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 by Best Lawyers in America for 2014. He is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been included in Georgia Super Lawyers.

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

Voter Actions Undercut Federal Push for $10.10 Minimum Wage
November 11, 2014

Employers Must Make Timely Payment of FLSA Wages
September 24, 2014

Late Wage Payments Can Violate the FLSA
September 15, 2014

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
Retail, Restaurant Benefits to Feel Pain of Minimum Wage Hikes
November 14, 2014

FLSA Proposed Rule Delayed
November 3, 2014

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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FLSA Exemptions And "Fighting Poverty"
John E. Thompson, December 16, 2014
We have written previously about President Obama's directive to change the requirements for who falls within the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1) "white collar" exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional employees (as well as for outside-sales employees...

Supposed Fluctuating-Workweek "Legal Prerequisites" Come From Where, Exactly?
John E. Thompson, November 14, 2014
"Fluctuating workweek" pay plans are provoking much litigation under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. These arrangements call for a non-exempt employee to be paid a salary as straight-time compensation for all hours worked in a workweek, including those over 40. The salary represents...

Segregating Worktime For Purposes Of The "Contractor Minimum Wage"
John E. Thompson, November 8, 2014
The U.S. Labor Department's voluminous final regulations "Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors" under Executive Order 13658 (about which we have written previously) have now been published. The provisions and related commentary occupy nearly 100 pages in the Federal Register.

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John E. Thompson

1075 Peachtree Street, NE
AtlantaGA 30309


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