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At Lehr Middlebrooks Vreeland & Thompson, we practice labor and employment law on behalf of management, with a focus on management rights and the actions that management can take, rather than those they can’t. We pride ourselves on providing prompt, high-quality, creative legal services and solutions. In our view, labor and employment counsel is a collaborative process with our clients, designed to meet their business objectives.


Webinar – June 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM CDT
DOL Exemption Changes: Pay, Problems and Possibilities

Pay is the “hottest” workplace issue today, whether it involves changes to the salary thresholds for exempt employees, the “Fight for 15” effort, pay equity or stagnant wages. Every year for the past five years wage and hour collective action lawsuits have increased, while employment lawsuits overall have declined. The salary changes to exempt status, which become effective on December 1, 2016, affect approximately 4.7 million employees, but the focus on this area will lead other employees to question whether they are properly classified. And exempt employees who are reclassified to non-exempt may question whether they have been misclassified all along.

Join Richard I. Lehr and Al L. Vreeland for a webinar on Wednesday, June 8th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CDT to cover the following Wage and Hour issues and, of course, respond to your questions:

  • Review of new salary regulations.
  • Analyze how bonuses and incentives count toward the new salary threshold.
  • Anticipating and avoiding the likely pitfalls for a new group of timekeepers.
  • Consider when an employer can make deductions from an exempt employee’s salary.
  • Review alternative pay systems to hourly non-exempt.
  • Implementing the change from exempt to non-exempt without provoking a Wage and Hour investigation or lawsuit.
  • Frequently asked questions employers can anticipate from employees and our suggested responses.
  • Other hot Wage and Hour areas:
    • Break time, travel time, overtime and smartphone time.
    • Incentives, shift differentials, two or more pay rates.
    • Charges against an employee’s pay: uniforms, tools, failure to return property, loans.

The charge for partiTo register, scroll down to the “Upcoming Seminars & Webinars” section.


Effective Supervisor® Fall 2016 Registration

Please join us for our nineteenth year of providing the Effective Supervisor® Seminar. This full-day program, developed and led by our attorneys, gives supervisors the tools to recognize and respond to situations that could develop into administrative or legal claims. We go beyond the legalese and discuss effective leadership and communication skills so that supervisors feel comfortable handling difficult situations and can speak confidently and compassionately when addressing tough issues like diversity in the workplace, changes in procedures, and employee medical issues.

Falls seminar dates in Huntsville, Birmingham, Auburn/Opelika, and Dothan will be announced soon and you will be able to register.


LMVT’s 2016 Employee Relations Summit

LMV is pleased to invite our clients and friends to our complimentary Employee Relations Summit on November 17th from 7:30 to 4:00 at WorkPlay in Birmingham, Alabama. During this full-day seminar, our attorneys and guest speakers will cover the workplace implications of the national election results, expansion of LGBT workplace litigation, DOL’s Wage and Hour and Persuader initiatives, how existing business relationships may constitute a “joint employer” for workplace liability, and the NLRB and Organized Labor’s joint efforts to transform the private sector workplace.

See the 2016 Employee Relations Summit link below under “Upcoming Seminars & Webinars” to register, or call Ms. Jerri Prosch in our office at (205) 323-9271. Registration cut-off will be November 11th.