Are Your Employees Exempt?  Think Again.

New Department of Labor Regulations May Change Your Mind

Eggs & IssuesEggs & Issues is a gathering of interested persons from business, professions, government and the not-for-profit sector that are concerned about key issues affecting the economic health of Monterey County and are looking for solutions. Please join us on Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m at Bayonet & Blackhorse Grill for our next breakfast highlighting an issue of critical import to all employers and their employees.


On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating federal overtime regulations, which will automatically extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation. California businesses employing salaried workers must be prepared for the new law in order to ensure compliance and avoid the substantial penalties and potential litigation for noncompliance. Dennis G. McCarthy of MCBC member Fenton & Keller will lead our discussion of these issues.

Dennis McCarthy’s practice focuses on civil litigation, including employment, commercial, and probate and estate litigation. Dennis has represented employers in matters involving wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, and age discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and state wage and hour laws. He works closely with clients in the healthcare, agricultural and other industries responding to a diverse range of legal challenges. In over 29 years of practice, Dennis has earned a reputation as an effective advocate and has developed the expertise and skills necessary to economically and efficiently resolve disputes through settlement or trial. He is well known and respected by colleagues and the judiciary. He has been active as a director, officer and coach in local youth sports leagues and the Big Sur International Marathon. Dennis also serves on the Parks and Recreation Commission for the City of Monterey and as a Director for United Way Monterey County.

While working at Fenton & Keller as an assistant to Lewis Fenton, Sharilyn Payne was inspired to attend law school. In 2004, she returned to Fenton & Keller as a licensed attorney after practicing law for several years in Salinas and Sacramento. She represents employers and employees before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Sharilyn advises clients and presents seminars on a wide range of employment matters including wage and hour disputes, classification of workers as independent contractors, exempt/non-exempt classification issues, wrongful termination, discrimination, and sexual harassment cases. She also reviews employer policies, audits employer records for compliance with state and federal law, performs workplace investigations, prepares employee policy manuals in English and Spanish, and provides California statutorily required harassment prevention training in English and Spanish. Sharilyn earned her Master of Arts in Translation and Interpretation of Spanish and English from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She spent much of her childhood in Honduras and the Dominican Republic and speaks, reads and writes in Spanish fluently. She is also proficient in French and Portuguese. Sharilyn writes articles on employment law issues. Her articles have appeared in local publications, including the Salinas Valley Business Journal.

MCBC wishes to acknowledge Credit Consulting Services and Monterey Bay PTAC for their Sponsorship of Eggs & Issues.


Monterey County

Special thanks to the County of Monterey for its ongoing support of the Monterey County Business Council’s efforts for economic development and education.



Sponsorship opportunities are available for Eggs & Issues!

For $250, local sponsors receive the following:

  • Five (5) minutes to speak about their company and its activities
  • Recognition at the event
  • Recognition in all marketing materials (e.g., social media, website, etc.)
  • Recognition in Friday Facts, our weekly email newsletter
  • Two tickets for the breakfast

For $400, a company gets to sponsor two consecutive breakfasts.

Contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington at should you wish to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

August 04, 2016
7:30 am - 9:15 AM
Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club
1 McClure Way
Seaside, CA 93955