Education Sessions Schedule

Industry Compliance: Labor, Wage, and Insurance

Get some of your most pressing questions answered by this panel of workforce experts. 

Topics include wages, overtime, tips, youth employment, hazards, and safety management. The seminar will be taught by representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor – Wage and Hour Division, Texas Workforce Commission – Regulatory Integrity/Labor Law Section, and Texas Department of Insurance - Division of Workers’ Compensation.


Monday, July 16, 2018


3:00pm - 4:00pm


Big Bend Big Ideas Stage


Erica Holder, U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division
Marycela Padgett, Texas Department of Insurance
Gene Umana, Texas Workforce Commission


erica holder

Erica Holder

Erica Holder, assistant district director for the U. S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division, has been with the agency for 20 years. She will discuss how to comply with federal labor laws, and take your questions on employee wages, tips, and hours worked. Come and speak with her to learn more restaurant-related questions.

marycela padgett

Marycela Padgett

Marycela Padgett is a workplace safety training specialist with the Division of Workers’ Compensation of the Texas Department of Insurance. Mary graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in Occupational Safety and Health and has a multifaceted background that extends across several industries. Under the Division of Worker’s Compensation, Mary travels across the state as an OSHA outreach trainer teaching compliance and safety awareness to help employers and employees recognize and reduce job-site hazards and risks.

Gene Umana

Gene Umana

Gene Umana has been employed as an investigator with the Texas Workforce Commission/ Regulatory Integrity Division for the past two (2) years. His jurisdiction encompasses approximately 25 counties. He conducts inspections and educates employers wherever he has good reason to believe a minor may have been employed within the past 2 years. State law allows TWC to adopt rules regarding employing children. The TWC rules ensure that employment does not interfere with a child's education and does not pose a threat to the child's health, safety or general well-being. 

Prior to his employment at the Texas Workforce Commission, Umana worked as a Police Officer, Security Manager and in the Hotel / Restaurant industry.