At Williams Kilpatrick, we know that opening and running a business takes time… and money. Many people look to online legal services to save money, but in the long run, small business owners may learn the hard way: you get what you pay for. The quality of such services has changed, largely for the better,…

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Arbitration agreements between employers and employees are common. Arbitration agreements have been the subject of many recent court decisions, including the United States Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, which upheld the enforceability of employment arbitration agreements with class action waivers.   Notably, the Supreme Court of Kentucky just issued an opinion…

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Representing religious institutions, from time to time, we get questions about the ministerial exception and its interplay with employment law. Under the ministerial exception, individuals performing the duties of a minister are exempt from the application of certain discrimination laws (for example, age, sex and disability discrimination) and, in some cases, other laws as well…

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On August 2, 2018, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (“Commission”) issued a decision in Secretary v. The American Coal Company, Docket No. LAKE 2011-13, reiterating the correct legal standard to be applied by the Commission and its administrative law judges (“ALJs”) in reviewing proposed settlements.   The Commission held that, in effectuating…

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On July 31, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision in a case Noelle Holladay True from our firm is handling, Jones Brothers, Inc. v. MSHA, Case No. 17-3483, ruling that the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (“Commission”) did not properly appoint the administrative law judge…

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There are many points of focus for business owners and managers in all industries. When we note on our employer-focused website at Williams Kilpatrick, PLLC that we routinely handle employment matters “from pre-hire through termination and all issues in between,” we are signaling a broad universe of considerations. One of those is employee misclassification. A…

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Few industries across the American landscape are as complex and fast-changing as mining. Indeed, we prominently cite to a single word on our law firm’s website to denote the essence of mining in Kentucky and nationally in the 21st century: turbulent. Although some people not closely involved with mining might think immediately of coal and…

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No matter industry, Kentucky employers, who are focused on running a profitable business, are constantly challenged by new demands. Issues and regulations relevant to employment law come quickly to mind in any assessment of owners’ concerns. We note on our website that, “The laws governing employment grow more complicated and confusing every day.” We help diverse…

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