In this episode of the HR Mixtape podcast, host Shari Simpson interviews Kelly Bunting, an experienced lawyer, to discuss proactive measures employers can take to prevent wage and hour litigation. Kelly emphasizes the importance of conducting audits to ensure compliance and suggests interviewing employees to create accurate job descriptions. She also highlights the need to understand both federal and state laws regarding wage and hour regulations.
- Conducting regular audits can help employers identify and address potential wage and hour issues.
- Understanding the duties and responsibilities of each job position is crucial for accurate classification of employees.
- Staying informed about changes in legislation and laws regarding independent contractors is essential to avoid misclassification claims.
Tune in for valuable insights and practical advice for HR professionals looking to navigate wage and hour regulations effectively.
Kelly Bunting, Co-Chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice's Workplace Compliance & Counseling Group, has considerable experience defending class and collective wage and hour litigation and misclassification claims, having defended employers in Title III ADA access litigation and litigation alleging race, sex, pregnancy, age, disability discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. She is deeply experienced in virtually all aspects of employment litigation, including wage and hour, labor, Title VII, harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, non-competition and non-solicitation, trade secrets, SOX and Dodd Frank whistleblower claims, CEPA, ADEA, FMLA, NJLAD, and failure to accommodate issues. She has identified and managed employment issues in M&A deals and appeared before the EEOC, NLRB, and DOL in many states, as well as state agencies in DE, NY, NJ and PA. Kelly has represented many clients in mediation and settlement negotiations, and created HR and compliance training modules. She is regularly sought after as a workforce trainer for issues related to harassment and discrimination, FCPA compliance, good management techniques, and union awareness.