Bowles Rice's Labor and Employment Practice Group has been recognized nationally by U.S. News & World Report's Best Law Firms and Chambers USA, and also as a "Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies" by American Lawyer Media in Fortune magazine. We assist employers in all industries, with every aspect of the employer-employee relationship, including matters involving employment, employee benefits and occupational injury law.
We understand the impact labor and employment issues have on the operations of a business. This allows us to use our comprehensive experience to develop tailored strategies to achieve client-defined results.
We routinely represent employers in hearings, trials and appeals in both state and federal courts, and before federal and state administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals. This representation includes claims of discrimination, retaliation or harassment based on age, race, gender, religion, ancestry, national origin, veterans' status and disability; workers' compensation discrimination; sexual harassment; wrongful and retaliatory discharge; wage and hour; ERISA; Family and Medical Leave Act; breach of contract and noncompetition covenants; defamation and invasion of privacy; and unemployment compensation.
Counseling for the Success of Our Clients
We regularly partner with our clients to assist them in preventing or managing problems in the workplace. Some of the preventative measures we provide include human resource audits, conducting employee training, drafting and revising personnel policies and procedures, drafting and modifying employment contracts, and providing advice on complex employment decisions.
Training and Seminars
We conduct training for employers on many diverse employment topics. Our training is tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients. Some examples of the topics covered in our training include:
- Sexual harassment
- The interplay between the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and Workers' Compensation Act
- Reasonable accommodation
- Wage and hour law compliance
- Employee discipline and discharge
- Workplace privacy issues
- Employee benefit issues and developments
- Alcohol and drug testing policies
- Military leave issues
- November 18, 2013
- July 9, 2012
Presentations & Events
- Presentation: “An Overview of the West Virginia Ethics Act and the Open Governmental Proceedings Act” by Pamela J. FerrellPublic Service District Board Member TrainingBridgeport, West Virginia, April 6, 2017
- Presentation: “Parliamentary Procedure and Tools for Meeting Management: A Guide to Effective Meeting” by Pamela J. FerrellPublic Service District Board Member TrainingBridgeport, West Virginia, April 6, 2017
- Presentation: Employment Law 101 by Pamela J. FerrellParkersburg, West Virginia, September 21, 2016
- Presentation: Employment Law 101 by Pamela J. FerrellRoane County Chamber of Commerce, Spencer, West Virginia, September 15, 2016
- Presentation: Employment Law 101Glenville State College, June 29, 2016
- Presentation: The U.S. Department of Labor's New Wage and Hour RulesCharleston, West Virginia, April 19, 2016
- Presentation: Update on West Virginia LawValley Health Systems, February 4, 2016
Articles & Alerts
- March 15, 2018
- March 12, 2018
- March 7, 2018
- March 1, 2018
- February 23, 2018
- Bowles Rice Labor and Employment e-Alert, July 27, 2017
- "Faragher and Ellerth Defense of Avoidable Consequences in Relation to the West Virginia Human Rights Act" by Pamela J. FerrellDefense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Notebook of Articles, 2017
- “Question Presented: Are Class Arbitration Waivers of Employment-Related Claims Illegal and Unenforceable Under the FAA?,” by J. Tyler MayhewDefense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Notebook of Articles, 2017.
- April 6, 2016
- Labor and Employment Legislative Summary, March 14, 2016
- Labor and Employment Legislative Summary, March 16, 2015
- Employment Law Alert, May 21, 2014
- "Desmond v. PNGI Charles Town Gaming, LLC: A Case Study in Calculating Unpaid Overtime Compensation When an Employee is Misclassified as FLSA Exempt" by Julie R. ShankDefense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Notebook of Articles, 2011