Join the Greater Baltimore Committee for a discussion November 21 about the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employment law expert Harriet E. Cooperman, Partner at Saul Ewing, will help business leaders understand the act and what it means for them before it takes effect December 1.
When: Monday, November 21, 2016; 8 a.m.
Where: Greater Baltimore Committee, 111 S. Calvert St., Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202
About Harriet E. Cooperman
Harriet E. Cooperman, Partner at Saul Ewing LLP, focuses her practice on representing management in labor and employment law matters. Her clients include domestic and international public and private entities across industries, including manufacturing, financial services, professional services, healthcare, entertainment, governmental entities and nonprofits.
Cooperman has litigated labor and employment cases before courts and administrative agencies around the United States, covering issues such as non-competition and trade secrets, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour and wage payment and employment torts. In 2007, she was an expert witness on Maryland restrictive covenant law before the High Court of Justice in London. Her opinions and analysis were cited by the judge as being critical to his decision.
She is Vice Chair of the Maryland State Higher Education Labor Relations Board and has been a member of the board since its inception in 2001. She originally was appointed to the Board by Governor Parris Glendening and reappointed to successive terms by Governors Robert Ehrlich and Martin O’Malley. Cooperman has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, frequently speaks on various labor and employment topics and has presented at programs sponsored by the National Labor Relations Board, National Academy of Arbitrators, American Bar Association and other professional and scholarly programs. She also has written extensively on such matters.
About the Fair Labor Standards Act
In 2014, President Obama directed the Department of Labor to update and modernize the regulations governing the exemption of executive, administrative and professional (EAP) employees from the minimum wage and overtime pay protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Although the FLSA ensures minimum wage and overtime pay protections for most employees covered by the act, some workers, including bona fide EAP employees, are exempt from those protections.
The final rule updates the salary level required for exemption to ensure the FLSA’s intended overtime protections are fully implemented and to simplify the identification of overtime-protected employees, making the EAP exemption easier for employers and workers to understand and apply. Without intervening action by their employers, it extends the right to overtime pay to an estimated 4.2 million workers who are currently exempt. It also strengthens existing overtime protections for 5.7 million additional white collar salaried workers and 3.2 million salaried blue collar workers whose entitlement to overtime pay will no longer rely on the application of the duties test.