ELS Honored to Receive AT&T Diversity and Inclusion Pipeline Award

Jamala S. McFadden and Chandra C. Davis were invited to the AT&T Legal Department Annual Conference and accepted the Diversity and Inclusion Pipeline Award. This award recognizes success in efforts to increase the pipeline of diverse individuals entering the legal profession. Click here for VIDEO. The award highlights the PCP firm that took their pipeline […]

ELS Recruiting Legal Assistant

If you are a Legal Assist with experience working in employment law, please consider responding to our posting for a Legal Assistant. Please send your resume and cover letter detailing why you would be a great addition to our team to [email protected] Overview of Legal Office Assistant Duties & Tasks Performing general office clerk duties […]

Mediation of Employment Law Claims Seminar Oct. 23 at Noon

Raquel Crump to Present Mediation of Employment Law Claims with Tanya Tate of Bay Mediation and Arbitration Services. This program will be held at ELS, 3100 Cumberland Blvd., Suite 1480, Atlanta, GA 30339. Please join us on Oct. 23 for an informative one hour luncheon (12 – 1 p.m.) Lunch will be provided and you […]

Special Employment Law Webinar for Owners & Managers of Small Law Firms, Tuesday, September 24 from 2 pm to 3 pm

Jamala S. McFadden will present important employment law pointers designed to help small law firms avoid risk and save money. Please join us for a Special Employment Law Webinar for Owners and Managers of Small Law Firms on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 from 2 pm to 3 pm. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-employment-law-webinar-for-owners-and-managers-of-small-law-firms-tickets-66331889467.

Chandra Davis to Present at Management Information Exchange (MIE) Conference in Atlanta, September 10

Management Information Exchange (MIE) Conference for Legal Services Executive Directors, Managers and Supervisors in Atlanta, September 9 and 10. Chandra Davis to lead discussion of employment law rules and regulations on September 10. Chandra will update and review the most pressing employment law and compliance issues–FLSA, FMLA, ACA, ADA and reasonable accommodations, harassment in the […]

Webinar with Chandra C. Davis – HR Regulations: Disabled Employees, Discrimination and Equal Pay – Wed., Aug. 15, 2 pm

Please join Chandra Davis and Sanquinetta Maria Dover for an informative presentation on August 15 at 2 p.m. HR Regulations: Disabled Employees, Workplace Discrimination, Equal Pay Register at http://bit.ly/DiscussionswithDoverEpisode1. Discussion Duration:  40 minutes with 15 minutes Q & A.  Join us as we discuss hot topics affecting business owners and HR. Learn about best practices, employees’ well-being […]

NAMWOLF 2019 Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo Los Angeles Sept. 22-25

ELS is proud to support minority and women-owned law firms by sponsoring the NAMWOLF 2019 Meeting & Law Firm Expo in Los Angeles on September 22 to 25. Chandra C. Davis and Tennille Hoover will be on-site to engage with attendees. Contact Chandra at [email protected] or Tennille at [email protected] to make plans to meet up […]

Chandra Davis and Nzinga Shaw Present Taking Diversity and Inclusion to the Next Level!

Chandra Davis and Nzinga Shaw will present Taking Diversity and Inclusion to the Next Level on August 1 from 1:30 to 3 pm at the EEOC’s EXCEL Training Conference in Atlanta. Attend this session for an interactive panel presentation and discussion on developing a diverse and inclusive culture, along with meaningful metrics you can use […]

Halima White to Present ADR Options for the Early Resolution of EEO Claims with Lee Parks, Jr. and Justin Evans

On Aug 1 from 10:45 am to 12:15 pm at EEOC EXCEL Conference in Atlanta, Lee Parks, Jr., Halima Horton White, and Justin Evans will present an interactive workshop. Complainant’s counsel, defense counsel and an administrative judge will focus on how early mediation of harassment, hostile work environment and retaliation claims can benefit public and […]

Halima White and Chandra Davis to Present at EEOC’s EXCEL Conference in Atlanta

Halima Horton White will present ADR Options for the Early Resolution of EEO Claims on August 1 from 10:45 am to 12:15 pm and Chandra Davis will present Taking Diversity and Inclusion to the Next Level on August 1 from 1:30 to 3 pm at the EEOC’s 2019 EXCEL Conference in Atlanta. More info at:https://www1.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/4-30-19c.cfm. […]

It May Be Time to Reclassify Some Employees as Non-Exempt or Implement Pay Raises

Under a final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on September 24, 2019, employees who make less than $35,568 are eligible for overtime pay effective Jan. 1, 2020. To be exempt from overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees must be paid a salary of at least the threshold […]

Modern Day Discrimination

by Chandra C. Davis and Jordan Starks, Esq. In 1979, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act was enacted, and established the legal standard for discrimination in the workplace. Employees who were members of a protected class (race, national origin, sex, age, or disability) were given protection against discrimination in the workplace. However, these categories […]

Dispute Between EEOC and DOJ: LGBTQ Protections Under Title VII

In 2017, the Trump administration, through the Department of Justice (DOJ), reversed the Obama-era policy which used Title VII to protect transgender employees from discrimination. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to U.S. Attorneys, stating, “Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass discrimination based on […]

Gender Self-Identification

Gender binary is the classification of gender into two distinct, opposite and disconnected forms of masculine and feminine, whether by social or cultural belief. Gender binary is also known as gender binarism, binarism, or genderism. The number of people identifying as “gender-nonbinary”—meaning, as neither male nor female—is on the rise. According to Gender Wiki, people […]

Tips to Create an Alliance Culture for Gender Identity

Creating a positive and safe work environment is more important than ever and it benefits employers and employees. The right actions assist changing workplace culture to reflect our changing society. Gender identity may cause some employees caution when interacting with other employees, despite years of working relationships. Here are some tips to create an alliance […]

Gender Identity – Creating a Positive and Safe Work Environment

Raquel Crump notes creating a positive and safe work environment is more important than ever and it benefits employers and employees. The right actions assist changing workplace culture to reflect our changing society. Gender identity may cause some employees caution when interacting with other employees, despite years of working relationships. Here are some tips to […]

Tennille Hoover to Present at The Solo & Small Firm Institute CLE

Tennille Hoover will present Don’t Let Your Money Fly Away! Thorny HR Issues for Solo and Small Firms. September 26 and 27, State Bar of Georgia. Limited programming via video conference to Savannah & Tifton State Bar Offices. Tennille will present in the Auditorium on September 26 from 1:30 to 2:35 p.m. The Solo & […]

Chandra C. Davis to Present Best Practices for FLSA, FMLA, ADA and Handling Complaints

Chandra Davis will present Best Practices for FLSA, FMLA, ADA and Handling Complaints at the MIE Conference for Legal Services Executive Directors, Managers and Supervisors (MIE Conference) on September 10 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. The conference theme is Essential Skills for Stronger Leaders. Link to Conference Program. Employment law is complex. Various laws potentially […]

ELS August Update and Upcoming Events

Link to our latest update. Highlights and quick links: Webinar with Chandra C. Davis – HR Regulations: Disabled Employees, Discrimination and Equal Pay – Wednesday, August 15, 2 pm LINK to RECORDING. Special Employment Law Webinar for Owners & Managers of Small Law Firms, Thursday, August 22 from 11 am to NOON Management Information Exchange […]

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS: GA Labor Law Poster Change and EEOC Releases Sample Forms to Help Employers with EEO-1 Survey

Georgia recently released an update for labor law posters to include the Workers’ Compensation Bill of Rights new benefit dollar amounts and a new revision date. Additionally, employers were informed that the EEOC now requires a second component of the EEO-1 Survey for employers with over 100 employees. Component 2 asks for employees’ hours worked […]

ELS Offers Training and Counsel to Boards

Attorneys at The Employment Law Solution: McFadden Davis assist non-profits and not-for-profit organizations with various aspects of board management and membership. Our team of attorneys is dedicated to helping non-profit organizations thrive. We provide straightforward advice to all types of charities, institutions, foundations and not-for-profit organizations across the breadth of the sector, from educational and […]

Diversity and Inclusion in the Law

Jamala S. McFadden and Jamie Thompson participated in the Diversity and Inclusion in the Law: 2019 Summer Associate Pro Bono Series. Diversity and Inclusion in the Law Training is the most recent segment of the Atlanta Legal Aid‘s 2019 Summer Pro Bono Certificate Series. The training included a panel of speakers discussing the importance of […]

Jamala S. McFadden and Raquel Crump Recognized in The Pro Bono Resource Center List of Pro Bono All-Stars

Jamala S. McFadden and Raquel Crump are included in The Pro Bono Resource Center List of Pro Bono All-Stars. The complete listing is included in the most recent Georgia Bar Journal. Jamala is recognized for her pro bono work with Atlanta Legal Aid Society and Raquel for her work with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.

ELS Celebrates Jamie Thompson’s Successful Internship

ELS Team enjoyed an afternoon at Topgolf to celebrate the conclusion of Jamie Thompson‘s internship at the firm. Jamie’s work was great and we all really enjoyed having him with us this summer. Jamie will work at a personal injury firm for the next month and then attend The American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in […]

Jamala McFadden’s Presidential Leadership Scholar Project: Space Between

The Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) brings together a diverse network of leaders to collaborate and make a difference in the world as they learn about leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson.  During the program, each PLS scholar works on a […]

ELS Looking for 2L Intern

The Employment Law Solution: McFadden Davis has an open spot for a 2L intern this fall. Local law students with excellent grades and writing samples are encouraged to apply by July 25. Please direct a cover letter and unofficial transcript to [email protected] Duties include legal research; drafting letters, memos, motions, and pleadings; assisting with discovery; […]

ELS is Looking for an Experienced Paralegal to Join Employment Law Firm

Our Paralegal is a very important person in our firm. The Paralegal will assist the firm’s attorneys in every aspect of our practice. Our Attorneys rely heavily on the Paralegal for litigation and other types of matter support. Accordingly, the Paralegal must be able to keep track of many details at the same time and adapt to quickly […]

Raquel Crump – On the Rise!

Thank you Daily Report ALM for selecting Raquel Crump to join the 2019 On The Rise Class! Congrats to YLD Crew, Rizza O’Connor and Jenn Coalson!

Cobb Chamber of Commerce Presents Award to ELS

Thanks again to Cobb Chamber of Commerce for their visit today to celebrate Top 25 Small Business Award. Jamie Thompson, Myra Bohannon, Raquel Crump, and Joel Blockton enjoyed a visit at ELS.

ELS Summer Employment Law Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is available on our LinkedIn page. Articles include: Supreme Court To Decide LGBTQ Workers’ Rights Raise Your Defenses and Raise Them Early: A Good Reminder from the Supreme Court for Employment Counsel Defending Title VII Workplace Bullying: States are Taking Action Other informative topics: Employment Law Checklist, Risk Management, and Internships. #ELSFirm […]

Raise Your Defenses and Raise Them Early: A Good Reminder from the Supreme Court for Employment Counsel Defending Title VII Claims

On June 3, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States released its opinion in Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis leading to a very valuable lesson for employers – raise your defenses and raise them early. The employee in this case filed an EEOC charge against her employer for sexual harassment and retaliation for […]

Workplace Bullying: States are Taking Action

by Jamie Thompson, Summer Associate Employers should be aware that bullying may give rise to actionable harassment claims when the bullying is connected to a protected category. Bullying is often thought of as a problem that was outgrown and left behind from days in grade school and on the playground. However, bullying has crossed over […]

GABWA Event is Highlight of Summer Associate’s First Week

Jamie Thompson noted the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA) Lunch and Learn was the highlight of his first week as summer associate. Here’s why: The highlight of my first week as an ELS Summer Associate was attending a lunch and learn with Founding Partner of ELS, Jamala McFadden. The lunch and learn was […]

Jamie Thompson Joins ELS as Summer Associate

Jamie Thompson has joined the ELS Team as the 2019 Summer Associate. Jamie is a rising 2L at the University of Tennessee College of Law. Jamie serves his law school in several capacities which include: the American Bar Association Representative, a Staff Editor for Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, and as the Historian […]

Supreme Court To Decide LGBTQ Workers’ Rights

It may come as news to many that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that federal law does not protect employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation.  The Supreme Court will review whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) prohibits discrimination against employees because […]

“How I Came to ELS to Work as a Summer Associate” by Jamie Thompson

As a law student member of the Gate City Bar, I took advantage of the opportunity to apply for the Gate City Foundation, Inc. Summer Associate Program. I saw it as an invaluable opportunity to continue my commitment to diversity within the legal profession, while gaining substantive legal experience. I was excited to hear that […]

Chandra C. Davis and Jamala S. McFadden Provide Tips on NextGenLeadership

“Getting key assignments is often based on informal relationships and lawyers of color are often left out of that process. But it’s critical to ensure attorneys of color are getting good quality work that grows their practice.” READ MORE HERE #LEIdiversity #TipsforNextGenLeadership #ChandraDavis #JamalaMcFadden #ELSFirm

Attorney Tennille Hoover Returns to ELS

Tennille Hoover is an attorney with ELS. Using her former experience as an HR director for an employer with over 6000 employees, Tennille provides strategic employment law representation and counseling to complement organizational management and minimize legal liability. Tennille is highly skilled in managing, analyzing, and problem-solving a wide array of HR matters, including employee […]

ELS Celebrated the University of Michigan Law School Alumni & Friends Service Day at Atlanta Community Food Bank

ELS celebrated University of Michigan Law School Alumni & Friends Service Day on May 4 at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The Product Rescue Center was an ideal place to volunteer. Our team sorted, organized and packed recently donated food and personal care products for distribution to over 600 local partner agencies. The music was […]

Chandra C. Davis will Participate in the 50th Class of Leadership Atlanta!

Leadership Atlanta inspires leaders to strengthen metro Atlanta’s communities. The core of Leadership Atlanta’s programming is a nine-month, executive-level series. Approximately 85 established leaders are chosen each year to represent a broad cross-section of metro Atlanta. Through retreats, full-day seminars, service projects, discussion groups and community tours, members explore critical community issues, examine themselves as […]

Attorney Raquel Crump to Participate in the National Employment Law Council (“NELC”) Academy as a Returning Fellow

ELS Attorney Raquel Crump has been selected to participate in the National Employment Law Council (“NELC”) Academy as a Returning Fellow. The Academy is held during NELC’s annual conference in San Diego, CA April 24-26. Raquel will share suggestions on How to be a Rockstar, Organized Associate. NELC membership eligibility is limited to management-side labor and […]

Raquel Crump is On the Rise Georgia Legal Awards

April Update: Growing Practice Areas, Links to Videos, and Information on Upcoming Events

Link to ELS April Update Our latest update contains information on our growing practice areas, links to videos, and information on upcoming events. Growing practice areas include: Investigations – both private and public sector work Executive Employment and Severance Agreements Reductions in Force (RIFs) Workforce Composition Audits Workplace Climate Assessments HR Risk Assessments Mediation Training […]

Employment Law Checklist for Start-Ups & Expanding Businesses

Attorneys at The Employment Law Solution: McFadden Davis assist business clients with various aspects of employment law. We partner with our clients to provide results-oriented employment law services that are aligned with business fundamentals. ELS offers preventative and proactive services to clients in order to equip them with tools for almost any employment law issue. […]

Planning on Using Seasonal and Millennial Workers?

If you plan to use seasonal and millennial workers this summer – please plan to attend our upcoming webinar on Employment Law Issues Employers Need to Understand. Our presentation will address the following: Does the law require you to pay interns? Managing student/seasonal workers Millennial management Legal claims made by seasonal and summer interns Sexual […]

Jamala McFadden’s Highlights from The National Diversity & Leadership Conference

The National Diversity Council’s conference last week in Dallas did not disappoint!  Keynote speakers President Barack Obama, General Colin Powell and America Ferrera were on point with lessons on leadership, diversity and inclusion and living a good life.  It was an absolute pleasure to be included in a speaker lineup that included such heavyweights.  I […]

Jamala McFadden to Present on Employment Discrimination at National Diversity & Leadership Conference

Jamala McFadden to participate in a panel discussion regarding the Current State of Employment Discrimination at the National Diversity & Leadership Conference on April 11 – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Join Jamala in Dallas, Texas for the Diversity & Leadership Conference. On April 11th President Barack Obama will have an intimate Q&A session. #NOWNOTLATER #DLCONFERENCE2019 #NDC #NATIONALDIVERSITYCOUNCIL #DIVERSITY […]

ELS Named One of Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year

The Employment Law Solution: McFadden Davis named by Cobb Chamber as one of the 2019 Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. Jamala McFadden and Chandra C. Davis will attend the Cobb Chamber Awards Breakfast on May 6 where the 2019 Small Business of the Year winners will be named. In 1982, the Small Business […]