John E. Thompson: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

John E. Thompson

Atlanta,  GA  U.S.A.
Phone(404) 240-4257

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Practice Areas

  • Wage and Hour Law
  • Fair Labor Standards Act - FLSA
  • Labor and Employment
  • Employment Compensation
  • Independent Contractor and Employee Status
University Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, B.A., 1975
Law SchoolUniversity of Georgia School of Law, Athens, GA, J.D., cum laude, 1978
Admitted1978, Georgia

John Thompson is a partner in the Atlanta office. His practice focuses on wage and hour law, emphasizing issues relating to minimum wage, overtime, timekeeping, and wage-payment requirements.

He assists employers in preventive efforts designed to ensure compliance, and he handles both investigations conducted by government agencies and litigation in the wage and hour area.

John has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for wage-hour matters for the State of Georgia.

He has also addressed wage-hour topics in presentations to numerous employer groups and in articles appearing in both human resources publications and industry journals.

John was recognized as an Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year byBest Lawyers in Americafor 2014. He is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been included inGeorgia Super Lawyers.

He has also been listed inThe Best Lawyers in Americasince 2006 and inChambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyerssince 2009. John is the editor of the firm's Wage & Hour Laws Blog .

Not Paying Employees On Time? It's Considered An FLSA Violation August 15, 2014

The Disinformation Surrounding the Tipped-Employee Minimum Wage April 8, 2014

School-Facilitated Internships: No Worries, Right? April 3, 2014

Opposition Is Growing to Unpaid Internships for College Credit March 25, 2014

Are You Really Paying More Than You Need To? October 10, 2013

Are You Ready To Accommodate Nursing Mothers? March 11, 2013

Misclassification in the Cross Hairs: Independent Contractors Under Fire May 20, 2010

The Legal Implications of Nontraditional Workweeks December 14, 2008

Good Intentions, Bad Idea August 1, 2007

Quotes and Soundbites
The Heat Is Getting Turned Up on Academic-Sponsored Internships March 3, 2014

Wage And Hour Laws Blog Featured On HR Idiot Blog January 30, 2014

Three Tips For Preventing Wage And Hour Lawsuits January 17, 2014

2nd Circ. May Determine Fate Of Internship Programs December 13, 2013

Bill Has Big Penalties For Misclassifying Employees December 12, 2013

Conde Nast Might Be 1st Of Many To End Internships October 23, 2013

Fox Ruling Warns Cos. Of Pitfalls In Hiring Interns June 14, 2013

Hearst Class Cert. Denial May Dry Up Flood Of Intern Suits May 9, 2013

Learning Curves May 6, 2013

Employers Can't Ignore Wage Laws In Hurricane Sandy's Wake November 1, 2012

Labor Pains September 4, 2012

Wave Of Intern Suits Warns Employers To Rethink Policies August 15, 2012

5th Circ. Ruling Paves The Way For Private FLSA Deals August 9, 2012

DOL Enforcement of Breastfeeding Law Breeds Uncertainty January 30, 2012

Supreme Court To Rule On GSK Reps' OT Status November 28, 2011

Newsletter Articles
Should The White House Be Paying Its Interns? February 3, 2014

Nursing Mother Break Requirement Spurs Investigations, Lawsuits August 1, 2013

Let's Hire An Unpaid Intern, Often A Bad Idea June 1, 2013

Can A Paid Break Become Unpaid? February 1, 2012

Hurricane Irene Leaves Wage/Hour Questions In Her Wake October 1, 2011

DOL's New Tip-Credit Interpretations June 1, 2011

The Start Of Something Big? December 1, 2010

Kitchen Tryouts Start Today . . . Or Maybe Not December 1, 2010

Are You Saving On Wage Costs By Rounding Worktime? August 1, 2010

The Vacation Nobody Wants March 1, 2009

Kampai! Sushi Chefs Ruled Eligible for Tip Pool March 1, 2009


Employment Law Updates and Forecasts
March 10, 2014

HR From The Ground Up - Chicago, IL
October 1, 2011

Avoiding Common Wage-Hour Pitfalls - Atlanta, GA
March 8, 2011

FLSA Overtime Compliance: How to Master the Art of Calculating What's Really Owed -Webinar
February 16, 2011


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Touted Developments Contradict Rationales For Minimum-Wage Increase (Updated 09 14 14)
John E. Thompson, September 19, 2014
A White House report has extoled wage-rate increases by "state legislatures and governors; mayors, county executives and city councils; and business leaders" as supposedly being compelling reasons to raise the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. A flood of...

Court "Certifies" Gawker Media Interns' Collective Action
John E. Thompson, September 4, 2014
After more than a year of litigation (the filing of which we reported at the time), former unpaid Gawker Media interns will be permitted to send notices to other unpaid or allegedly underpaid interns to inform those potential plaintiffs of the lawsuit and of the opportunity to join the proceedings.

FLSA Exemptions And "Overtime Rights"
John E. Thompson, September 4, 2014
We continue to follow developments relating to President Obama's directive that the U.S. Labor Department "modernize and streamline" its regulations governing the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1) executive, administrative, professional, and "outside salesman"...

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John E. Thompson

1075 Peachtree Street, NE
AtlantaGA 30309


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