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Employment Law

From work force reduction issues to dealing with the Family Medical Leave Act and everything in between, the Employment Law attorneys at Stites & Harbison focus on providing clients with creative, competitive and cost effective employment law solutions.

The diverse and experienced attorneys within the group recognize that responsiveness to employers in the avoidance of immediate employment law problems is critical. The group provides clients a high level of service with a seamless team approach from our offices in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Georgia.

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"The legal counsel provided by Stites & Harbison for employment law matters is top notch. Our representative has the ability to explain the laws in layman's terms in turn providing training for our leadership team that can be effectively applied in their jobs."

U.S. News & World Report / Best Lawyers, "Best Law Firms" Client Interviews 2017
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Information You Need on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Stites & Harbison has assembled a Coronavirus Response Team which consists of a cross-disciplinary task force of attorneys and critical staff members to ensure our firm remains “On the Job” for you. Updated 01/11/21

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 11, 2021
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FFCRA Paid Leave is Ending but COVID-19 Continues: Considerations for Employers Handling COVID-19 Issues in 2021

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), applicable to certain public employers and private employers with fewer than 500 employees, had two major provisions: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“E-FMLA”).

by Shannon Antle Hamilton and Rachel Dix Bishop December 31, 2020
Client Alerts

What Employers Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently posted an updated and expanded technical assistance publication that provides information to employers and employees about how COVID-19 vaccination interacts with various legal requirements. The publication addresses issues pertaining to medical pre-screening questions and employer accommodations for those unable to receive a vaccination.

by Shannon Antle Hamilton and Rachel Dix Bishop December 23, 2020
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 41 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2021 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 21, 2020
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Ten Stites & Harbison Attorneys Honored by 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The 2020 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored 10 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 02, 2020
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Stites & Harbison Highly Ranked in 45 Practice Areas in 2021 “Best Law Firms” List

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have released their 2021 “Best Law Firms” rankings. Stites & Harbison, PLLC’s three National Tier 1 rankings include: Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate, and Trademark Law. The firm’s overall results include 83 metropolitan rankings in seven regions and represent the 45 legal practice areas.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 06, 2020
Events

2020 Construction Law Institute

Date: 11/11/20 - 11/12/20
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

WEBINAR

Presented by UK/CLE NOW A LIVE WEBINAR BROADCAST VIA ZOOM Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, this year’s program has been restructured as a live webinar via Zoom. You do NOT need a Zoom...
William G. Geisen, S. Kelly Gilliam, Shannon Antle Hamilton, Gregory P. Parsons, and Rebecca M.W. Sherman October 27, 2020
Client Alerts

Revised FFCRA Regulations from DOL Set to Become Effective Today, September 16, 2020

On September 11, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”), citing the “pressing need for clarity,” issued revised Family First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) regulations following the August 3, 2020 New York Federal District Court decision that struck provisions interpreting the FFCRA. The regulations will be published and take effect on today, September 16, 2020.

by Shannon Antle Hamilton September 15, 2020
Events

Institutional Racism in Legal Systems: Criminal Justice, Employment & Housing: Part 2 - Understanding the Impact of Race in Employment

Date: 9/10/20
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

WEBINAR

Lexington office attorney Robin McGuffin will moderate a panel discussing the impact of race in employment on September 10, 2020.

Robin E. McGuffin September 04, 2020
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Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable for Mid-Size Law Firms

Date: 9/9/20
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Webinar

Demetrius Holloway joins a panel of speakers to discuss what is working and not working in the area of diversity and inclusion at mid-size law firms.

Demetrius O. Holloway September 02, 2020
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2021 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 82 lawyers are included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 20, 2020
Client Alerts

Retirement Plan Excessive Fee Litigation is on the Rise

Retirement plan sponsors and other fiduciaries are required by ERISA to discharge their duties with the “care, skill, prudence, and diligence” under the circumstances as would a prudent man. This means, among other things, fiduciaries should ensure that all fees paid by the plan for recordkeeping and investment management services are competitive and reasonable.

by Andrew R. Jacobs August 17, 2020
Client Alerts

When Furloughs Become Permanent Layoffs: An Employer’s Ongoing Obligations Under the WARN Act in the Time of COVID-19

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers implemented what they hoped would be temporary furloughs. However, as the pandemic has progressed, employers may now realize that the furloughs will last longer than expected or become permanent layoffs.

by Robin E. McGuffin August 11, 2020
Press Releases

Calesia Henson Elected to Board of Directors of the KMAC Museum

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Calesia Henson was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the KMAC Museum. She will serve a three-year term.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 05, 2020
Client Alerts

Older Workers Cannot Be Barred from Returning to Work: How to Be Mindful about Returning Older Employees to the Workplace

On June 11, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidelines to state that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) “would prohibit a covered employer from involuntarily excluding an individual from the workplace based on his or her [age] being 65 or older, even if the employer acted for benevolent reasons such as protecting the employee due to higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.”

by Calesia Henson and Ashley Owens Hopkins June 19, 2020
Presentations

COVID-19 Human Resources Conversations: Live Q&A

This live Q&A was recorded on June 3, 2020. This discussion with John Wingo (Stites &Harbison, Nashville, TN), Rebecca Weis (Stites & Harbison, Louisville, KY), Kelly Hodges (Gresham Smith) and Dennis Georgatos (Skanska) is an HR conversation you don't want to miss.

by John R. Wingo and Rebecca A. Weis June 08, 2020
Client Alerts

New Federal Law Makes Important Changes To Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (the “Flexibility Act”), which is intended to address problematic elements of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), was signed into law by the President on June 5, 2020.

by Brian A. Cromer June 05, 2020
Client Alerts

OSHA Revises COVID-19 Guidance

On May 26, 2020, OSHA rescinded its prior memo dated April 10, 2020, and provided updated “Enforcement Guidance for Recording cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)”.

by S. Kelly Gilliam, Shannon Antle Hamilton, and Sarah Cronan Spurlock June 05, 2020
Presentations

Back on Track: Post-Pandemic Re-Opening Guidance for Kentucky Employers

Stites & Harbison employment attorneys Shannon Antle Hamilton, Demetrius Holloway, and Rebecca Weis discuss re-opening plans for Kentucky employers in this webinar presented May 21, 2020.

by Shannon Antle Hamilton, Demetrius O. Holloway, and Rebecca A. Weis May 22, 2020
Client Alerts

SBA Extends PPP Loan Safe Harbor Repayment Date to May 18, 2020

Last night, the U.S. Small Business Administration extended the safe harbor deadline for the repayment of Paycheck Protection Program loans from May 14, 2020 to May 18, 2020.

by Brian A. Cromer May 14, 2020