It's a paradox: businesses cannot exist without employees. Yet employment law has become one of the most perilous aspects of operation for firms of every size and description. From dozens of regulatory agencies enforcing thousands of pages of code to all-too-human employees and managers themselves, the risks are real. And they are increasing all the time. An analysis of the filings in just one federal courthouse indicates that nearly three out of every four cases are rooted in employment law.
The Barber Law Firm's Employment Law Practice Group assists businesses in navigating these risky waters. From strategic counsel to conflict resolution to trying lawsuits, the practice group pursues a distinctive combination of efforts to keep our clients educated, informed and out of court. In rare matters that have to be tried, Barber Law Firm is staffed with one of the most experienced team of trial lawyers in the state.
Barber Law Firm attorneys help employers protect themselves and communicate with their employees by preparing and editing handbooks outlining the employment relationship, describing expectations of the parties, defining terms of separation, and providing a mechanism for dispute resolution. We educate employers on how to recognize and avoid employment-related issues before problems arise by maintaining interactive relationships with clients, including the investigation and evaluation of potential claims, conducting on-site training, and providing easy-to-read literature on employment related subjects. When unavoidable disputes turn into claims, we aggressively advocate for our clients in forums such as the EEOC, mediation, arbitration, and state and federal court.
Barber Law Firm's Employment Law Practice Group is well versed in the federal and state applications of the key legislation and regulations governing employment matters including:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC 2000(e))
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Equal Pay Act
- Civil Rights Act of 1871 (42 USC 1983)
- Arkansas Civil Rights Act (ACRA)
- Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
- Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
- Unemployment Claims, and Workers Compensation Claims
Our employment law clients include national corporations dealing with major and complex litigation to Arkansas businesses negotiating issues such as wrongful dismissal, discrimination or harassment claims and class actions. Individuals and businesses of virtually every description periodically encounter matters dealing with employment law. Clients we represent include:
- Automotive Dealerships
- Automotive Parts Retailers
- Manufacturing Companies
- Food Service Industries
- Oil Companies
- Homeowners Associations
- Distribution Companies
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Department Of Defense Contractors
- Farm Implement Dealerships
- Grocery Stores
- Physical Therapy Centers
Publishing and Presentations
The Employment Law Practice Group's attorneys regularly lead continuing legal education classes and presentations for clients, attorneys, companies and individuals in the Arkansas business community. Refer to our web site for background materials and upcoming presentations.
- "Proof of Drug Use Shifts Burden To Employees: Post-Accident Drug Tests Key In Workers' Compensation Claims" article by Michael Lee Wright, 2012
- "I Have To Pay My Employees For Doing What?" article by S. Brent Wakefield, 2011
- Record-Keeping 'Musts' For Employers article by S. Brent Wakefield, 2011
- Harmonie Group, "Arkansas Employment Legislative and Case Law Updates for 2011" by James D. Robertson and S. Brent Wakefield
- CLE program, An Employer's Guide To Crisis Management, Robert L. "Skip" Henry, III, James D. Robertson, S. Brent Wakefield
- Spradlin v. Arkansas Ethics Commission: A Hardline Approach to Separation of Powers, by James D. Robertson, 48 Arkansas Law Review 755.
- Civil Rights Time Limitations for Civil Rights Claims Continuing Violation Doctrine, by Michael L. Wright, 71 Tennessee Law Review 383.
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