Effective December 1, 2016, the Department of Labor's updated rules under the FLSA will substantially change who can be "exempt" from overtime pay. The new rules basically double the current minimum pay for exempt employees and are estimated to add over $12 billion in new overtime costs to US businesses' payrolls over the first three years.
Ricardo Torres spent 24 years as a senior union official for the Teamsters and the United Steelworkers Association on the national level. During his time with the Teamsters, Ricardo has lobbied with both Houses in Washington D.C. with the AFL-CIO, worked with joint council's legistlative departments throughout the country, and worked with union outreach programs in the UK and Latin American countries within Central America and South America to help promote labor law change in economically struggling countries. He was a strike and corporate campaign coordinator.
During his career within the unions, Ricardo worked on more than 1,000 campaigns nationally.
Today, Ricardo is working with management to help them maintain their union-free status through his company, Permanent Solutions Labor Consultants. Under Mr. Torres' leadership, PSLC works to provide an "Inside Edge" in maintaining a union-free work environment through his experiences and knowledge gained from serving as a high ranking official inside the union.
Kellen T. Myers earned his law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington in 2009 where he was a member of The Federal Communications Law Journal. As a member of The Federal Communications Law Journal, Mr. Myers served as an Associate and Notes Editor. His note, The RIAA, the DMCA, and the Forgotten Few Webcasters: A Call for Change in Digital Copyright Royalties, 61 Federal Communications Law Journal 2 (2009), was published during that time as well. Before law school, Mr. Myers received his Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University where he double majored in Psychology and Philosophy. He worked at Nemeth Law, P.C. as a law clerk prior to joining the firm in 2012.
Mr. Myers is a member of the American Bar Association - Labor and Employment Law Section, the State Bar of Michigan - Labor and Employment Law Section, Litigation Section and the Federal Bar Association - Eastern District of Michigan. Mr. Myers practices management labor and employment law with areas of focus in wage and hour and traditional labor law. Mr. Myers is also a graduate of Wayne State University Law School where he received his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Labor and Employment Law.
Mr. Myers is a Contributing Editor to The Developing Labor Law which is the seminal treatise on U.S. labor law and helped draft its 2015 Cumulative Supplement. Mr. Myers is the author of “Uber and Gig-Economy: A Business Model Built to Last?”, Crain’s Detroit Business, February 2016. Mr. Myers is also the co-author of numerous articles including, “Study Suggests Some Employers May Disfavor Job Seekers Who Disclose a Disability”, Michigan Defense Quarterly, February 2016; “When A Vague Claim of ‘Hostile Work Environment’ is A Discrimination Complaint”, Michigan Defense Quarterly, November 2015; “Legal Trends: Employer Criminal Background Check Policies”, Michigan Defense Quarterly, April 2015; “Legal Implications of Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs”, Society for Human Resource Management, January, 2014; “Federal Agencies Look to Protect Vulnerable Workers and Target High-Risk Industries”, Professional Liability Underwriting Society Journal, October, 2013; “Accommodating Food Allergies in the Workplace”, Human Resource Executive Online, January, 2013; “Minimize Risks While Hosting a Holiday Party at Work”, Corp! Magazine, December 2012; “New Law Looks to Make Michigan Courts Business Friendly”, Detroit Legal News and Flint-Genesee County Legal News, November 2012; and, “Don’t Let Election Politics Disrupt Your Workplace”, Corp! Magazine, October 2012. Mr. Myers is also a frequent contributor to Nemeth Law’s Employment Blog which provides information and insight to employers on developing topics in employment and labor law.
Following a distinguishing career in the fire service, Bob Carroll was encouraged to further his opportunities through private-sector Emergency Medical Services. Bob was instrumental in leading the organizing charge, which led to the unionization of the company. After being offered a position on the union's organizing team, he became aware of some of the unscrupulous tactics used to organize his peers without his knowledge. For Carroll, "Organizing the employees was supposed to be about improving life for the coworkers. But instead, all priorities were aimed at building rank and file membership and driving dues money." Once he realized the realities of unionism and the strategies and tactics used, Carroll led a successful charge to decertify the union.
Bob joined Permanent Solutions Labor Consultants on a full-time basis in 2010. He found that he had a natural ability to not only build the business and develop new service offerings but, also, to effectively work with leadership in their efforts to promote positive employee relations as part of their continuous improvement process. Today, Bob serves as Executive Vice President at Permanent Solutions Labor Consultants. Bob is responsible for the day-to-day operations at PSLC as well as the growth and development of innovative service offerings that assist our clients in their efforts to promote positive employee relations without the need for third-party representation.