Department of Labor establishes new rule

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019 the U.S. Department of Labor made a final rule which, among other things, increases the minimum salary threshold required for employees to be classified as “exempt” under the white… Read More

Lessons Learned from Maternity Leave

Leslie Lasher is an employment law attorney with the Forrest Firm. Earlier this year, she had her second child and took 12 weeks of maternity leave. In April, Leslie returned to the firm with… Read More

HR Alert: New Form I-9 Available from USCIS

By Leslie Lasher Last week, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) released a new Form I-9. The Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired… Read More

Employee Leave: Reviewing the Basics

By Leslie Lasher Employers often find themselves in legal entanglements regarding the administration of leave policies. I often receive questions about how or whether the employer is required to provide different types of… Read More


By Leslie Lasher One of the first considerations when hiring new employees is ensuring that they are properly classified as employees or contractors. While many businesses perceive classification as an area of simplicity,… Read More


By Leslie Lasher A standard piece of advice employment lawyers always give is to “follow your policy.” That tiny piece of advice just became a lot more important for public employers, as the… Read More