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Wage Wars: The Proliferation and Changing Landscape of Wage Laws

(238 reviews)

Produced on December 07, 2016

$ 89 Business, Corporate, & Securities, Litigation, and Labor & Employment In Stock

Course Information

Time 90 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

During the last few years, the landscape of wage laws and regulations at the federal, state and local levels of government have undergone and continue to undergo significant changes. This spans from aggressive enforcement efforts by federal and state agencies, including the Department of Labor, to important changes to wage regulations and municipalities joining the fray by enacting new wage ordinances. In recent months the cities of Philadelphia, St. Petersburg and Cincinnati have joined the ranks of large metropolitan areas with so-called wage theft ordinances. The overlay of federal, state and local wage laws and regulations has created a minefield of issues for employers and resulted in a spike in wage litigation across the country.

This program focuses on recent trends and changes to wage laws and discuss potential solutions for dealing with the changing landscape of wage laws. The presenters, Lori Armstrong Halber and Gregory D. Hanscom are both from Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment firm, and members of the firm’s wage and hour practice group with significant experience counseling clients on and litigating cases involving federal, state and local wage laws. The program untangles the complex web of wage laws and presents this information in a practical and user-friendly format.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Discuss and explain recent trends and changes to wage laws at the federal, state and local levels of government
  2. Provide practical guidance on how to comply with the changing landscape of wage laws
  3. Provide real world solutions to avoiding and reducing the risk of being involved in wage litigation


Lori is an experienced labor and employment lawyer and a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia and Princeton offices. A seasoned and dynamic litigator with a strong background in traditional labor, Lori also has an Executive MBA, giving her unique insight into the interplay between the legal and business issues employers face. Lori’s philosophy is that proactively helping employers be the best they can be not only limits potential legal risks but also results in an engaged workforce, which in turn leads to greater profitability and success for the employer.

As one of the lead attorneys in the PCC Structurals case (365 NLRB No. 160, 2017), Lori helped to favorably change labor law on behalf of employers by convincing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to overturn Specialty Healthcare (357 NLRB No. 83, 2011), which had made it easier for unions to organize small groups of employees (micro units). Lori regularly represents employers before the NLRB, defends clients in grievance arbitrations, and provides labor relations counselling (including formulating comprehensive and strategic union avoidance tactics).

Lori also has extensive experience defending employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies in matters involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), with particular class and collective action experience.

A frequent author and speaker, Lori regularly provides preventive counselling and training for executives, supervisors and employees on topics such as harassment prevention, the respectful workplace, effective communication and leadership, performance management, diversity and inclusion, and union avoidance. Clients describe her highly interactive training as engaging, entertaining and informative.

Lori also serves as an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law where she teaches Employment Discrimination Law and as a mediator in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program.

Gregory D. Hanscom

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Greg Hanscom is an associate in the Philadelphia office with a practice devoted to representing employers in a wide array of litigation and non-litigation matters. Greg’s litigation practice focuses, in part, on discrimination claims brought under various federal, state and local statutes including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, and the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance.

Greg regularly appears in both federal and state courts and before various administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

Greg also represents employers in class action wage and hour disputes, as well as claims brought by individual plaintiffs. Through this practice, Greg has developed an in-depth knowledge of statutes touching upon wage and hour issues including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law.

In addition to his litigation practice, Greg, as a member of the firm’s Government Solutions Practice Group. He advises and counsels employers on legislative and regulatory trends at all levels of government. Utilizing the real world experience he gained working on Capitol Hill, Greg assists employers with understanding and untangling the complicated and ever-changing web of federal, state and local labor and employment laws. Greg is also a regular contributor to the firm’sGovernment Solutions Blog.

Greg’s non-litigation practice also requires him to regularly advise employers on drafting and implementing complex and legally compliant workplace policies and procedures.

Greg has been selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Stars since 2013.


Sheryl K.

One of best programs I have heard. Very practical and informative.

Megan A.

Good course

ethan l.

Great overview. Great interplay between presenters. Well run, smooth presentation.

monique m.

Very informative and well presented

Jeffrey B.


Andrea G.

Clear and concise presentation.

Fatima S.

Very informative CLE.

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