Salaried Means Exempt, Right? - Deciphering the Myths Surrounding Employee Classification

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  • CPA (US)
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Course Description

Course Description

Employment law in California can be steeped in myth among the general public, especially when it comes to how employees should be compensated for overtime. As a consequence, not everyone is fully aware of their right to earn overtime. Some may even believe incorrect myths about it to the extent that they are owed unpaid overtime compensation and aren’t even aware of it.

There are so many myths and misconceptions about overtime wages in California, and it is time to set the record straight with the help of this CPE course by Cynthia Flynn.

A high salary doesn’t automatically make an employee exempt in California, and neither does a fancy job title. California and federal rules on classifying an employee as exempt are complicated and often misunderstood. But this doesn’t change that an employee's status as either exempt or non-exempt is a critical issue for employers. One that employers must get right to avoid significant liability.

In this CPE webinar, we will review the general rules for classifying employees, both at the federal level as well as in California. In addition, we will provide an overview of certain requirements that apply specifically to exempt employees in California.

Classification mistakes are highly litigated and extremely costly for employers, because an incorrectly classified employee may be owed back-pay nightmare, interest, penalties for failing to pay all wages/overtime as well as payment of attorney fees in pursuing the claim.

In this practical CPE Business Law course, we will be discussing the details of exempt and non-exempt employees and how each classification may impact you and your organization in California State by covering the following major topics as per California state policy:

  • Employee Classification
  • Specific Exemptions
  • Timekeeping Practices
  • Recent Legal Updates
  • Top Five Mistakes Employers Make in Classifying Employees

Learning Objectives

  • To explore the terms, exempt, non-exempt, and salary basis.
  • To define the requirements under the FLSA regulations that are used to classify workers as exempt as per California state policy.
  • To explore each category of exempt employee and the job duties requirements that must be met as per California state rules.
  • To identify the requirements that must be met to properly pay an exempt employee on a salary basis as per California state law.

Recommended For

  • This online CPE webinar will serve as a sound basis to assist CPAs, CIAs, human resources, payroll, or finance professionals in determining how to properly classify an exempt employee and to understand the difference between exempt and non-exempt employees in California State.

Who Should Attend?

  • Business Owner
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Compliance Managers
  • Compliance Officers
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • CPA in Business
  • Entrepreneurial CPA
  • HR Professionals
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Payroll Compliance Practitioner
  • Young CPA

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 1 CPE Credit of Business Law for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 1 PDC Credit for SHRM Professionals (Approval No. 22-3U5KD)
  • 1 RCH Credit of HR (General) for Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) (Approval No. 583581)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)
  • 1 General Credit for Accountant/Bookeeper

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About Presenter

Cynthia Flynn

Managing Partner, Hackler Flynn & Associates

Cynthia Hackler Flynn is the founder and managing partner of Hackler Flynn & Associates, a Southern California based employment defense law firm. Since starting her practice, she has grown the firm to a team of 9, with each attorney having over a decade of experience. The law firm’s focus is employment law where their mission is to protect and defend entrepreneurs and business owners. Cynthia has been voted as a Super Lawyer every year since 2017 and for the last 3 years, has been named as a Pasadena Top Attorney. 

About Company

Hackler Flynn & Associates

We play a significant role in protecting and defending the backbone of our society - business owners.

Cynthia Hackler Flynn, Esq. is the founder and managing partner of Hackler Flynn & Associates, a boutique law firm in Greater Los Angeles that focuses on employment law, business litigation and corporate work. Our core focus is to help commercial businesses defend and protect against employment lawsuits.

What makes us unique:

As a woman-owned law firm, we are a certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) and Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB). We work around our clients’ busy schedules and make it as convenient as possible for you to meet with us, either through virtual meetings, conference calls or in-person meetings. Our attorneys offer clear guidance that fully prepares you for all possible outcomes, while also addressing your expectations. In addition to addressing the issues at hand, we also provide a global or long-term perspective that helps you prepare for any changes your businesses might encounter.

In addition to providing expertise in these areas of law, we pride ourselves at being a resource for many of clients’ professional service needs (i.e. CPAs, wealth advisors, bankers, attorneys in other fields, insurance, etc.) through our professional memberships.

Our goal at Hackler Flynn & Associates is to help you thrive in business with the confidence of knowing that we are looking out for you. Our seven attorneys are always ready to take your calls, as we believe personal attention to our clients’ needs is one of the things that truly set us up apart from other law firms serving Southern California.


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Ratings and Review


417 Ratings



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David Williams, Others

Feb 3rd, 2022

Cynthia has a wealth of knowledge and is so great at helping one understand the issue at hand. Please thank her for sharing her knowledge with us and just another fantastic webinar and learning opportunity. Thank you!


Jim Acebedo, SHRM

Apr 25th, 2022

enjoyed the material. I don't work in CA, but CA has some of the most stringent HR laws and requirements. Always good to hear requirements tat are tighter than what your state requires.


Daniela Tesio, PHR

Apr 25th, 2022

This is the second webinar I have attended with Cynthia....she is great and super knowledgeable and engaging - I'm looking forward to the next one...


Dawn Smith, PHR

Apr 25th, 2022

This was a great refresher for a project I was currently working on! Relevant content and cleanly put toghether


Ronald Zehnder, CPA (US)

Jun 23rd, 2022

she is VERY knowledgeable, and is a very good presenter. enjoyed it and learned some stuff as well. thanks.

employee classification CPE Course


1 Credit

Subject Area

Business Law

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