Beyond 40 Hours: Federal and State Wage and Hour Update – D10

The Workplace Track
Labor and Employment Law Section

Session D: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

About the Program
This seminar will discuss recent federal and Connecticut wage and hour laws including discussions regarding “on-call” and telecommuting and the impact on employers and employment practices, with perspectives from both the plaintiff and defense bar and the Connecticut Department of Labor. 

You Will Learn

    • Recent developments in federal and Connecticut law concerning exempt and non-exempt classifications 
    • Employer practices impacted and controlling non-exempt work hours
    • How employees and employers litigate these issues and prove damages   


Meredith G. DietteBerchem Moses PC, Milford 

Meredith Diette recently joined Berchem Moses PC as a Partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department. She advises private, non-profit and municipal clients on laws governing the employment relationship, and assists clients during collective bargaining and binding arbitration proceedings. Attorney Diette represents employers in negotiations, hearings and trials before the National Labor Relations Board, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state and federal courts. She also has extensive experience in conducting workplace investigations including allegations of employee misconduct, violations of workplace policies, and discrimination and/or harassment complaints. Prior to joining the firm, she was a Shareholder at Siegel, O’Connor, O’Donnell & Beck, P.C. in Hartford and New London, Connecticut.

Attorney Diette is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the New London Bar Association, and is on the Board of Directors for the Human Resource Leadership Association (HRLA) of Eastern Connecticut. She is a member and trustee of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and past president of the Rotary Club of New London. Attorney Diette is a regular lecturer on topics including employee handbooks, hiring practices, sexual harassment in the workplace, wage and hour law compliance, and other employment law issues. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and Boston College Law School. She resides with her husband and sons in Gales Ferry, Connecticut.

Richard E. HayberThe Hayber Law Firm LLC, Hartford 

Attorney Richard E. Hayber founded his law firm because of his strong beliefs in protecting the legal rights of hard-working employees. Employers have more bargaining leverage than employees and very often they take advantage of it.  He believes it is important that employers be held responsible to pay full compensation when they violate employment laws so that other employers are encouraged to comply. 

Attorney Hayber has been fighting for employees for decades with claims for unemployment benefits, claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, and unpaid wages. Attorney Hayber has been bringing lawsuits, including class action lawsuits in the state and federal courts in Connecticut and Massachusetts as well as other states around the country.  He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and so has connections around the country if litigation outside of the northeast is necessary.

Attorney Hayber’s practice started with individual lawsuits, his wage and hour practice has grown significantly over the years.  In fact, the majority of the reported opinions in Connecticut state and federal courts in this area come from cases handled by Attorney Hayber. These cases include class and collective actions for unpaid overtime and minimum wages on behalf of employees from all over the country.

Over the past several years, Attorney Hayber has obtained tens of millions of dollars in unpaid wages for employees from major corporations in cases involving automobile damages appraisers, restaurant workers, retail assistant managers, retail store managers, insurance company employees and misclassified delivery drivers. His work has forced many companies to change their pay practices and pay workers fair wages for their work.


CLE Credit: 2.0 Hours (CT: 2.0 General; NY: 2.0 AOP)