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June Chapter Mtg: Wage & Hour Update
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SEPA SHRM holds monthly breakfast meetings featuring keynote speakers covering timely topics related to Human Resources.

When: 8:00 - 10:30 AM
Where: American Heritage Federal Credit Union - Community Room
2068 Red Lion Road
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19115
United States
Presenter: Michael Torchia, Esq. (Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC)
Contact: Vikki Dycus

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  • 8:00 Breakfast and Networking
  • 8:30 Business Meeting, Introductions and "Hot Topics"
  • 9:00 Featured Speaker
  • 10:15 Professional Networking


"Wage and Hour Update"

What a year for wage and hour issues!  Companies of all sizes have struggled to keep up with the many changes in the employment law field, including a significant shift to pro-employee measures in 2016, and now a seemingly shift back.  It has always been a struggle for HR professionals to figure out how employees should be paid, navigating through the often confusing issues of independent contractor versus employee, exempt versus non-exempt, and how and when overtime is paid.

It is common for management to "put their head in the sand" and ignore these issues.  It's understandable, since they are difficult, time consuming and expensive.  Being wrong can be extremely costly given the significant remedies afforded by law.  Wage and hour problems, however, can largely be avoided with careful planning, and educating the business leaders about the risks of non-compliance.

At this program, we will:

  • Review the most important wage and hour statutes including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Law, and the Wage Payment and Collection Law.
  • Discuss the differences between the statutes and the unique issues facing Pennsylvania businesses.
  • Present the most recent changes in wage and hour laws, including the status of the salary basis test that is currently mired in the courts.
  • Discuss to what extent wage and hour claims can be released by employees, and the risks employers face with litigation.
  • Provide practical tips to avoid liability related to wage and hour claims.


Mr. Torchia is a managing member of the 25 attorney firm Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia in Huntingdon Valley.  He has practiced employment law for 26 years.  He routinely and successfully represents local, regional, national, and international businesses of all sizes in state and federal courts throughout the country on a variety of litigation matters.  He has been the attorney in several important employment law decisions in the state, including a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision.

Mike has an extensive "workplace investigations" practice, hired by other attorneys to conduct sexual harassment and discrimination investigations and to testify about his findings, and serves as an expert witness in workplace investigations.

Mike speaks extensively on employment law topics and emerging legal issues.  He works with human resources professionals to accurately provide preventative strategies and practical advice


  • HRCI: 1 General Credit
  • SHRM: 1 Professional Development Credit