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    GMHRA Meeting & Educational Topic

    Date: October 14, 2016, 7:30am – 10:00am
    Heritage Family Credit Union
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    FLSA and Paid Sick Leave

    presented by Timothy E. Copeland, Jr., Esq.F. David Harlow, Esq of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

    Tim and David will explain recent and upcoming changes in state and federal law, focusing on changes to the regulations implementing the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Vermont’s recently passed paid sick leave law.  Using real world examples,  Tim and David will provide a general background for understanding the FLSA and how it applies to your workforce.  They will also identify risks of failing to comply with the FLSA and best practice tips for avoiding trouble.  Tim and David will also discuss compliance with Vermont’s recently passed paid sick leave law, including best practices for compliance.  This presentation is intended to be interactive and open to questions, so please come ready to participate.

    Biographies of the Presenters:

    A native Vermonter, David Harlow is a labor and employment litigator in DRM’s Brattleboro office.  Before joining DRM, David was an attorney at one of the largest labor and employment law firms in the country.  He has litigated cases on behalf of companies in a variety of industries, including finance, aerospace, retail and health care.  David has substantial experience defending employers from claims of discrimination and retaliation under federal and state civil rights statutes.  He also regularly defends employers before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor.  David has investigated and defended whistleblower claims arising under the Sarbanes Oxley Act, the Mine Safety and Health Act, and other federal and state laws. David also has substantial experience in ERISA benefits litigation. 

    David has been published and has spoken publicly on the topic of pre-employment background checks.  He has developed employee handbooks and policies for large corporations and small and medium-sized businesses.

    Tim Copeland focuses his practice exclusively on the representation of employers in all aspects of their relationships with employees:  from proactive management consulting, to complex labor negotiations, to resolving claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, unpaid wages and other employment disputes.  He has a nationwide traditional labor law practice representing Fortune 500 and other leading companies in industries including manufacturing, construction, utilities, health care, retail and other industries devising and executing labor relations strategies.  He has handled numerous organizing campaigns by unions including United Steelworkers of America, the Teamsters, the IAM and the IBEW, among others. He has litigated and handled numerous strikes across the United States.

    Tim regularly represents employers in state and federal courts, in administrative proceedings and in arbitrations, whether defending claims brought by employees or their representatives, or pursuing legal action to protect employers’ interests.  Readily accessible and responsive to his clients’ needs, Tim guides employers’ responses to pre-litigation complaints and provides counsel on sound H.R. and labor relations practices.