- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Employee Benefits Guidance and Litigation
- Employment & Labor Law
- Employment & Labor Law Litigation
- Economic Development
|University ||Wofford College, B.A., 1984|
|Law School||University of South Carolina, J.D., 1987|
|Admitted||1987, South Carolina; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; United States District Court for the District of SC|
Civic & Professional Memberships
•Certified Arbitrator (SC)
•Certified Mediator (SC and USDSC)
•Certified Labor and Employment Specialist
•South Carolina Bar - Employment and Labor Law Section (Past Chairman)
•Best Lawyers in America since 2008
•South Carolina Super Lawyer in Employment and Labor Law since 2009
•SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Board of Directors (2014-present)
•SC Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2009 - 2012)
•Lexington School District One Educational Foundation (Board Member, 2009- present)
•Society for Human Resource Managers, Columbia Chapter (President, 2008-2009; Board of Directors, 2005 - present)
•Midlands Special Needs Foundation (Board Member, 2008-present)
•BSA Troop 221 (Committee Member, 2007-2014)
•SC Governor's Disabilities Council (2010)
•S.C. Autism Society (Board of Directors, 2000-2002)
•Adjunct Professor, U.S.C. School of Law (1999)
•Greenville Young Lawyers Association (Former President, 1996)
•Leadership Greenville - Class of 1997
•Leadership Columbia - Class of 1998
For more than 25 years, William has excelled at helping employers of all sizes and industries with important labor and employment problems. William reduces employers’ legal risks by conducting interactive training for management teams, creating effective personnel policies, and counseling them through day-to-day as well as complex human resource issues. And, where litigation is inevitable, he helps achieve the employer’s objectives.
His experience is broad-based, ranging from traditional labor issues - such as labor arbitrations, collective bargaining, unfair labor practice charges, and union campaigns - to important employment law issues - such as discrimination charges, lawsuits, severance preparation, non-competition disputes, FMLA, FLSA, OSHA, and ERISA-related cases.
Speaking & Writing
• Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Recognized By Peers; Twenty-Eight Named to 2013 Super Lawyers List for South Carolina
April 30, 2013
• William Floyd Appointed to SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Board
February 27, 2014
• Employment Law Certificate Series: Building Workplaces That Win
August 12, 2015
• “Top 10 Signs of Union Activity”
May 30, 2014
Selected Presentations - 2014
•S.C. SHRM Conference (September 25-26, 2014)
•First Sun EAP Advisory Panel (May 20, 2014)
•S.C. Chamber H.R. Conference (April 8-9, 2014)
•Columbia SHRM Legal Workshop (April 17, 2014)
•“A Multimillion Dollar Problem - Challenges for S.C.’s Unemployment Compensation System, ” SC Business Journal (Nov./Dec. 2009).
• South Carolina Unemployment Cooperation Handbook, SC Chamber of Commerce (2008) (co-editor).
• Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers, South Carolina Bar (2007) (contributing author).
•“The Electronic Workplace: Blogs, Cybersmears and Similar Changes, ” South Carolina Lawyer (May 2006) (co-author).
• Smart Move: An Employer’s Legal Guide to Hiring People with Disabilities, (South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (2005).
•“South Carolina’s Handbook Law, ” South Carolina Lawyer (Nov. 2004) (co-author).
•“Exempt or Non-Exempt?: Historic Changes to FLSA Regulations Proposed, ” South Carolina Business Journal (May 2003).
•“Mandatory Arbitration: A Cure-All for Employment Disputes?”, South Carolina Lawyer (January/February 2002) (co-author).
•“Military Leave Rights and Responsibilities, ” South Carolina Business Journal (November 2001) (co-author).
•“DOL’s 2000 Study: FMLA Compliance is ‘Easy’ and Other Findings, ” South Carolina Business Journal (February 2001).
Outside Nexsen Pruet
Drawn by two sons who earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Mr. Floyd supports scouting by serving as an adult leader of Troop 221 and occasionally lugging a backpack that is too heavy while hiking up hills that are too steep. He and his wife are also active advocates for children and adults who have special needs within their church and community. And, although he can't carry a tune, he can be counted on during weekends in the fall to help his daughter's marching band.
|Reported Cases||Notable: National ERISA counsel for an employer with more than 80,000 employees; Successfully concluded FLSA matter involving more than 1000 employees; Successfully defended numerous wrongful discharge and discrimination claims in multiple jurisdictions and states; Helped employers in multiple states and industries (e.g. automotive, heavy manufacturing, chemical, textile and health care) remain union-free; For unionized employers he has negotiated collective bargaining agreements, arbitrated contractual disputes, and advised companies how to re-gain their union-free status|
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