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Chris McCarty Panelist on Knoxville Chamber’s Workshop on New Overtime Rule

Knoxville Chamber to Host Workshop on New Overtime Rule

Local experts in employment law and human resources will discuss the U.S. Department of Labor’s new rule that significantly raises the minimum salary for employees to be exempt from overtime pay at a June workshop at the Knoxville Chamber.

Knoxville attorneys Melissa Carrasco and Chris McCarty will be joined by human resources director Catherine Barnes in a panel discussion from 8-9 a.m. Thursday, June 30. Audience members will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

Federal officials estimate that 4.2 million workers who earn less than the new salary level of $913 per week will – without some action by their employers – become entitled to overtime pay when the rule takes effect Dec. 1.

The rule, an update to the Fair Labor Standards Act, covers the vast majority of employers – private, nonprofit, and government – with few exceptions.

The event is free, but registration is requested at http://www.knoxvillechamber.com/events-calendar.

More about the panelists:

Catherine Barnes is human resource director of Shafer HR Solutions/Shafer Insurance Agency. She specializes in law and regulations governing businesses in regard to human resources and regulatory compliance. She is also president-elect of the Tennessee Valley Human Resource Association.

Melissa Carrasco is a shareholder at Knoxville law firm Egerton McAfee where she practices primarily in the following areas:  labor and employment law and litigation; federal and state regulatory compliance; and immigration law.

Chris McCarty is a shareholder in the Knoxville office of Lewis Thomason. He practices in the areas of employment law, education law, and civil litigation. His articles on those topics have been published in HR Magazine, the Tennessee Bar Journal, and the Greater Knoxville Business Journal.

The Knoxville Chamber is a 2,300-member organization with the mission of driving regional economic prosperity. It also serves as the administrator for Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley Inc., a private-public coalition of eight partner agencies that collaborate strategically on regional business recruitment and industrial development.