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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."

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Sixth Circuit: Perfect Attendance Policies Must Not Disadvantage Employees Who Take FMLA Leave

Many employers have policies that reward perfect attendance in some fashion. A recent ruling from the Sixth Circuit makes clear that, in many cases, such policies must not consider leave taken pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) as something that “resets” the employee’s attendance streak.

by Ashley Owens Hopkins and Robin E. McGuffin August 13, 2019
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Rebecca Weis selected to Leadership Louisville Class of 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Leadership Louisville Center has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Rebecca Weis to participate in the Leadership Louisville Class of 2020.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 31, 2019
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Demetrius Holloway named to Lawyers of Color's 2019 Nation's Best List

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Lawyers of Color has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Demetrius Holloway to its inaugural Nation’s Best list for 2019 in the Southern Region.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 11, 2019
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Stites & Harbison named to BTI Brand Elite 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—BTI Consulting Group has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC as a best-branded law firm in its BTI Brand Elite 2019: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 29, 2019
Client Alerts

Kentucky Employers - New Pregnancy Worker Accommodation Law Becomes Effective June 27, 2019

The Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act (“KPWA”) requires Kentucky employers, with 15 or more employees, to evaluate pregnant employees’ requests for accommodations related to medical issues tied to their pregnancy or childbirth somewhat differently.

by Shannon Antle Hamilton May 22, 2019
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Demetrius Holloway elected to American Diabetes Association's Board

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The American Diabetes Association (ADA) of Kentucky has elected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Demetrius Holloway to its Community Leadership Board.

by Stites & Harbsion and PLLC May 20, 2019
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Chambers USA 2019 Honors Stites & Harbison

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 16 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2019 guide.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 08, 2019
Client Alerts

Lawyer Up! Kentucky Imposes New Requirement for Legal Representation at Unemployment Hearings

In 1984, the Kentucky Legislature enacted KRS 341.407(3), permitting employers, including corporations and partnerships, to represent themselves or be represented by counsel in administrative unemployment proceedings. Thirty-five years later, on April 26, 2019, the Kentucky Court of Appeals declared that law unconstitutional and effectively held that a lawyer must represent corporations and non-natural entities in administrative unemployment proceedings.

by Demetrius O. Holloway and Rebecca A. Weis May 01, 2019
Client Alerts

Employee Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Data Due to EEOC by May 31, 2019; Employee Pay Data Due by September 30, 2019

Employers with 100 or more employees, and federal contractors who have 50 or more workers and contracts worth $50,000 or more, have until May 31, 2019 to provide the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) data regarding the number of employees they have by job category, race, ethnicity, and gender for the 2018 calendar year (“Component 1 data”).

by Shannon Antle Hamilton and Rachel Dix Bishop May 01, 2019
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Mandatory Arbitration, Shortened Statutes of Limitations, and Background Checks for Employees? You Bet!

In October 2018, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued a far-reaching opinion voiding all Kentucky employer-employee arbitration agreements which were made a condition of an individual’s employment. On March 13, 2019, however, the Kentucky Legislature rejected that opinion, passing a bill that not only claws back the ruling but significantly expands employers’ options for imposing conditions on the employer-employee relationship.

by Rebecca A. Weis March 14, 2019
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DOL's New Overtime Rule Sets FLSA Exemption Threshold at $35,308 Annual Salary

On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor unveiled its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) recommending a scaled-back compromise to a controversial 2016 Obama-era overtime rule.

by Rachel Dix Bishop, Shannon Antle Hamilton, and Rebecca A. Weis March 08, 2019
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The Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Second Chance Hiring

Whether it is manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, farming, or the tech industry, employers all over the country are scrambling to find and retain qualified workers. The Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program is an option to help facilitate contact between employers who are experiencing labor shortages with those individuals who struggle to find employment. The WOTC provides economic incentive to employers to hire workers from targeted groups.

by Shannon Antle Hamilton February 19, 2019
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Stites & Harbison Promotes Five Attorneys in 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC announced today that five attorneys have been promoted within the law firm effective January 2019.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 04, 2019
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Stites & Harbison Recognized as Client Service Leader in BTI Client Service A-Team 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—BTI Consulting Group recently selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC as a client service leader in the prestigious BTI Client Service A-Team 2019: The Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 27, 2018
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Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 42 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2019 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 33 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and nine attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 07, 2018
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Ten Stites & Harbison Attorneys Honored by 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The 2018 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored 10 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys. Five attorneys were named to the Super Lawyers list and five were named to the Rising Stars list. Of...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 27, 2018
Events

Women Leaders in Insurance 2018 Conference

Date: 10/19/18

Marriott Louisville East Hotel, 1903 Embassy Square Blvd., Louisville, KY 40299

Established in 2002, Women Leaders in Insurance & Financial Services (WLI) has evolved into one of the premier opportunities for insurance and financial services women in our region and beyond — from Florida to Michigan — and we grow every year.

Shannon Antle Hamilton August 27, 2018
Client Alerts

Sixth Circuit rules "tender back" doctrine inapplicable to Title VII and the Equal Pay Act

In a divided opinion, the Sixth Circuit recently ruled that the common law “tender back” doctrine is inconsistent with the remedial purposes of Title VII and the Equal Pay Act (“EPA”).

by Shannon Antle Hamilton and Robin E. McGuffin August 21, 2018