Humble Law Client Obtains Ruling in Employment Case Against State of Alabama DHR

An Alabama Federal Court recently issued a ruling in favor of Humble Law, LLC client Brad Sims in a lawsuit filed against his former employer, the State of Alabama Department of Human Resources.  The ruling denied efforts by the State to dismiss Sims’ federal employment law claims. Following a distinguished career, Sims retired from the Blount County DHR in early [...]

By |January 31st, 2018|Employment Law|

The Pros and Cons of Progressive Discipline Procedures in the Georgia Workplace

A progressive discipline policy gives an employee a clear expectation of what should happen when a company directive is violated, or when an expectation is not met.  In such a policy, the severity of the penalty increases with each employee infraction.  Typically, the policy includes steps as follows:  an initial verbal warning, a written warning, suspension and, ultimately, termination.  [...]

By |January 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|

DOL Violations Will Cost More in 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor has increased civil penalties for violations of federal labor laws by an average of two percent for 2018. The increase comes as a response to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which requires government agencies to adjust maximum penalties for inflation. However, some experts believe the increases are also [...]

By |January 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Expectant Mother Working: Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions as unlawful sex discrimination.  Pregnant women are further protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as pregnancy can be recognized as a short-term disability when pregnancy-related impairments substantially limit a major life [...]

By |January 22nd, 2018|Employment Law, Pregnancy Discrimination|

Why is A Neutral Employment Reference Important?

Most of us will change jobs at least once during our working lives. Some of those changes will be amicable, and others may not. Whatever the reason, if you are offered a separation or severance agreement, there are a lot of factors to be considered. Upon the termination of your employment, you may be presented a severance or separation [...]

By |January 17th, 2018|Employment Law|

Retaliation: What is “Protected Activity?”

Retaliation occurs when your employer takes actions that have a negative impact on your employment because you engaged in legally protected activity. Retaliation is meant to deter a reasonable person from complaining, and it is illegal.  There are certain topics an employee has the right to discuss, such as discrimination and harassment.  Asserting these federally protected rights is protected [...]

By |January 15th, 2018|Employment Law|