Employment and Workforce Law

Labor, Employment, Trade Secrets and Workplace Safety

Got employees? We’ve got solutions for you. Whether you have 3 or 3,000 employees, Morningstar Law Group’s employment lawyers can help you navigate the complicated and ever-changing regulatory pressures that naturally occur in a business environment. We help companies make legally and organizationally sound human resources decisions, and then advocate on their behalf when the government, competitors or employees challenge those decisions.

In the conference room, in the board room, or in the court room, our employment attorneys will be by your side, helping you make decisions and take actions grounded in sound legal principles, business practicality and efficiency.

Organizational change is inevitable. Let us partner with you to meet your organizational goals.

Our experience in employment law includes:

  • Advice to management with respect to a broad range of human resources, trade secret protection and workplace safety matters, including:
    • Organizational structure
    • Roles and positions
    • Recruiting
    • Hiring and employment separations
    • Supervision and training of employees
    • Employment agreements
    • Workplace safety
    • Policies and procedures
    • Compensation and payroll
    • Information retention and protection
    • Social media
    • Employee mobility
    • Regulatory compliance
    • Risk avoidance
    • Reporting and documentation
    • Outsourcing / use of independent contractors and consultants
    • Human resources trends
  • Defend and advocate for companies in agency investigations and procedures, including Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigations, Employment Security Commission unemployment determinations, Department of Labor inquiries, Occupational Safety and Health Act inspections, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
  • Department of Labor, OSHA and OFCCP audits.
  • Internal investigations and advice to management teams and boards of directors with respect to risk avoidance and negotiation of disputes.
  • Employment-related due diligence with respect to business transactions, disclosures and advice, contract drafting and negotiation of disputes.
  • Training of management and employees on a wide variety of human resources topics.
  • Reductions in force, layoffs and reorganizations.
  • Drafting and review of thousands of employment policies and procedures.
  • Drafting, review, and negotiation of hundreds of agreements, including employment contracts; confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation covenants; confidentiality, trade secrets, invention assignment and non-disclosure agreements; employee assignment (ex-patriot) and secondment policies and agreements.
  • Drafting, review and negotiation of hundreds of separation agreements and severance packages for departing employees.
  • Negotiation of PEO (Professional Employment Organization) contracts and relationships.
  • Enforcement of non-compete employment and stock restriction agreements with departing employees and shareholders.
  • Coordination of services for inter-state and international legal employment needs for a wide variety of clients.
  • Defense of employment discrimination (race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, FMLA, retaliation claims), religious and disability accommodation, FLSA/wage and hour, wrongful discharge, civil rights and other lawsuits filed in state and federal courts in various states, including North Carolina, Georgia, Delaware, California, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
  • Representation of local, regional, national and international companies in prosecution, defense and negotiation of actions to enforce non-compete agreements, tortious interferenceand employee duties of loyalty in state and federal courts in various states, FINRA and private arbitrations and international venues.
  • Representation of companies in prosecution and defense of claims of corporate raiding of employees and misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets in federal and state courts, FINRA arbitrations and private arbitration venues.
  • Representation of real estate management and developers in disability public accommodation disputes and lawsuits.

Our Employment Lawyers include:

Amie Flowers Carmack

Harrison ‘Hank’ M. Gates



Let Morningstar’s employment attorneys support your human resources department. Learn how our experience and practical approach will keep your business running smoothly. Contact us today.

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