Labor and Employment Law Section

The section focuses on all traditional labor relations issues and matters arising in individual employment rights. A continuing legal education seminar on employment law issues is sponsored annually by the section, as is a regular newsletter.

Burnette, Dobson & Pinchak
711 Cherry Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Working Boomer Advocate
254 Court Avenue, Suite 212
Memphis, TN 38103
Immediate Past Chair
Fisher Phillips, LLP
1715 Aaron Brenner Drive, Suite 312
Memphis, TN 38120
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

Federal Judge Rules Furloughed Workers Must Stay On Job During Shutdown

A Washington, D.C., judge ruled yesterday that federal workers who are not getting paid because of a government shutdown must continue to do their jobs, NPR reports. The workers had sued for a temporary restraining order that would remove the obligation to go to work if they were not being paid. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon denied the workers' request for a restraining order that would require the government to pay its employees or allow them to stay home, saying it would be "profoundly irresponsible" to issue an order that would keep thousands of workers off the job.
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Tennessee Construction Company Ordered to Pay More than $500,000 Following DOL Investigation

Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, Reynolds Baldwin III – doing business as Copperhead Construction LLC – was ordered by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee to pay $501,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to 82 employees to resolve various violations. The department’s investigation details instances when Baldwin and his company illegally altered time records of employees to pay for fewer hours than actually worked and revealed that the company did not pay overtime when employees worked more than 40 hours in a work week. Additionally, Baldwin did not maintain accurate records of hours worked and failed to display required posters in the workplace. Read additional details in the department’s news release.

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