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SBDC Webinar to Help Small Businesses Understand Exempt, Nonexempt Employees

November 9, 2016
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Karolynn St-Pierre

Businesses with employees need to understand the ramifications of the new Department of Labor (DOL) rules regarding exempt and nonexempt employees that take effect Dec. 1. 

Karolynn St-Pierre, a human resources professional, author and speaker, will lead a Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) webinar, titled “Exempt or Non-Exempt: That is the Question,” Thursday, Dec. 1, from 2-3 p.m.

The SBDC is a partnership among the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Business Council and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBDC focuses on educating small-business owners and potential owners on how to successfully start and operate small businesses. The SBDC’s main office is located at UW.

The differences between exempt and nonexempt employees have always been fuzzy, at best, and now that the DOL is making employee misclassification its top priority, understanding the new rules of the game is a very important priority for employers. 

St-Pierre is known for her expertise helping businesses navigate the complexities of human resource management. She has owned Symmetry Consulting LLC since 2009. The company manages HR functions for outside organizations to ensure compliance with labor laws. She also has 15 years of experience working for other large human resource consulting companies, advising Fortune 500 companies, such as Microsoft, Coors, Target and Ford.   

The webinar fee is $15, and attendees can register at

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. For more information, call Peggy Baker at 1-800-348-5194.

The Wyoming SBDC Network is a business advising group of the Wyoming SBDC, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Market Research Center and SBIR/STTR Initiative. The network’s mission is to help Wyoming entrepreneurs succeed. Advising and most market research activities are free of charge to Wyoming residents.

The SBDC is funded, in part, through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. SBA. Additional support is provided by the Wyoming Business Council and UW.

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