Peter Rich

Peter Rich

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

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NLRB Tightens Arbitration Deferral Standards

The National Labor Relations Board (“Board” or “NLRB”) has long limited its involvement in disputes between employers and unions concerning labor agreements that provide for binding arbitration where the disputes involve...more

3/5/2015 - Arbitration Babcock & Wilcox Construction Contract Disputes Deferral Standard Employer Liability Issues NLRB Unfair Labor Practices

SuperVision Today - February 2015

In this edition of SuperVision Today, Carrie Harris examines how a recent Fourth Circuit decision on the scope of harassment could apply to you, Milind Dongre reviews a recent United States Supreme Court decision regarding...more


Enforcing a "Fair Day's Pay" - What Can You Do in the Face of This Initiative

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced in late 2012 it was launching a multi-year wage and hour enforcement initiative on Marcellus Shale contractors operating in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Following that...more

1/22/2015 - DOL Employer Liability Issues Marcellus Shale Oil & Gas Strategic Enforcement Plan Wage and Hour

The Shale Play Today - January 2015

In This Issue: - Enforcing a "Fair Day's Pay" - What Can You Do in the Face of This Initiative? - Pennsylvania Finds Naturally Occurring Radiation from Gas Drilling Poses Little Threat - Washington County...more

1/21/2015 - Carbon Emissions DOL Fracking Methane Oil & Gas Strategic Enforcement Plan Utica Shale Wage and Hour

Recent Developments for Federal Contractors

Companies and individuals seeking to do business with the federal government have been targeted in the “year of action” promised by President Barack Obama. The President has taken steps to impose a number of additional labor...more

8/21/2014 - Barack Obama Disclosure Requirements Discrimination EEO-1 Employer Liability Issues Executive Orders Federal Contractors Labor Law Violations Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Wage and Hour

SuperVision Today - August 2014

In This Issue: - Recent Developments for Federal Contractors - The Fate of Obamacare Premium Tax Credits - Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity the Next Protected Class? - EEOC Ratchets Up Focus on Pregnancy...more

8/18/2014 - Affordable Care Act EEOC Employee Rights Federal Contractors Gender Identity Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination Protected Class Sexual Orientation Discrimination Tax Credits

Pay for Time Spent Donning and Doffing Protective Gear

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp., No. 12-417 (January 27, 2014) should serve as an impetus for all employers to review their pay practices with respect to paying employees for...more

2/26/2014 - Collective Bargaining FLSA Protective Gear Sandifer v U.S. Steel Corp SCOTUS Unions Wage and Hour Workplace Attire

SuperVision Today - February 2014

Notes from the Chair and Executive Editor - The year 2014 marks Spilman Thomas & Battle's 150th anniversary. While we pause to reflect on our first 150 years, we are also looking forward to how we will create our next...more

2/20/2014 - Compliance Employee Benefits Employee Rights Legislative Agendas

Primer on West Virginia State Law Labor and Employment Claims

On January 4, 2013, Judge Irene M. Keeley of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order that partially granted the Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment...more

3/1/2013 - Appeals Dismissal With Prejudice Federal Question Jurisdiction FLSA FMLA Hiring & Firing Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Summary Judgment Termination Wage and Hour Wages

SuperVision Today - 1st Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Notes from the Chair & Executive Editor - Immigration Reform May Affect All Employers - Primer on West Virginia State Law Labor and Employment Claims? - Taking a Look at the Latest on Affordable...more

2/27/2013 - Affordable Care Act Flight Crews FLSA FMLA Immigration Reform Military Caregiver Leave Military Leave Veterans Wage and Hour Wage Payment and Collection Act

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