The Nuts and Bolts of Wage and Hour Law (HR Fundamentals)

Ernst, Kawai


Speakers:  Joseph A. Ernst, Esq., Kendra K. Kawai, Esq.


Date:  June 22, 2017     Time:  8:30am - 11:30am     Location:  Hawaii Employers Council



Do your company’s pay practices conform to the requirements of wage and hour law?  Want to learn more about how to avoid common pitfalls that challenge employers?  HEC is pleased to welcome Joe Ernst and Kendra Kawai with Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris for a morning program covering topics including:
  • Exempt Employees v. Non-Exempt Employees:  How do you determine whether a position is properly classified as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act?  Our speakers will discuss the white-collar exemption tests and provide a brief update on how the Trump Administration might handle enforcement of new salary test regulations promulgated during the Obama Administration.


  • Compensable Time for Non-Exempt Employees:  Learn when and how non-exempt employees must be compensated for travel, training, changing clothes, meal, rest and nursing mother breaks, on-call or standby time, etc.  Information on FLSA timekeeping and rounding practices will also be shared.


  • Calculating Regular Rates of Pay and Overtime Pay:  Learn how to calculate the regular rate of pay for overtime purposes in varying circumstances, including where non-exempt employees are paid a salary, work at two or more different rates, or receive premium pay, night differentials, hazard pay, bonuses, commissions, gifts, awards, or other payments.
About our Speakers
Joseph A. Ernst, Esq. is a director of the firm’s employment law department.  His practice involves counseling and defending employers in all aspects of employment law, including defense of wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, and retaliation claims.  He also assists clients with employer compliance with state and federal employment and labor laws.
Kendra K. Kawai, Esq. is a director in the labor and employment department of the firm.  She has extensive trial experience and regularly defends small and large employers in discrimination, harassment and disability cases at the administrative, state and federal levels.  She also provides employers with guidance on wage and hour compliance issues and evaluates and updates employee handbooks.
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HR Fundamentals - The Building Blocks of Success
The 2017 series is made up of six programs designed as an ideal skill-building tool for entry to mid-level HR practitioners, HR generalists being groomed to assume additional HR responsibilities, and operational managers with HR responsibilities.  
Future programs in this Series include:
  • May 18 - Current Legal and Regulatory Landscape in Workplace Law:  Equal Employment Opportunity, Privacy and More
  • May 25 - Understanding and Managing Family Leave
  • June 8 - Effective Performance Discipline and Documentation
For information on registration, contact Victoria Tasaka at or phone at 440-8888 (neighbor islands may call 1-800-392-3589).
Cost per participant, per session:
$  80 - Oahu Members
$  40 - Neighbor Island Members (no additional discount will apply)
$150 - Non-Members
Receive a 20% discount by registering for the entire Series (total of 6 sessions; discount taken from the total payment), or you may register for any individual program.
This program is waitlist only.

No online registration available for this event