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Wage and Hour Essentials

Total Credits: 2.75 CLE, 0.5 Ethics

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Employment & Labor Law |  Business & Commercial Law |  Corporate Counsel
Denise M Blommel |  Ivelisse Bonilla |  Joshua R Woodard |  Samantha Elizabeth Cote
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
May 05, 2023


Program covers the best wage and hour practices as well as common and less common mistakes to avoid. Specifically, we will explore the best practices associated with independent contractors, exempt versus non-exempt employees, and paid sick leave. In addition, a portion of the program will be dedicated to explaining wage and hour essentials for lawyers who are employers.

Denise Blommel, Denise M Blommel PLLC
Ivelisse Bonilla, Awerkamp, Bonilla & Giles, PLC
Joshua Woodard, Snell & Wilmer

Samantha Cote, Snell & Wilmer



Denise M Blommel Related Seminars and Products

Denise M Blommel PLLC

Denise M. Blommel is an attorney in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Arizona and Nevada. Her practice centers on the employer-employee relationship.

Denise is a former Field Attorney with the National Labor Relations Board and a former Assistant Chief Counsel of the Industrial Commission of Arizona. She represents employers and employees in employment and labor matters.

Denise belongs to the State Bar of Arizona, State Bar of Nevada, the American Bar Association, the Scottsdale Bar Association, and the Arizona Employment Lawyers Association. She is President-Elect of the State Bar of Arizona’s Senior Lawyers Division.

Denise was awarded the State Bar of Arizona’s Member of the Year for 1998-1999. She was also awarded the State Bar Employment & Labor Law Section Member of the Year in 2014. Denise is one of the authors of the State Bar’s Arizona Employment Law Handbook and a co-author of articles in the January 2022, January 2021, and December 2013 State Bar’s Arizona Attorney about the State Board of Education’s expanded jurisdiction, COVID-19 in the Workplace, and the Affordable Care Act; and two articles in the April 1994 and April 1998 Arizona Attorney about Workers' Compensation, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act. Denise served as Chair of the Employment & Labor Law and Co-Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Law Sections of the State Bar of Arizona.

Denise holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Economics, with Highest Distinction (Summa Cum Laude), Honors, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, from the University of Arizona. She serves on the Advisory Board to the Honors College at the University of Arizona. Her law degree is from Arizona State University. Denise and her Moot Court teammates placed second in the nation in the National Moot Court competition – team, brief, and speaker.

Denise is a frequent presenter for government, business, educational and community groups. She taught Human Resources Law for the ASU Master of Legal Studies Program in 2014 and 2015 and was active with the former ASU Law Group.

Denise is a mediator with the U.S. Postal Service. She and her husband, Don Doerres, are regular presenters of “Soft Skills for a Hard World,” a seminar to improve workplace communication and resolve conflict. Denise and Don belong to the University of Iowa Alumni Association and Denise is a life member of both the ASU and U of A Alumni Associations.

Denise served on the Board of Directors for 20 years for Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. The Girl Scouts awarded Denise the Thanks Badge in 2000; the Thanks Badge II in 2005, and the Impact Award in 2020, their highest volunteer honors. She currently serves as Chair of the Council’s Personnel Committee. Denise and Don live in Scottsdale and are active at St. Patrick Catholic Community.

Denise's website is at Her telephone number is 480-247-7477 and her mailing address is 6945 E. Sahuaro, Suite 125, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Her email address is

Ivelisse Bonilla Related Seminars and Products

Awerkamp Bonilla & Giles PLC

Ivelisse Bonilla has practiced civil rights and employment and labor law for 27 years. Since 2013, Ivelisse has been listed as one of The Best Lawyers in America in Employment Law-Individuals, as one of the Southwest Super Lawyers in Employment and Labor Law, and in Tucson Lifestyle and one of the best lawyers in Tucson in Employment Law. In 1997, Ivelisse joined McConnell Valdes representing employers. From 2000 to 2001, she served as Deputy General Counsel for the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, she pursued an L.L.M., with a concentration in employment law at Georgetown University. She then returned to McConnell Valdes to continue her practice. In 2004, she moved to Tucson and in 2008, Ivelisse and Don Awerkamp formed Awerkamp & Bonilla, PLC, now Awerkamp, Bonilla & Giles, a law firm in Tucson practicing only employment law. Ivelisse is a past Chair of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Arizona Labor and Employment Law Section and former President of the Federal Bar Association, Tucson Chapter. Ivelisse is also a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Joshua R Woodard Related Seminars and Products


Snell & Wilmer LLP

Joshua Woodard is licensed in Arizona, California and Nevada, with a practice concentrated in labor and employment law. He advises and represents employer/management clients before state and federal agencies, including the Arizona Civil Rights Commission, the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the United States Department of Labor. Josh has extensive litigation experience in both state and federal jurisdictions in wage and hour issues, misappropriation of trade secrets, non-competition/non-solicitation matters, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, employment contracts, and related matters. He instructs and trains (including several Fortune 500 companies) in a variety of areas including sexual harassment prevention, supervision and leadership, organizational behavior, human resources management, and corporate ethics.

Samantha Elizabeth Cote Related Seminars and Products

Samantha Cote is an associate in Snell & Wilmer’s labor and employment group. She has litigated various matters including personal injury disputes. Samantha assists clients in all phases of litigation including oral arguments, depositions, and motion practice. She has experience handling matters before the Office of Administrative Hearings and oral arguments before the Maricopa County Superior Court. Samantha also represents clients in mediations and settlement negotiations.



Overall:      4.5

Total Reviews: 57


Tina V

"Very informative presentations and well organized"

Tim P

"Super useful material"

David H


Kevin H

"Looking for more practical applications"


"Very helpful "

Matthew S

"This was a well presented program, good pace and fantastic information. Much appreciated."

Matthew R

"It wasn't great but it wasn't bad. The slides could use some improvement. "

Steven S

"Very helpful. Nuts and bolts stuff to know for generalists, but also more in-depth material for specialists."

Merle T

"Josh and Denise are amazing! Highly recommend that you use them again."

Vidula P

"The slides were detailed, but sometimes worded awkwardly. There was also a lot of text on various slides, which is hard to digest while also listening to the speaker. "