Mercer Releases FLSA Compliance Tool

September 8, 2004 ( - Mercer Human Resource Consulting has given plan sponsors another tool to achieve compliance with the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) "white-collar" regulations.

Mercer’s FLSA Assessment Toolkit helps employers determine employee exempt/nonexempt status so companies can shift their focus on other areas of compliance.   T he kit consists of eight items to help conduct the assessment and minimize an organization’s related risk:

  • Overview of Key Changes – anoverview of the final regulations explains how the requirements have changed and highlights the compliance and business effects of the new rules.
  • Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ) –this form is used to gather the detailed job content information needed to determine an employee’s exempt/nonexempt status.
  • Instructions for the JCQ –are designed to ensure that everyone completing the JCQs provides sufficient detailed information and examples to permit accurate assessment of job content.
  • General Guidelines for Assessing JCQs – provides a methodology for reviewing JCQs to determine which FLSA exemptions might apply.
  • Manager Training: Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ) Process –the training presentation for the managers who will oversee the completion of JCQs will help them understand the importance of the assessment, their critical roles, and the process for completing and reviewing the forms.
  • Leadership Team Briefing: The Final FLSA ‘White Collar’ Regulations –this presentation for briefing senior executives makes the “business case” for the FLSA assessment, explaining the risks of noncompliance and the overall value of the initiative. It can be used to gain their support for the effort.
  • Assessment Team Training: The Final FLSA ‘White Collar’ Regulations – atraining presentation for the employees who will conduct the assessment.
  • Detailed guidelines on how to determine whether an employee qualifies for exempt status under the FLSA final regulations.

The tool is intended to help employers obtain information about the new rule, which took effect on August 23, 2004 (See  Reminder for Plan Sponsors: FLSA Amendments Go Into Effect August 23 ).    The toolkit is available  here .