Check out Crowe & Dunlevy at the 2016 OKHR State Conference!

Crowe&DunlevyYour HR goals are attainable, and the guidance you’ll receive from Crowe & Dunlevy attorneys at the 2016 Oklahoma Human Resources State Conference and Expo will help you get there.

Be alert—wage changes are expected

Changes related to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime requirements have sparked a lot of conversation. In 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) intends to increase minimum compensation levels and double the minimum salary threshold. The DOL estimates 6.3 million white collar workers are currently being underpaid, and with the new regulations, will be receiving additional compensation per week.

Be proactive—determine how these changes may impact your organization. Identify which exemptions might apply to certain employees, and start budgeting for the potential modified salary requirements for exempt status. Fear not, Madalene A.B. Witterholt covers upcoming changes to the wage and hour law in her presentation Wednesday, April 27 at 8:30 a.m.

Laws are evolving—update your policies and procedures

Review your handbook and benefit plans to ensure all employees are afforded the same rights as others. Are your pregnancy policies inclusive? Do transgender employees have safe and adequate access to employee restrooms? Policies that impose a significant burden on employees leave you open to liability. Minimize your organization’s risk by adhering to policies and procedures required by federal law.

Leonard Court’s presentation will outline recent updates in sexual harassment and gender discrimination Tuesday, April 26 at 2:50 p.m. Learn effective tips and tricks to tighten up your personnel and human resources techniques during Randall J. Snapp’s presentation Wednesday, April 27 at 10 a.m.

Document, document, document

We can’t say it enough. Investigating and documenting are crucial in the human resources industry. Professionals should know the proper method to investigate employee complaints. A prompt and thorough investigation is objective and fact-based…and well documented!

Inconsistent application of policies and hurried investigations can lead to a lawsuit. Adam W. Childers’ summarizes lessons learned from an examination of a retaliatory discharge—helping keep your organization out of court. Check out his presentation Wednesday, April 27 at 4:15 p.m.

The findings from your investigation will come in handy during a deposition. Listen to the question, tell the truth and keep your answers short—among other things. Learn the nuts and bolts of the deposition process during Michael R. Pacewicz’s presentation Tuesday, April 26 at 4 p.m.

We invite you to learn the dos and don’ts during one of our many sessions. Bring your questions to the interactive Q&A session Thursday, April 28 at 10 a.m., or tweet @crowe_dunlevy anytime during the conference. See you at OKHR 2016!

Madalene A.B. Witterholt

Madalene A.B. Witterholt

Director at Crowe&Dunlevy
Madalene Witterholt serves as a director for Crowe & Dunlevy. Deciding to practice the law where she learned it, this distinguished alum from the University of Tulsa (B.A. ‘80; J.D. ‘83) serves in the corporation’s Tulsa office, specializing in labor and employment, litigation and trial and workers’ compensation law. Before working for Crowe & Dunlevy, Witterholt worked as a law clerk to the Honorable James O. Ellison, judge of the U.S. District Court, Northern District.
Witterholt puts her specialized knowledge to use outside of practice, co-authoring a published work in The Oklahoma Bar Journal on disability, and having published works on the ADA, FMLA and workers' compensation. She is a frequent speaker at many civic groups on all areas of employment law including traditional Title VII, best practices, I-9 compliance, Department of Labor issues and workers’ compensation. She is also a member of the American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section) and served as chairperson for the Oklahoma Bar Association under the same category in 1996.
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About Madalene A.B. Witterholt

Madalene Witterholt serves as a director for Crowe & Dunlevy. Deciding to practice the law where she learned it, this distinguished alum from the University of Tulsa (B.A. ‘80; J.D. ‘83) serves in the corporation’s Tulsa office, specializing in labor and employment, litigation and trial and workers’ compensation law. Before working for Crowe & Dunlevy, Witterholt worked as a law clerk to the Honorable James O. Ellison, judge of the U.S. District Court, Northern District. Witterholt puts her specialized knowledge to use outside of practice, co-authoring a published work in The Oklahoma Bar Journal on disability, and having published works on the ADA, FMLA and workers' compensation. She is a frequent speaker at many civic groups on all areas of employment law including traditional Title VII, best practices, I-9 compliance, Department of Labor issues and workers’ compensation. She is also a member of the American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section) and served as chairperson for the Oklahoma Bar Association under the same category in 1996.

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