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PMBA Toolkit - The New Face of the Fair Labor Standards Act in 2017

The New Face of the Fair Labor Standards Act in 2017: Are You in Compliance?
Wednesday, November 9, 2016  |  1:00 - 2:00pm ET
PMBA Toolkits are a FREE Member Benefit. The cost for non-members is $99.


This Toolkit will provide professionals with strategies for preventing and responding to wage and hour claims and litigation, including how to reduce risk by identifying work-related practices and policies targeted by employees and their attorneys, and how to conduct an effective audit. The presentation will also discuss proposed changes to the White Collar exemptions by the Department of Labor (DOL) expected in 2016-17 and how to prepare for those changes. Ethical issues and dilemmas in litigating and settling wage/hour cases will also be addressed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn strategies for preventing and responding to wage and hour claims and litigation and how to conduct an effective audit 

  • Provide an overview of the proposed changes by the Department of Labor and how to prepare for those changes

  • Gain an understanding of ethical issues and dilemmas to consider when litigating and settling wage and hour class and collective actions 

After participating in this workshop, participants will be able to: ensure current compliance with federal and state laws and regulations; evaluate effectiveness and needs of current policies and practices; and update areas in need of compliance, enhance techniques and tools for positive employee relations, and develop manger and supervisor training to further compliance effectiveness. Q&A will follow these discussion points and is included in the 60 minutes. 

This Toolkit qualifies for 1.0 CPE credits.


About the Presenter


Kristina Vaquera, J.D.

Jackson Lewis P. C.


Kristina H. Vaquera is a Principal in the Norfolk, Virginia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses exclusively on labor and employment counseling and litigation.
Ms. Vaquera represents employers in federal and state court lawsuits and agency investigations and charges covering a wide range of statutes and subjects, including anti-discrimination and civil rights laws, wrongful termination claims, wage and hour laws, covenants not to compete, leave of absence claims, negligent hire/retention, and breaches of fiduciary duty and contract. Ms. Vaquera has litigated class and collective actions, including FLSA, FCRA, and discrimination class actions. She also represents clients in mediation and arbitration before various national and state entities.
As part of Ms. Vaquera’s counseling practice, she provides daily counseling and training to management to help employers avoid litigation. She assists clients with employment agreements, handbooks, background checks and drug testing issues, and disciplinary action. She represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor, and numerous state agencies, such as the Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Virginia Department of Housing Discrimination, and Virginia Worker’s Compensation Commission.
Ms. Vaquera speaks extensively on various employment topics, including to the Society of Human Resource Managers, Virginia State Bar Labor and Employment Section, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Virginia Employment Commission, International Professional Managers Association, Virginia Government Contract Attorneys Association, PINK! Women Business Owners Conference, Public Media Business Association, the American Council of Engineering Companies, and the Retail Association of Hampton Roads. She lives in Hampton Roads with her family.