Labor and Employment
Chambliss labor and employment attorneys provide prompt, pragmatic legal advice and representation to business owners, HR professionals, and executives on complex and emerging labor and employment issues.
Chambliss provides guidance on legal issues impacting all facets of employment and independent contractor relationships. Whether the question concerns hiring practices or employee discipline, a risky termination or a nuanced FMLA leave issue, or one of the emerging movements impacting employers clients can rely on and trust our team. Clients know that we are well versed in the laws that impact their businesses, and turn to us for advice on FMLA and ADA issues, wage-and-hour laws, and other state and federal laws and regulations. We are trusted advisors for addressing and remedying workplace issues, including claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and we proactively work with clients on compliance matters, such as affirmative action and workplace safety and health. While our goal is to minimize liability and risk for our clients, we mount a swift response when litigation occurs, defending employers in both individual and class action suits as well as EEOC and other administrative charges.
As day-to-day issues arise, we provide timely recommendations based on legal risks and practical business considerations. Over the years, we have developed intimate knowledge of our clients' businesses, which permits us to provide pragmatic advice consistent with our clients' goals and objectives. We serve clients in manufacturing, education, health care, transportation and logistics, media, and other industries. Recognized for their excellent client service and experience, members of our team have been recognized by Chambers USA®, Best Lawyers in America©, Mid-South Super Lawyers, and BTI Client Service All-Stars.
What We See on the Horizon
Contact your Chambliss labor and employment team for our latest insights about the following:
- The impact of the #MeToo movement on workplace culture. The #MeToo movement has significantly impacted workplace culture and will continue to do so. Proactive training, policy review, and culture checks are a must.
- Strategies for bridging the gap(s) with a multi-generational workforce. While creating a cohesive workplace with baby boomers and Gen Z'ers can be a challenge, harnessing the power and celebrating the differences of each generation can help your company excel.
- How to handle HR's biggest headache – FMLA compliance. FMLA laws are known to be very complex, which can make compliance difficult to attain. We work with clients to ensure that they successfully navigating these choppy waters and properly administering FMLA leave.
- The biggest drivers of employment litigation – and how to avoid claims. Employment litigation can often be avoided with help from proper and experienced legal counsel. We focus on minimizing risk and working with clients to address issues before they erupt into a full-blown lawsuit.
A Snapshot of Our Depth
- Affirmative action
- Employment policies and handbooks
- Employee leave issues, including under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Nation Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
- Independent contractors and misclassification claims
- Noncompetition and non-solicitation agreements
- Discrimination, retaliation, and workplace harassment
- Workers' compensation
- Wage-and-hour law
- Workplace violence prevention
- Employment verification (including I-9 and E-Verify)
- Wrongful discharge
- Whistleblower protections
- Workplace safety and health