In episode 77, Coffey talks with Patrick Richter about paying your employees fairly and legally.

They discuss significant changes in employment in the past three years; common mistakes employers make when it comes to exempt vs. non-exempt employees; the Hewitt v. Helix Fair Labor Standards Act case and other overtime pay regulations; the impact of non-delegation cases and challenges to the Chevron doctrine; likely changes to the independent contractor test; the potential penalties if an employer loses an FLSA case; and the importance of staying abreast of regulatory and legal decisions impacting how employees are classified and paid.

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Patrick Richter

Patrick Richter

Patrick Richter is a partner at the Austin law firm Rigby Slack. He is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Labor & Employment Law, and he represents employers nationally in all types of employment disputes, including class and collective actions.

He has handled litigation before local, state, and federal administrative agencies and courts. His counseling and litigation experience includes matters concerning Title VII; the Texas Labor Code; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Family and Medical Leave Act; Fair Labor Standards Act; Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act; and the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Patrick also has considerable experience with matters before the National Labor Relations Board and in assisting clients with union avoidance.

He has significant litigation experience involving federal and state employment and labor statutes, intellectual property and trade secrets, covenants not to compete, stock option agreements, employment contracts, and wrongful discharge claims.


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