New Overtime Regulation to Cause Headaches for Employers

Skoler, Abbott & Presser Partners with the Central Massachusetts Employers Association to Brief Employers on New Department of Labor Rule, Wednesday, June 8

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 the firm will lead a labor and employment law update seminar in conjunction with the Central Massachusetts Employers Association (CMEA), Wednesday, June 8 at the Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston. Skoler Abbott attorneys will discuss the impact of the change in the minimum salary threshold for exempt status and share strategies for compliance that may lessen the burden to businesses’ bottom line.

Recently the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued its highly-anticipated final rule regarding overtime exempt status for “white collar” workers. The DOL estimates that the final rule will impact more than 4.2 million workers.

Attorneys, Ralph Abbott, Jr.  and Kimberly Klimczuk will lead this morning-long seminar, which will include a briefing on the new overtime rule and other employment law topics. The seminar will conclude with a question and answer session with participation from audience attendees.

“The field of labor and employment law is constantly changing, whether it be the passage of new employment laws, the issuance of new regulations or court decisions that change how existing laws are interpreted,” said Attorney Klimczuk. “It is important for employers to stay on top of developments in labor and employment law.”

Attorney Ralph Abbott has over 40 years of experience in labor and employment law. He has spent his career representing management in labor relations and employment-related matters. In addition to providing employment-related advice to employers, he assists clients in remaining union-free and representing employers before the National Labor Relations Board. He also has extensive experience representing employers at arbitration hearings and before other state and federal agencies. He has served on the Labor Lawyers Advisory Committee of Council for a Union-Free Environment, an educational subsidiary of the National Association of Manufacturers since 1982 and was its chairman in 1991-1992. Attorney Abbott was also one of the founding members of the Worklaw® Network, a national organization of management labor and employment firms, and was the first chairman. Attorney Abbott resides in Wilbraham.

Kimberly Klimczuk, a resident of Springfield, joined Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. in 2004 and concentrates her practice on labor law and employment litigation. She became a partner with the firm in 2011. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania and received her Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law. Attorney Klimczuk’s experience includes negotiating collective bargaining agreements and advising on contract interpretation and successfully defending clients in state and federal court and before administrative agencies in a variety of areas of employment law, including wage/hour law, discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, and workers’ compensation claims. In addition, she has assisted employers in compliance matters involving the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and drafted numerous affirmative action plans for them.

This program will take place on Wednesday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston. For more information, visit