Topic: USDOL proposed rule change to raise the salary threshold for exempt employees.
Presented by: Marc Freedman, NAPS Legal Counsel
Highlights: Marc Freedman will explore and analyze the requirements or tests for determining whether an employee is exempt from Federal Wage and Hour overtime requirements. This webinar is especially timely in light of the USDOL issuance of proposed regulations on July 7th which began the 60 day comment period and the increase in FLSA class actions and DOL audits which are targeting the staffing industry. These new regulations would, among other things, raise the salary level threshold from $455 per week to $921 per week and the Highly Compensated Employee exemption from $100,000 per year to $122,148 per year with annual cost of living adjustments.
Mr. Freedman will address and give practical advice for the exempt employee duties tests which are particularly important for recruiters, IT workers and Computer Related Professionals.
Topic: Covering laws and guidelines and what the best practices are to follow to be sure you are in compliance.
Presented by: Matt Garbincus
Highlights: While employers must keep up with an ever changing legal landscape concerning laws and legislation, it's important to also review background screening practices for compliance purposes. Businesses and organizations want to hire qualified applicants and people that are a good fit. In this session we will cover what those laws and guidelines are and what best practices to follow to be sure you are in compliance. You will learn:
- The compelling reasons to screen applicants and mitigate risk
- Expectations on turnaround time and how to manage process with temporary hiring
- Adhering to legal requirements when conducting background checks
- Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Ban the Box, etc.
- Employer best practices for developing a comprehensive and compliant screening program
- Criminal background check products and your hiring guidelines
- What's available and how to select a product mix specific to qualifying applicants based on your organization's standards.
Topic: Osha's Temp Worker Initiative & Client Selection
Presented by: Tony Colucci and Lauren Gizzi
Highlights: OSHA’s temp worker initiative & client selection by Assurance Agency. Thorough client selection and evaluation is one of the most important ways that staffing companies can mitigate losses and ensure the safety of their temporary workers. It’s also been one of the major highlights of OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative. This webinar will cover what staffing companies should know about OSHA and how to evaluate new and existing clients.
Topic: Background Sceeening Do's and Dont's for Staffing Companies
Presented by: Scott Paler and Jeri Johansen of Crimcheck
Highlights: Nearly every staffing firm performs some form of background check on workers. In the past, few staffing firms incurred any real risk from performing background checks in the “wrong way.” However, times have changed. Over the past few years, employers (including staffing firms) have seen a new flurry of lawsuits and administrative actions related to their background screening practices. Settlements have routinely reached seven figures. Given the changing legal environment, all staffing firms are well advised to reconsider their background screening procedures and to adopt best practices designed to minimize legal risk.
· Why are staffing firms particularly vulnerable in this area?
· What background screening practices and procedures should staffing companies reconsider? Are there red flags to avoid?
· Can you really count on your EPLI policy if a background screening suit or administrative action arises?
· What “standard” client contract language regarding background checks deserves a second look?