Excluding Employees From Post-Pandemic Workplace Culture Discussions Poses Risks

By Val Rusk Many employers – and employees – are thinking about what their workplace culture will feel like as onsite work increases. Employers are legitimately concerned that hybrid schedules, necessary accommodations, and other alternative work arrangements may negatively impact what they perceive to be their “secret sauce:” a vibrant, inclusive culture that builds relationships […]

Can Employers Ask Employees About Vaccination Status?

By Val Rusk Yes, you CAN ask your employees whether they have been vaccinated…. But employers should ensure their managers who may ask this question – including informally around the water cooler – know to stay away from any follow up questions that could implicate the ADA. Even if they don’t ask the question, well-meaning […]

EEOC ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF ACT MEDIATION PILOT

ELS attorneys have always prioritized assessing cases and resolving them early, if possible. The EEOC’s ACT Mediation pilot has created more opportunities to resolve charges throughout an investigation.  The EEOC is extending a pilot program that expands opportunities to voluntarily resolve charges through mediation through Sept. 30, 2021. Although mediation is usually requested early in […]

EEOC Delays Issuing Right-To-Sue Notices

Negatively Impacts Employer Defenses to EEOC Charges It is an understatement to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the financial well-being of employers and employees. Businesses have been forced to shut their doors, leading to terminations, furloughs, layoffs, and more than 16 million unemployment claims. This will likely result in increased filings of […]

ELS Newsletter Fall 2019

The Employment Law Solution: McFadden Davis, LLC includes Tips for Creating an Alliance Culture for Gender Identity, Information on Gender Self-Identification, and a Discussion of Modern Day Workplace Discrimination in their latest newsletter. ELS is proud to be recognized by our client, AT&T, for our efforts to increase the pipeline of diverse individuals entering the […]

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

ELS is proud to be recognized by our client, AT&T, for our efforts to increase the pipeline of diverse individuals entering the legal profession. In praising our efforts, AT&T’s General Counsel, David McAtee, acknowledged that we are a small firm that punches well above our weight! Check out our video highlighting some of our work. […]

ELS Recruiting Legal Assistant

If you are a Legal Assistant 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 info@theemploymentlawsolution.com. Overview of Legal Office Assistant Duties & Tasks Performing general office clerk duties […]

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 […]

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 […]

DOL Announces Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Update Joint Employer Test

On April 1, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule to clarify when employers are considered joint employers where they share or exercise control over workers. This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) came on the heels of two other significant NPRMs from the DOL regarding minimum salary levels for overtime exemptions (March […]