Areas of Practice
The multifaceted Employment and Labor Law Group counsels private, public, and quasi-governmental clients in the complex issues of the employment process from hiring to termination. By encouraging and facilitating preventive practices, the group assists clients in creating and maintaining effective employment policies and employee handbooks.
The litigation practice of the Employment and Labor Law Group handles all types of claims. Known for its sophisticated trial techniques and mediation/arbitration skills, the group has achieved recognition for results in matters involving:
- Employment discrimination
- Representation before federal and state administrative agencies
- Wrongful discharge
- ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Other federal and state claims involving private and public employers
- Civil rights cases involving state action under Section 1983
- Title VII
This group acts as a team to handle the varied and complex issues facing employers in South Carolina, such as:
- Employment and Labor litigation
- Alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
- Employee discipline and disability management
- Compliance counseling
- In-house training
- Policy preparation
- Implementing and updating employee handbooks
The group’s attorneys assist clients in creative ways to establish client-specific policies, including the in-house audit. Members of the group conduct an on-premises review of the employer’s operations to assure practical implementation of policies and procedures.
The group’s range and depth of experience is exemplified by the various accomplishments of its members, including
- Certification in Employment and Labor Law by the South Carolina Supreme Court
- Membership in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)
- Members in the American Board of Trial Advocates,
- Super Lawyers
- Best Lawyers
- Editorship of a national newsletter on employment and labor law
- Certification as mediators for alternative dispute resolution
- Members of the Steering Committee of the Employment and Labor Law Section of ALFA International, an association of law firms that provides a network to enhance the group’s ability to provide advice, litigation support, and coordination in states outside of South Carolina.
Clement Rivers, LLP is a member of the nationally recognized ALFA International, Global Legal Network, Inc. Carol B. Ervin, chair of the Employment and Labor group is on the Board of Directors of ALFA International and currently serves as Vice Chair of the organization.
ALFA International is a global network of independent business focused law firms. Founded in 1980, ALFA International is the oldest legal network and remains one of the largest and strongest. The ALFA organization is comprised of 145 member firms with 85 members in the United States and 60 members in South and Latin America, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Australia/New Zealand and throughout Asia. The ALFA reach is a broad one. In the United States, ALFA member firms maintain offices in 95 of the 100 largest metropolitan areas.
- Shawn Wallace, partner and Employment Law attorney at Clement Rivers, LLP, has written an update on employment and labor. To read this update, click here
- Carol B. Ervin and Wilbur E. Johnson have been asked to speak on September 30, 2013 at a National Business Institute seminar entitled: “Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now.” Carol’s topic is ‘Wage and Benefit Issues’ and Wilbur’s topic is ‘The Affordable Care Act and Other Developments in Employment Law.’ The seminar will be held at the Town & Country Inn & Conference Center in Charleston. You may click on www.nbi-sems.com for additional details and registration information.