Skoler, Abbott & Presser Experts to Offer 2012 Wage and Hour Master Class

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) prescribes standards for the basic minimum wage and overtime pay, which affects most private and public employment. The Department of Labor (DOL) estimates that 70 percent of employers are not in compliance with the FLSA. From a new employee-friendly timekeeping app to the Wage and Hour Division’s collaboration with the American Bar Association to establish a sue-your-employer system called “Bridge to Justice,” employers have reasons to worry ― even if their intentions are good. Now there’s help for the FLSA-frustrated: Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.’s new 2012 Wage and Hour Master Class: The Advanced Interactive Workshop for Massachusetts Employers.

The one-day seminar will take place on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the Sheraton Commander Hotel at 16 Garden Street in Cambridge, MA. Kimberly A. Klimczuk, Esq. and John S. Gannon, Esq., attorneys with Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., will present the seminar.

The all-new program will help employers and Human Resource managers handle employees’ questions with even greater confidence, enhance their advanced practitioner skill set, and master FLSA administration in just one day. The program will also address additional obligations employers have under the Massachusetts Wage Act. Master Classes qualify for continuing education credits, and satisfaction is guaranteed.

Attendees will learn the very latest compliance tactics and:
• Why FLSA is the most dangerous statute for employers
• Who is covered by the main exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act
• Which workplace activities are and which are not compensable in light of recent court decisions
• How to handle bonuses, commissions, and tips
• Overtime avoidance techniques that work — and those that backfire
• Why FLSA retaliation lawsuits are exploding, and what one can do to steer clear of them, and much more
The day will begin with a continental breakfast and registration at 7:30 a.m. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. There will be morning and afternoon breaks; registrants will be on their own for lunch.

The seminar fee is $397 for the first attendee and $297 per additional attendee from the same organization. To register, please go to

Kimberly A. Klimczuk concentrates her practice on labor law and employment litigation. She joined the firm in 2004, following graduation from Duke University School of Law. She received a B.A. in Mathematics and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a paralegal in a labor and employment law firm in Philadelphia, PA. She has experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements and advising on contract interpretation and has successfully defended 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. She has also assisted employers in compliance matters involving the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and has drafted numerous affirmative action plans for them.

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. Prior to law school, John 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.