus payments be calculated into overtime, even if the employer truly believes that the bonus payments are “discretionary?”
  • How should employees be paid for working off-site, with or without employer permission?
  • How should travel time be handled – when an employee’s location changes, when an employee is called from home to report to work, or when an employee is sent out of town?
  • What are employer rights to deduct from employee pay, including disciplinary deductions from exempt employees, deductions for time missed for exempt employees, and deductions for lost or damaged product? 

  • The Department of Labor believes that 80% of all U.S. employers violate Wage and Hour law. How should you respond if a Wage and Hour investigates you?
  • There are more Wage and Hour “collective actions” than all other employment class actions combined. What are the Wage and Hour areas and violations the plaintiffs’ attorneys usually pursue? 

  • What developments are occurring at the state level, including increases to the minimum wage and mandatory breaks? What changes are affecting government contractors? 

  • How can employers engage in a “self audit” for possible Wage and Hour violations without causing Wage and Hour litigation?

Al Vreeland has handled Wage and Hour collective actions throughout the country for employers and Lyndel Erwin was the District Director for the United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, before joining LMV.

Please join us for what promises to be a thorough and informative webinar on this important area.

This program has been approved for 1 hour of (General) recertification credit toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).
Click here, call Jerri Prosch at 205.323.9271 or e-mail Ms. Prosch at


Effective Supervisor® 2014 Series

We know that everyone is looking for ways to cut costs right now - in every industry and at every level. However, in our opinion, these economic times are exactly the wrong time to cut the budget for legal compliance training. What we have learned from past economic fluctuations is that charges of discrimination and lawsuits climb when the economy falls. Not only may untrained supervisors fail to recognize treacherous situations, but failure to train supervisors in employment law may cut off legal defenses or create additional causes of action against a Company or its top management. In short, combine investing less in training your supervisors with a climate where workers who are terminated cannot readily find another job, and you have the perfect formula for a spike in employment litigation. What can prevent your business from experiencing such a spike? Supervisors your employees and even former employees trust and respect. Supervisors who communicate expectations clearly, treat employees consistently based on performance, and who respond to employee concerns. Supervisors with the knowledge to recognize a situation that may trigger a legal claim, and the education and confidence to respond to such thorny situations.

Our Effective Supervisor program offers you a proven, cost-effective approach to this essential training. Although we update and refine the material every year, this will be the seventeenth consecutive year we have offered this course. Over the years, over 6,000 managers and supervisors have participated in this program which focuses on enhancing the knowledge and confidence of supervisors and managers in handling employee issues and employer compliance responsibilities. We teach from the perspective of the employer's rights; our goal is that supervisors leave empowered about their jobs, not scared of the laws. Our evaluations over the years tell us our approach is working.

This program has been approved for 6.0 hours of (General) recertification credit toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

The seminars take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our 2014 schedule is as follows:

September 25, 2014 Birmingham Rosewood Hall, SoHo Square
October 21, 2014 Auburn The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center
October 23, 2014 Huntsville U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Click here for agenda.

$150 Each for 1-2 Attendees
$135 Each for 3-9 Attendees
$110 Each for 10 or more Attendees

Click here, call Jerri Prosch at 205.323.9271 or e-mail Ms. Prosch at



Winner of Client Choice Award

Richard Lehr, along with the firm, were recently recognized as the exclusive winner in the Employment category for Alabama in the Client Choice Guide – USA & Canada 2014. Client Choice recognizes those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for this recognition focus on an ability to add real value to clients' business above and beyond the other players in the market. Uniquely, law firms and partners can only be nominated by corporate counsel. A sincere thank you to our clients for your support and trust in our work here at Lehr Middlebrooks & Vreeland.


LMV Receives Top Super Lawyers and Chambers Ratings

We are honored to announce that five LMV attorneys were recently recognized by Alabama Super Lawyers, an independent lawyers rating publication. Richard Lehr, David Middlebrooks, Al Vreeland and Mike Thompson were listed in Alabama Super Lawyers for 2014; Whitney Brown was recognized as a Rising Star. In addition, David Middlebrooks was once again recognized on the list of the Top Ten Alabama Super Lawyers; Richard Lehr and Al Vreeland were both included again among the Top 50 attorneys.

LMV was recognized by The Chambers 2013 Client's Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a tier 1 firm in our field, the seventh consecutive year we have received such recognition. Chambers stated that "the group continues to be highly sought after for its advice on disability discrimination claims and employee benefits" and “also has a strong reputation for labor contract negotiations and union avoidance campaigns.”

Conscious that ratings such as these are a reflection of our friends' and clients' confidence in us, we thank you. We know we are "terminable at will," and we work daily to exceed your expectations.


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