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Wage and Hour Compliance: Avoiding Common Mistakes and Updates in the Law
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 Export to Your Calendar 12/11/2019
When: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
From 7:30 until 9:30 am
Where: The Plaza Club
900 Fort Street Mall
20th Floor
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813
United States
Contact: Karen Smith

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Meet the Regional Director and Hawaii Based USDOL Investigators to get practical tips on Federal wage and hour compliance.  Director Terry Trotter and Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist Herbert Lee will cover the most common wage and hour mistakes that the department encounters and present information on the compliance standards and ways to avoid these mistakes. 

The speakers will discuss the upcoming changes to the USDOL regulations regarding the increase in the salary requirements for overtime exemptions under federal law.   This timely information will allow members to gain valuable knowledge and get into compliance in prior to the change in the law which goes into effect January 1st.


HR Professional Attendees will . . .

  • Identify common mistakes cited by USDOL Wage and Hour Division investigators
  • Prepare for the upcoming changes in the overtime exemption rules effective January 1, 2020
  • Gain practical tips for wage and hour compliance
  • Understand the employer’s obligations for legal compliance


Terence “Terry” Trotter is the Wage & Hour Division’s Director for the Hawaii District Office, which includes the State of Hawaii, as well as American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. Mr. Trotter is responsible for the Compliance Assistance and Enforcement Program within his jurisdiction relating to the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, H-2A Visa Program, Family and Medical Leave Act and various other Statutes.

Mr. Trotter began his Investigator career with the Wage & Hour Division in 1985 at the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania District Office. In 1993, Terry was transferred to the Guam Field Office where he was predominantly engaged in enforcement activities relating to the construction and garment industries. In 2002, Mr. Trotter was assigned to the Hawaii Area Office as the Assistant District Director. In 2010, the Hawaii Area Office became the Hawaii District Office. Subsequently, Mr. Trotter became its District Director.

Mr. Trotter has worked with various employer and employee organizations, including the Hawaii Employer’s Council, National Contract Management Association, Hawaii State Department of Agriculture, County of Maui’s Office of Economic Development, Hawaii Coffee Association, Kona Coffee Council, Society for Human Resource Management and other associations and government officials to address compliance issues and provide educational assistance.

Mr. Trotter is a graduate of La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a BS in Business Management.

Herbert Lee joined the U.S. Department of Labor as a Wage Hour Investigator in September 2009, conducting compliance under many federal regulations such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Davis Bacon Act, Service Contract Act, Migrant and Seasonal Workers Protection Act, Break Time for Nursing Mothers and the Family Medical Leave Act.  He has provided compliance assistance to many community organizations in Hawaii and has worked with various Federal and State agencies and non-governmental agencies regarding wage issues. In 2012, Herbert Lee was recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor for his participation of ensuring compliance in Hawaii’s well-renowned Kona Coffee industry. In 2013, Herbert was promoted as the Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist, a new position at the Honolulu District Office, offering compliance information and education to various advocacy and community groups as well as to business associations and employers. Herbert has served on various programs such as the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) that strive to expand community access to federal services and resources.

After graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Herbert began working at the Hawaii State Legislature. After the Hawaii Legislative Session, he was selected for a prestigious Congressional Internship in Washington D.C. working for the former U.S. House of Representative Patsy Mink. After his internship, Herbert returned back to Honolulu and was hired by the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations as an Unemployment claims-taker. Eventually, he became a Supervisor of three operating units at the Unemployment Insurance Division in Honolulu. During his tenure with the State of Hawaii, he became a Labor Law Specialist for the Wage Standards Division enforcing the Hawaii Wage Laws. He accrued over 18 years of state service before joining the U.S. Department of Labor to begin his career in federal service.


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