Monday, June 29, 2009

Flexible Wage and Hour Training That Ensures FLSA Compliance During Employee Furloughs and Reduced Work Hours Announced by Workplace Answers

Workplace Answers Web-based training has an innovative, modular approach to educating employees to comply with Wage and Hour laws and regulations. Employers who want to establish an Affirmative Defense with a wage and hour training program can now choose a single solution to instruct their employees and supervisors around the country on proper wage and hour recordkeeping and practices under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and California's more stringent and complex wage and hour laws.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 29, 2009 -- "Wage and Hour class action lawsuit," "Department of Labor investigation", "Overtime violations" - these words can strike fear in even the most seasoned Human Resources professionals. The current economic climate of drastic cost-cutting and slashing hours of work and overtime are leading to unwitting wage and hour violations. Add to that the fact that the U.S. Department of Labor has already begun hiring 150 investigators and plans to add 100 more investigators to ensure compliance with wage and hour laws, and HR practitioners have every right to be worried.

Training Can Help Establish an Affirmative Defense under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

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Workplace Answers has introduced wage and hour compliance courses that can do more than prevent violations, they can be used by employers to demonstrate "good faith" compliance with the FLSA. Employers who have instituted a wage and hour training program and have instructed employees and supervisors in proper wage and hour recordkeeping and practices can avoid the liquidated damages that can arise from a willful violation of the law. "Employee class action wage and hour lawsuits are a substantial threat to employers," said Lynn D. Lieber, Esq., Founder and CEO of Workplace Answers. "Wage and hour training for employees and supervisors provides an incredible return on investment - potentially saving an employer millions of dollars in violations and liquidated damages."

New Training Course Modules for Employees, Supervisors and To Comply with California Overtime Regulations

Workplace Answers' new program begins with Wage and Hour Law for All Employees - National Edition, a course that covers essential wage and hour laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, and teaches employees to recognize what situations count as hours worked under the law. The companion module, the Wage and Hour Supervisor Supplement gives supervisors critical guidance about proper wage payment and recordkeeping practices. Workplace Answers has also released a Wage and Hour Law - California Supplement module to address California's mandatory overtime regulations and more stringent and complex wage and hour laws.

Lieber explains, "Wage and hour violations most frequently occur because employees and supervisors simply do not have accurate information about wage payment practices. Cost-effective Web-based training is an easy solution to a potentially huge problem."

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