Howard A. Mavity: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Howard A. Mavity

Atlanta,  GA  U.S.A.
Phone(404) 240-4204

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Construction Law
  • Drug Testing
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act - OSHA
  • Hospital Law
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Management-Union Relations
University Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, B.A., cum laude, 1981
Law SchoolVanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN, J.D., 1984
Admitted1984, Georgia

Professional Activities
Howard has been involved with Associated General Contractors of America for over 20 years. He serves on the AGC National Safety Committee and the Georgia and Carolinas AGC Safety Committees. He is involved with AGC Chapters in Kansas City, St. Louis, Houston, Alabama, and Cleveland. He has been one of the three instructors at the AGC's Advanced Safety Management Training Class for over five years. He is also a member of the Charlotte Area Hospitality Association, the ABA-OSHA Section, the NFPA, and various Chambers of Commerce.


Howard Mavity is a partner in the Atlanta office. He co-chairs the firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group.

He draws upon his past business experience in transportation, logistics, construction, and industrial supply to work with clients as a business partner, and focuses on eliminating employee problems by commonsense management.

Howard has provided counsel for over 225 occasions of union activity, guided unionized companies, and has managed approximately 500 OSHA fatality cases in construction and general industry, ranging from dust explosions to building collapses, in virtually every state.

He has coordinated complex inspections involving multi-employer sites, corporate-wide compliance, and issues involving criminal referral. Howard is active in rulemaking and dealings with federal and state OSHA and other agencies.

He oversees audits of corporate labor, HR, and safety compliance. He also responds to virtually every type of day-to-day workplace inquiry, and has handled cases before the EEOC, OFCCP, NLRB, and numerous other state and federal agencies.

Howard frequently speaks to business associations, bar groups, and professional groups. He also lectures and conducts training for numerous private and governmental employers and speaks at a national MBA program.

Howard is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and he has been featured as one of the Georgia Super Lawyers in theAtlanta Magazinesurvey since 2004 and in the 2006 Georgia Trend Magazine,Georgia Legal Elite.

In 2013 he was named one of the 50 Most Influential EHS Leaders byEHS Today.He is also co-editor of the firm's Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog .

The Legacy Of Warren Bennis: Good Leadership Changes Over Time August 18, 2014

The Pragmatic Lawyer's View of Building a Safety Culture August 5, 2014

Distribution & Supply Chains In The Crosshairs: The DOL's Focus On Contractors & Temps July 1, 2014

The Ongoing Struggle to Implement Workplace Anti-Bullying Policies June 10, 2014

Job Safety and Risk Factors in Construction June 9, 2014

Staying Out Of The Danger Zone May 21, 2014

My Supervisor Violated the OSHA Standard. What Do I Do Now? April 7, 2014

Is OSHA's Temp Worker Initiative Foreshadowing Things To Come? April 7, 2014

9 Things You Absolutely Must Do If You Have An OSHA Inspection April 3, 2014

Avoiding Discrimination Claims in Construction March 21, 2014

Blackfish: The Role of Trust and Appearance in Safety Enforcement March 14, 2014

Sometimes (Especially in California), the Wrong Shoes Can Really Cost You February 17, 2014

Tips For Off-Site Employee Safety January 17, 2014

Wash Your *!&# Hands! Employers And The Flu January 6, 2014

Safely And Legally Managing Your Workers Wherever They Are: Tips For Off-Site Employee Safety December 13, 2013

I'm Just In HR, So How Do I Counsel My Boss and Keep My Job? October 21, 2013

Confusion About the Shutdown's Effect On OSHA May Trip Up Employers October 11, 2013

Confusion About the Shutdown's Effect On OSHA May Trip Up Employers October 11, 2013

Is Employee Fatigue the Greatest Problem We Face? September 13, 2013

Do You Really Know How To Manage An OSHA Inspection? August 30, 2013

Even When Supervisors Foul Up, OSHA Has to Prove Their Case August 21, 2013

Why Do Employees Choose to Get Hurt? August 1, 2013

New Labor Secretary, NLRB Point to More Activist Workplace Regulation July 19, 2013

Bad Judgment by an Employee? They May Just Not be Getting Enough Sleep July 19, 2013

Whistleblower Wins $820,000 Settlement Against OSHA June 21, 2013

Employers Hesitate To Discipline Workers For Safety June 11, 2013

Why Safety Requires Consistent Discipline June 5, 2013

The Challenge in Dealing With OSHA in a Multi-Employer Settings May 20, 2013

Survey Offers a Glimpse Into the Safety Culture of General Contractors April 15, 2013

Attorney Howard Mavity Discusses Leading and Lagging Indicators and OSHA April 15, 2013

OSHA Warning: Don't Get Caught in the Trap March 1, 2013

Sick-Leave Policies for Flu Season and Beyond January 31, 2013

OSHA: Don't Get Caught in the Trap of Rewarding Employees for Reducing Recordables! September 10, 2012

Fines For Worker Safety Vary At Midstate Companies October 21, 2011

Responding to Combined OSHA and DOL Enforcement April 1, 2011

Panoramic View: Don't Be Caught Unprepared for Pandemic Challenges September 1, 2009

Paying for Safety: Sizing Up OSHA's Final Rule on Payment for Personal Protective Equipment January 7, 2008

Screening Out the Walking Lawsuit August 1, 2006

Preparing For Union Embarrassment Tactics

Happiness At Work
SOS HR Lifeline Magazine
December 1, 2013

Remembering Mandela: His Three Timeless Workplace Lessons
December 6, 2013

Quotes and Soundbites
Drug Use Up Among Workers September 19, 2014

In Case Of Workplace Accident, Increase OSHA Reporting September 16, 2014

OSHA Referral Pact To Extend NLRB's Reach May 22, 2014

Companies That Share Information Build the Culture They Want March 7, 2014

Howard Mavity Blog Post Featured On January 30, 2014

OSHA Wish List for 2014 January 28, 2014

Labor & Employment Digest: March 2014 January 27, 2014

Howard Mavity Article Wash Your *!&# Hands! Employers And The Flu, Featured In Converge January 9, 2014

Will OSHA's Shame Game Improve Workplace Safety? January 8, 2014

Legal Concerns Arise At Workplaces Waging Flu Fight December 18, 2013

With Shutdown Over, OSHA Returns to Full Enforcement and Standard-Setting Mode October 17, 2013

Two Reasons to Make Your Employees Wear Safety Equipment October 15, 2013

Newsletter Articles
The New Union-Organizing Tool ... Embarrassment September 1, 2014

Wash Your *!&# Hands! Employers And The Flu December 3, 2013

How To Manage An OSHA Inspection November 5, 2013

Do I Have To Treat My Employees Like Kids? Uh... Sometimes October 1, 2013

Why Would Employees Tease About Nooses In 2013? June 1, 2013

Cussing Out Your Employee May Get You Sued...By OSHA? April 1, 2013

Pyrrhic Victories March 1, 2013

OSHA Compliance For Restaurants December 1, 2011

UNITE-HERE Ups The Ante Against Hotels December 1, 2010

The Lucky 13 September 1, 2010

Multiple Embarrassing OSHA Citations: The Next Union Organizing Tactic? June 1, 2010


The First National Forum On HR In Manufacturing
November 5, 2014

OSHA Changes the Recordkeeping World
October 16, 2014

Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce HR Academy
September 9, 2014

Dealing With Workplace Bullying And Misconduct While The NLRB Challenges Your Rules
July 24, 2014

Live From The AGC Of America National Safety Committee Meeting
July 17, 2014

Government Contractor Legal Potholes
June 12, 2014

Occupational Safety & Health Law Committee Midwinter Meeting
March 11, 2014

Cobb Chamber of Commerce HR Academy - Atlanta, GA
November 13, 2013

Live From the AGC National Safety Committee Meetings In Portland
July 17, 2014 Recorded in Portland

Dealing With Workplace Bullying and Misconduct While The NLRB Challenges Your Rules
July 24, 2014

Care and Feeding of Your Attorney
The Carolinas AGC Foundation Inc. session
July 31, 2014

Speaker: The Attorney's View on Proactive Safety - (Leading Indicators, Employee Engagement, and Effective Analysis)
Hot Topics for Health & Safety Professionals PDC
May 12, 2014

National Beverage Association Conference
Washington, DC
April 30, 2014

Planning For the Coming Construction Safety, HR and Recruiting Challenges
Zurich Construction Executive Roundtable- San Antonio, TX
April 29, 2014

Speaker: Five Things To Never Do and Five Things You Must Do to Avoid Safety, HR and Labor Problems and Tackling Social Media and Electronic Communications
AGC Georgia Safety & HR Conference
April 23, 2014

Ten Steps To Absolutely Improve Safety and HR Performance
Charlotte Regional Safety & Health School- Charlotte, NC
April 10-11, 2014

Speaker: Occupational Safety & Health Law Committee Meeting in Tucson
March 11 to March 14 - Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Carolinas AGC Quarterly Safety Committee Meeting
Charlotte, NC
February 13, 2014

Affordable Care Act (ACA)
National Self Insured Workers Comp Trusts - Scottsdale, AZ
February 10, 2014

OSHA's Top 10 General Industry Citations
IMPO Webinar (with NSC)
November 13, 2013

America's Safest Companies- Managing Safety-Driven Public Attacks, Third Party Complaints, and Corporate Campaigns
EHS Magazine
October 28 - 30, 2013

Unsafe Employees: Reform or Fire?
October 8, 2013.

EST 7012 - Topics in Occupational Health Management
Georgia Tech Professional Education
September 18, 2013

Hitachi - Ward Manufacturing Safety Summit - New York, NY
September 17, 2013

Safety Apps, Whistleblowers and Social Media
AGC National Safety Committee - Denver, CO
July 10-12, 2013

Advanced Legal Issues In Keeping Them Safe
Georgia ASSE One Day Professional Development Conference
May 13, 2013

Risk Management Is More Than Safety
The Association of Union Contractors (TAUC) Safety & Health Committee Meeting- Greensboro, GA
May 6, 2013

Risk Management Is More Than Safety
National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) - Myrtle Beach, S.C.
April 27, 2013

Safety Leadership Conference - Washington, D.C.
April 24-25, 2013

Construction Safety Incentives and Issues Forum
ASSE Regional Conference - Birmingham, AL
April 4, 2013

OSHA is only the Appetizer - Legal Issues Associated With Safety
Missouri Builders Association - 2013 Midwest Construction Safety Conference - Kansas City
March 14-15, 2013

Avoiding Challenges Under The ADA
Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Academy
Nov. 13, 2013

13 Steps To Improve Safety And Limit OSHA Exposure
Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Academy
November 7, 2013

Managing OSHA Inspections
November 12, 2013

The ADA, Whistleblowers and Safety; and Criminal and Civil Exposure Associated With Safety
CHRM/F&P - HR & Safety Conference - Atlanta, GA
February 21, 2013

Interaction of OSHA and HR
Concord NC SHRM Presentation - Statesville, NC
February 1, 2013

Employment Law and Safety For The Ginner and Warehouse Operator
SE Ginners Association
January 24, 2013

Legislative and Safety/Legal Updates
AGC Safety & Health Conference -Tampa, Florida
January 15, 2013

New OSHA Developments
Georgia Safety, Health & Environmental Conference - Savannah, GA
September 13, 2012

America's Safest Companies Conference -Chicago, IL
September 12, 2012

Associated Wire Rope & Fabricators - Spring Meeting - Atlanta
What's Happening With OSHA, Labor and Employment Law?
April 22 - 25, 2012

CEO's Best Practices for Safety & Employment - Albany, GA
March 7, 2012

Common Safety Lapses Produce Growing Number of Large OSHA Penalties - Webinar
October 27, 2011

HR's Crucial Role in Safety Management - Concord, NC
March 30, 2011

Labor, Employment & OSHA Update for CEO's and Executives
Construction Executives Annual Meeting (CEA), Cleveland, Ohio

Labor & Employment Changes That Will Rock Your World
AGC Georgia, Members First Meeting, Augusta, GA

Safety & Employment Law Update and Safety is More than Risk Management
AGC National National Safety Committee Meeting New Orleans

Safety, Risk Management & Labor Update
AGC/Affinity, Phoenix, AZ

Labor Considerations In Preparing For The 2012 DNC Convention
Charlotte Hospitality Association (CAHA), Charlotte, NC

Labor Law For The Safety Professional; and HR's Role In Safety Management
Carolinas AGC - Annual Safety & HR Conferences

Labor & HR Issues For The Safety Professional
AGC Georgia Annual Safety Conference Gwinnett County

Essential Labor & Employment Law For The Safety Professional
Charlotte Regional Safety School, Charlotte, Keynote Speech

Labor Challenges in 2011
AGC Georgia Members First Meeting, Dalton, Georgia
April 12, 2011

Challenges Under OSHA's New Crane Standard
AGC National, Washington, D.C., Federal Contractors Conference

Construction Management Under New Labor & Safety Challenges
AGC Colorado, Annual safety Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, Denver, Keynote Speech

Secrets From CEO's For Effective Safety Management
N.C. State Safety Conference, Greensboro, AGC Luncheon Keynote Speech

Excellence in Manufacturing: Safety, HR and Labor Issues
Manufacturer & Foundry Summit, Pennsylvania

Zurich - Construction Roundtable
New Orleans, Managing OSHA Inspections and Managing All Aspects of Risk: Safety, HR and Labor


Howard is active in the Atlanta Area Boy Scouts, the Marist School, various Hispanic outreach efforts, and his Church. He has coached and participated in adult and children's baseball, cross-country, and karate programs. He mentored Georgia Tech students.


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The New Union-Organizing Tool ... Embarrassment
Howard A. Mavity, September 10, 2014
Unions and other third parties have never before so heavily used public embarrassment as a means of organizing employees. The key to union organizing is to find a disgruntled employee who will serve as a leader and capitalize on existing workplace problems. These problems are typically compounded...

EEOC Going For More Systemic Investigations In 2014; Sound Familiar?
Howard A. Mavity, February 14, 2014
An EEOC “systemic” investigation can be as miserable as a class action lawsuit for employers. As we have discussed before, the EEOC has encouraged its management and investigators to scrutinize single claimant EEOC charges for possible expansion to an burdensome corporate wide...

OSHA Concerns For 2014?
Howard A. Mavity, February 14, 2014
Allen Smith, J.D., the manager of workplace law content for SHRM. ( @SHRMlegaleditor) recently asked three attorneys, including me, to set out our wishes and cautions for OSHA in 2014, and then wrote a good (and short!) article. My responses are below, along with some comments from some...

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1075 Peachtree Street, NE
AtlantaGA 30309


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