The Employment Law Service Group practices much like a “boutique firm” within Stites & Harbison. From workforce-reduction issues to dealing with the Family Medical Leave Act and everything in between, the Employment Law Service Group at Stites & Harbison focuses on providing clients with creative, competitive, and cost-effective employment law solutions. Our group’s diverse and experienced attorneys know that responsiveness in helping employers avoid immediate employment law problems is critical. Clients can count on a high level of service with a seamless team approach from our offices in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia.
Our group is dedicated to providing employers with vigorous and zealous defense of all employee-driven lawsuits. Many of the group's attorneys have extensive first-chair trial experience before arbitrators, judges and juries in both employment matters and in business litigation, and are adept at developing and implementing first chair strategy.
The members of our group also understand when it is in the client's best interest to reach a settlement in order to prevent extensive litigation. We will not hesitate to recommend and facilitate as favorable resolution for the client as quickly as possible.
In addition to handling EEOC and state administrative charges, the group litigates complex civil suits involving a wide variety of federal and state discrimination claims, including cases alleging:
- Sex, age, race, religion, or national origin discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Wrongful discharge
- Wage and hour disputes
In litigation involving the breach of covenants-not-to-compete, confidentiality agreements, and nonsolicitation agreements, our seasoned litigators successfully prosecute and defend TROs and other injunctive-relief motions at both the state and federal levels.
Applying in-depth litigation knowledge to develop practical preventative-counseling solutions for clients is another strength of our group. We also provide materials to fit specific client needs for in-house training. Group members regularly draft and review employment documents including employee handbooks, employee contracts, and severance agreements.
Our attorneys are frequent speakers on a variety of employment law topics, and have authored numerous articles on employment law issues. The group also regularly sends out Client-Alerts via e-mail to ensure our clients receive up-to-date information in employment-law developments that could impact their businesses.
Several members of our group have also authored treatises on employment law and personnel practice published by the state Chamber of Commerce.
The Employment Law Service Group is always "on the job for you."
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 06/30/20
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.”
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.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 19 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2020 guide.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Nashville Bar Foundation recently named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Lauren Paxton Roberts as a Fellow.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, effective April 1, 2020, requires certain public employers and private employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide E-FMLA and Emergency Paid Sick Leave to eligible employees. Employers must notify current employees of these benefits by circulating the official Notice of Employee Rights published by the Department of Labor.
On March 18, 2020, Congress passed the Families First Corona Virus Response Act. This broad-reaching legislation addresses several workplace issues related to the emergency circumstances brought about by COVID-19.
Navigating an employee’s request for an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) can feel like walking a tightrope—an employee’s requested accommodation may appear to exceed the limits of all reasonableness, but it can be difficult to know when an employer can finally say “no” without fear of liability. A recent decision from the Sixth Circuit provides helpful guidance on this issue.
Employers are now dealing with the very real possibility of a coronavirus pandemic in the United States. When an “epidemic” becomes global, it becomes a “pandemic.” Employers need to develop plans now for effectively responding to employee concerns in the event of a pandemic.
The Tennessee Supreme Court, in an opinion published February 26, 2020, upheld Tennessee’s statutory cap on noneconomic damages in civil cases, codified at Tenn. Code Ann. § 29-39-102, which generally limits noneconomic damages, including pain and suffering, permanent injury, and loss of enjoyment of life, to $750,000.
On February 26, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued its final rule on the standard for determining joint-employer status for businesses and employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”).
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Louisville Bar Association Bar Center, 600 West Main Street, Suite 110, Louisville, KY 40202
Demetrius Holloway, chair of the firm's Diversity Committee, will be a speaker at this luncheon discussing the lack of diversity in law.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney S. Kelly Gilliam back to the firm’s Louisville, Ky., office. He will rejoin the Construction Service Group and Employment Law Service Group as Counsel.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Governor Andy Beshear appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Demetrius Holloway to the Kentucky Personnel Board to serve a term expiring January 1, 2024.
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Gardens of Park Hills, 1622 Dixie Highway, Park Hills, Kentucky 41011
Covington office attorney Allyson Cook will be a speaker at the October Luncheon of the Northern Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management
On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the Department of Labor revealed the final version of its overtime exemption rule.
This is a reminder to covered employers that the September 30, 2019, deadline for filing the EEO-1 Component 2 Data is just 10 days away.
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.