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    ND Department of Labor “Hot Topics”

    Date: February 27, 2024, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
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    ND Department of Labor “Hot Topics”

    Being an employer, specifically in the realm of Human Resources, can result in wearing multiple hats and having a vast knowledge of many different topics.  The Department handles Wage and Hour statutes, as well as discrimination complaints, which can play into any employment relationship on a daily basis.  It isn’t always easy to sort through all of the applicable statutes, so we are hoping to provide a quick guide to frequently violated and overlooked laws pertaining to our Department.  Whether it be related to overtime, exemption statuses, final paychecks, vacation pay, reasonable accommodations, retaliation in the workplace, we will touch base on all of the current “Hot Topics” that come across the Department through claims filed.  We will provide information about relevant laws, information on how to evaluate those laws, and provide tips on how to ensure compliance to avoid these common issues. 

    Learning objectives:

    By the end of the presentation, you should be able to identify best practices to prevent commonly violated laws, understand the Department’s investigation and complaint process, and gain tools on how to ensure compliance with the Department of Labor and Human Rights’ statutes.


    Kiersten Small is a Compliance Investigator with the North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights.  As an Investigator for the Department for nine (9) years, she has performed over 800 Wage & Hour complaint investigations and almost 500 discrimination complaint investigations.  She has a background with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University Moorhead.  In addition to her investigative work, Kiersten has performed many presentations for the Department related to wage and hour and discrimination statutes.   She has a true passion for the work the Department performs, whether it be related to wage laws or discrimination laws.  She has worked hard to ensure fair and complete investigations and focus on providing information to others to ensure compliance with the Department’s applicable laws.  Growing up in Dickinson, then spending several years in the Fargo area, she now resides in Bismarck for the past decade with her husband, two (2) daughters, and two (2) French Bulldogs.

    • Lunch and Networking available beginning at 11:30 am (lunch provided for in-person attendees)
    • CDHRA Business & Announcements will begin at 11:45 am
    • The speaker will begin at Noon

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    To attend this lunch meeting in-person at the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber EDC office located at 1640 Burnt Boat Drive in Bismarck, register below:

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