Author Archives: Elizabeth Sigler

About Elizabeth Sigler

Elizabeth Sigler is an Associate with Stanton Law LLC. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Davie Scholar, where she earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish. Her studies at UNC included a semester at the University of Havana in Havana, Cuba. She is also a graduate of Georgia State University College of Law, where she served as Articles Editor of the Georgia State University Law Review. While in law school Elizabeth clerked at both the U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Solicitor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Hearings Unit, where she researched and analyzed a wide variety of federal employment issues. Elizabeth focuses her practice on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including representing and advising employers in claims involving hiring, wage, and leave disputes; discrimination; harassment; retaliation; and occupational safety and health.

FLSA Changes: Are You Ready?

Employment Law Quick Hits

Affordable Care Act The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Fourth Circuit Court decision in King v. Burwell, holding that individuals who get their health insurance through the federal government exchange will be eligible for tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The decision leaves employers in largely the same position they’ve faced since ACA’s passage, though it clarifies that they cannot avoid shared responsibility penalties     Continue reading

Update: What Recent NLRB Activity Means for Employee Handbooks and Policies

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has recently released decisions and guidance with potentially significant implications for employee handbooks. These new developments are of mixed weight, and some we expect may eventually be more critical to incorporate than others. Regular review of your handbook by an employment attorney helps ensure that your company is up to date on these and other legal changes. This update     Continue reading

Addressing Ebola in the Workplace: Fears and Facts

Ebola is on the minds of many in recent months, so it is perhaps unsurprising that HR managers have been bombarded with questions about how their companies will respond. OSHA and the CDC have released guidelines for specific high-risk sectors primarily aimed at disease prevention and control, but little guidance exists for workplaces where the risks are less direct. Below is an overview of major     Continue reading

New EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues

Last month the EEOC published new enforcement guidance on the application of federal laws prohibiting discrimination to pregnant employees in the workplace. The agency takes the position that employers must reasonably accommodate certain temporary impairments arising out of pregnancy that may be considered “disabilities” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It further states that a failure to make such accommodation implicates not only the ADA,     Continue reading

Georgia’s Newest Gun Legislation – A Good Reason to Review Your Policies

Georgia General Assembly Bills 826 and 60 were signed by Governor Nathan Deal April 22 and 23, respectively, and represent the latest wave of legislation addressed to gun ownership and possession in Georgia. HB 60, or the “Safe Carry Protection Act” has been referred to by critics as the “Guns Everywhere” Law, notably expanding the universe of authorized places licensed owners may carry guns to     Continue reading

President Obama Targets “White Collar” Exemptions in Bid to Expand Overtime and Minimum Wage

Last Thursday, President Obama announced his directive to the Department of Labor to begin the process of revising federal regulations to expand the number of Americans eligible for overtime under Fair Labor Standards Act. He specifically targeted the “white collar” exemptions from overtime, including the administrative, executive, and professional exemptions. Currently, employers paying certain employees performing certain types of duties a weekly salary of $455     Continue reading

Benefits Basics: Decoding the Alphabet Soup of Plan Documents

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is a complex and detailed federal law governing the administration of employee benefits. ERISA’s application to a particular plan is itself a complex issue, but the law generally governs pension, “welfare benefit,” and profit sharing plans employers offer their employees, and is supplemented by other federal statutes with which you may be already familiar, such as HIPAA and     Continue reading

Automatic Gratuities: New IRS Guidance Goes Into Effect January 2014

Beginning January 2014, the IRS will begin enforcing guidance it published in a June 2012 ruling classifying automatic gratuities on restaurant checks as service charges and not tips. Many restaurants include automatic gratuities on checks for large parties or in the event of special promotions or discounts (Groupon or Scoutmob deals, for example) to ensure that servers get fair tips. Because automatic gratuities remove the     Continue reading

“Derailers” and Employment Liability: Or, How to Get Out of the Way Before the Train Jumps its Tracks

Much of our advice to clients flows from observing two principles of human behavior, the first being: Angry people sue. Appreciating Principle #1 often helps employers navigate turmoil (or near-turmoil) with existing employees. Having patience and taking extra steps to manage employee expectations can sometimes avert or downgrade a brewing conflict, and proactively maintaining a positive workplace often prevents conflict all together. Yet no matter     Continue reading