Local Law Firm To Participate In Compensation And Benefits Conference

Attorney John S. Gannon, of Springfield-based Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., to discuss impact of Fair Labor Standards Act on business during conference, July 22

 SPRINGFIELD, WORCESTER, Mass., WATERBURY, Conn. – Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., the leading labor and employment law firm serving employers in the greater Springfield area, today announced Attorney John S. Gannon will participate in the 2015 Employment Association of the NorthEast (EANE) Compensation and Benefits Conference. This one-day conference will take place Wednesday, July 22 at the Publick House in Sturbridge from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature the latest compliance issues and total rewards strategies from presenters. Attorney Gannon will be representing the firm at the event, and will review proposed Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations impacting pay exemptions in a session titled, “FLSA – Raising the Bar for Employee Exemption – How Will it Affect Your Organization?” from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m.

The Compensation and Benefits Conference brings together experts to share their knowledge and acumen in a day that combines plenary and breakout sessions with case studies, discussions and networking. This year’s event will focus on the challenges of attracting, retaining and engaging talent, which remain a constant for compensation and benefits professionals.

The FLSA prescribes standards for the basic minimum wage and overtime pay, which affects most private and public employment. It requires employers to pay covered employees who are not otherwise exempt at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in a workweek. The act is administered by the Employment Standards Administration’s Wage and Hour Division within the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL has just announced pending revisions to the governing regulations that would vastly increase the number of non-exempt workers in the American workforce, beginning in the spring of 2016.

“Complex government regulations are increasingly adding to the challenge of compliance and risk management in the workplace. This conference will provide attendees with the insight needed to meet these new and ongoing challenges,” said Attorney Gannon. “I am pleased to join in the discussion of appropriate solutions to problems that employers may face regarding FLSA. As Skoler, Abbott & Presser exclusively represents the interests of employers, we encourage all employers to learn how the Fair Labor Standards Act could affect their business.”

The conference will highlight:

  • Possible FLSA government regulations impacting pay exemptions
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations impacting health care benefits
  • How to prepare for DOL audits
  • Performance reviews… to do or not to do?
  • Why you need a pay design strategy.

The cost for to attend the conference is $285 per participant or $255 per participant for three or more. To register, visit eane.org.

John S. Gannon joined Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.’s Springfield office in 2011 after serving as a judicial clerk to The Honorable David M. Borden and George D. Stoughton at the Connecticut Appellate Court. He defends employers against discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, and related claims. In addition, he conducts comprehensive workforce wage and hour audits and reviews workplace policies for compliance with state and federal employment laws.  Attorney Gannon has also taught master classes in wage and hour law in Boston and Springfield on behalf of BLR®.

Prior to law school, Gannon had a career in advertising and marketing. He is a regular contributor to business publications and the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, and a frequent speaker on employment-related legal topics.