Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. to Present 2012 Record-Keeping Master Class for Massachusetts Employers

March 2, 2012

Program to Address Employment Records Retention, Retrieval, and Destruction

SPRINGFIELD/WORCESTER, MA – Some employers may not be concerned about the record-keeping management practices of their human resources (HR) departments, but they should. Proper management of employee records is one of HR’s most important tasks. From the moment an employer begins the process of filling an open position to well after that employee’s last day, a mountain of documents will be generated — and a mountain of questions about their management could follow.

As the following recent court cases demonstrate, fines and settlements can be costly when management is lax and the law is not followed:

• A Decatur, Illinois, restaurateur was ordered to pay $250,000 in a settlement after a Department of Labor investigation found violations in overtime laws, minimum wage, and record-keeping practices.
• A Texas chain of four gas stations paid their six hourly employees $30,000 in a settlement for record-keeping and overtime violations.
• A New Jersey convenience store paid $340,400 in back wages and damages for violations of overtime and record-keeping.

On Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Sheraton Commander Hotel at
16 Garden Street in Cambridge, MA, Timothy F. Murphy, Partner, and Jasmin M. Rojas, Associate, of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., will present the 2012 Record-keeping Master Class for Massachusetts Employers.

Designed specifically for HR professionals and employers, the one-day event will help make sure that organizational records-management practices comply with the latest laws, regulations, and standards.

Attendees will learn:
• Which documents should be kept, which documents should be destroyed, and why it matters
• What one must know about workplace investigations
• Who owns employees’ personnel records
• How to handle special document challenges
• How to store the information; special challenges relating to electronic data
• Record-keeping time requirements
• Proper methods of disposal, and much more

As an added bonus, there will be Record-keeping Roundtable where attendees will have an opportunity to discuss challenges and solutions for their toughest record-keeping issues.

The Master Class is designed to enhance attendees’ professional skill sets and help them protect their workplace from costly record-keeping missteps. In addition, taking the Master Class qualifies for continuing-education credits.

The conference 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 and registrants will be on their own for lunch. The seminar fee is $397 for the first attendee and $297 for each additional attendee.

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Tim Murphy’s career includes stints as General Counsel to an area labor union and as an Assistant District Attorney for the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office. His practice includes labor relations and employment litigation, as well as employment counseling. Tim is a frequent contributor to business and human resource publications, and is a contributing author to the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter.

Jasmin Rojas joined the firm in 2011. She graduated from the Western New England College School of Law in 2009, and received a B.A. in History from Bowdoin College in 1999. Prior to attending law school, Jasmin worked in the mental health field for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and served as an assistant director at a local mental health agency.