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 issues. […]

What Employers Need to Know about the Proposed Revised Rule on Overtime 

The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a revised rule on white collar exemptions to the overtime requirement of Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). While the proposal is not yet in place, employers should carefully review their employees categorized as exempt and consider the implications of the proposed revised rule (revised rule may become final in 2020).  “Exempt” employees do not […]

Highlights from the 2019 NAMWOLF Driving Diversity & Leadership Conference

ELS co-founding partner, Chandra C. Davis, shared highlights from the 2019 NAMWOLF Driving Diversity & Leadership Conference* held in New Orleans, LA February 16 – 19, 2019. (*f/k/a The Business Meeting & Law Firm Development Day) Chandra serves the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (“NAMWOLF”) as Labor & Employment PAC’s Outreach Committee Co-chair.  NAMWOLF […]

Georgia’s Judiciary has Established an Ad Hoc Committee to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Judicial Branch of Government

As head of Georgia’s judiciary, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton announced he has established an “Ad Hoc Committee to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Judicial Branch of Government.” The Committee is charged with gathering research, examining and evaluating best practices, and encouraging all classes of Georgia courts and court councils to establish policies to prevent […]

Expedited Review of Proposed Reduction in Force (RIF)

Reduction in force checklists are plentiful, but what happens if you have some concerns and are under pressure to produce your proposed plan for Board approval with two weeks? While standard checklists are useful, you need to check in with your employment attorney to address your concerns and make sure the RIF you implement will not […]

How In-House Mediation Works & How It Can Improve Your Workplace

Mediation is a confidential process where a trained and experienced neutral helps parties to resolve a dispute. Often, the end goal of mediation is a settlement agreement where the parties come up with their own settlement terms. That does not mean that only legal claims can be mediated. Whenever there is a dispute, parties can […]

Gender Transitions in the Workplace

Employer obligations to employees that are considering and undergoing gender transition surgery are unclear. No federal employment law explicitly prohibits discrimination against transgender employees, but, some courts, including the Eleventh Circuit, have interpreted Title VII to prohibit such discrimination. See E.E.O.C. v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. 884 F.3d 560 (6th Cir. 2018); […]

The Importance of Environmental Scans: Ensuring Compliance with Compensation Laws

Environmental scans can help you ensure that your company’s pay structure complies with federal and state compensation laws. Key federal compensation laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Equal Pay Act (“EPA”). The FLSA is a broad compensation statute establishing minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards for full-time and […]

The Importance of Environmental Scans: Avoiding Claims of Systemic Discrimination

Environmental scans can help companies anticipate potential systemic discrimination claims before a lawsuit is filed. While most employment discrimination suits involve individual plaintiffs, this is not always the case. An alternate form of liability to which companies may be subjected is a systemic discrimination claim. See 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-6. Systemic discrimination claims argue that […]