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Labor and Employment

Labor and Employment


Relationship Focused. Results driven.

Smith Moore Leatherwood's Labor and Employment Practice Group is one of the most experienced in the region. Recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of the top Labor and Employment firms in North Carolina, Smith Moore Leatherwood also has the unique advantage of being a full-service law firm with industry specific groups focused on health care, hospitality, manufacturing, sports & entertainment, real estate, technology, and transportation. This bench strength allows us to meet the needs of our clients in a comprehensive way. We are partners, who understand what you do and care about your business.

Our attorneys practice in the areas of employment litigation, labor relations, Human Resources counseling and training, employee benefits, immigration, workers' compensation, and OSHA. Our clients range from small businesses to multi-national Fortune 500 companies and include technology, manufacturing, hospitality, and transportation companies, health care providers, governmental entities, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations.

The Labor and Employment Team provides practical and proactive counseling, training and service to our clients, covering the broad spectrum of issues that may arise before, during and after the employment relationship. We strongly encourage clients to adopt a forward-looking approach to employee relations to achieve desired business results while avoiding unnecessary litigation.

Should litigation arise, however, attorneys in the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group include some of the firm's most experienced trial lawyers, who have extensive experience in both state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies. We are Effective. Innovative. Practical. We are a part of your Team.

The Inside Perspective Newsletter

The Inside Perspective, Smith Moore Leatherwood's e-newsletter, provides practical legal guidance for Executives and HR Professionals relating to new or recurring employment issues.  Click here...

Money Minute

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Thought Leadership


April 6, 2018
January 4, 2018
July 10, 2017
The Department of Labor Throws Out Guidance Documents, Transportation Industry Newsletter
April 12, 2017
February 27, 2017
January 17, 2017
Coming Soon: Mandatory New I-9 Form, The Inside Perspective
January 4, 2017
December 9, 2016
November 21, 2016
October 27, 2016
July 1, 2016
May 19, 2016
April 21, 2015
July 8, 2014
June 20, 2014
August 6, 2013
July 31, 2013
July 2, 2013
May 1, 2013
January 7, 2013
Polishing Your Policies for 2013, The Inside Perspective
January 12, 2011
November 22, 2011
September 10, 2011
July 1, 2011
Discipline or Discharge?, SML Perspectives
July 1, 2011
May 23, 2011
January 11, 2011
December 17, 2010
GINA Comes of Age, The Inside Perspective
December 14, 2010
May 24, 2010
Should We Mediate The Charge?, The Inside Perspective
March 3, 2010
He's Not My Employee! Or Is He?, The Inside Perspective
October 12, 2009
September 21, 2009
August 31, 2009
Controlling The Tweets Of Twitter, The Inside Perspective
March 2009
February 1, 2009
January 2009
December 2008
New FMLA Rules: Update Your Policies, The Inside Perspective
November 2008
October 2008
Allowing Employees Time-Off To Vote, The Inside Perspective
September 2008
March 2008
Older Retirees and Health Care Costs, The Inside Perspective
February 2008
November 2007
October 2007
July 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
September 2006
Is There A Doctor In The House?, The Inside Perspective
July 2006
All Hail E-Mail?, The Inside Perspective
July 2006
April 2006
Alcohol Awareness at Work, The Inside Perspective
March 2006
Religion In The Workplace, The Inside Perspective
February 2006
Wage Withholdings, The Inside Perspective
January 2006
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
May 2005
Beware the Blogger, The Inside Perspective
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
It's That Time Of Year Again, The Inside Perspective
December 2004
November 2004
September 2004
July 2004
Employee Mental Health Issues, The Inside Perspective
May 2004
New Overtime Rule Announced, The Inside Perspective
March 2004
February 2004




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"Even though I've watched webinars and read white papers on the topics addressed, it's not until Alex [Maultsby] and Patti [Ramseur] shared their insights that I feel a confidence in my understanding of the key issues."

- Labor and Employment client, 2017

"For many Human Resources professionals in the area, including through local chapters of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP team is considered the … go-to resource for employment law legal counsel. The group's training seminars usually fill to capacity very quickly, and often result in the host organization needing to upgrade to larger facilities to accommodate the response."

- Labor & Employment client, 2017


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