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Chris has extensive labor and employment litigation experience including workers compensation defense. In addition and, as part of his employment practice, Chris does training for employers on such topics as sexual harassment, Title VII, Family and Medical Leave Act, EEOC Compliance, Wage & Hour Compliance. Chris also advises employers on corporate employment compliance, including internal policy audits and employee handbook review.
Speeches & Publications
•Workers’ Compensation Hearings: “Techniques and Strategies for Success”, NBI Seminar 2010.
•“Considerations Regarding the Effect of Social Media in the Workplace”, Crossroads Human Resource Association, 2012 Fall Conference
•Presenter for Rankin County Chamber of Commerce - Lunch & Learn: “General Personnel Information: The ABCs & 123s of Employment Law”. February 7, 2013
•“Gun Laws in Mississippi: An overview of Mississippi’s current gun laws and their impact on Mississippi employers” Capital Area Human Resources Association meeting Presentation.
•“Guns & Employees - An Overview of the Impact of Mississippi’s Gun Laws on Human Resources” presentation at the 19th Annual Mississippi Society of Human Resource Managers Conference & Expo.
•“Employers’ Ever-Changing Responsibilities in Immigration Compliance” presentation at the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s 2015 Human Resources Seminar in Destin, FL.
•“Back to Basics: Employer Mandate 101” presentation at the 28th annual MSU IDAY held April 14-15, 2015.
•“Workplace Violence and Mississippi Employers” presentation at the 20th Annual Mississippi Human Resource Conference and Expo.
•“Important Topics in 2016 Employment and HR Law in MS” presentation to the Mississippi Corporate Counsel Association on August 24, 2016.
Honors & Awards
•“Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders for 2013”, Mississippi Business Journal
•PORTICO - Top 10 Attorneys in Jackson Metropolitan area for 2012.
•New Overtime Rule Proposal from Department of Labor Slated for Spring 2019
•U.S. Court of Appeals Reverses Course Concerning Title VII Protection of LGBTQ+ Rights
•Recent Federal Court Ruling Indicates Coverage for LGBTQ-Related Conditions Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
•Chris Fontan Presents to the Golden Triangle Human Resources Association
•Contradictory Federal Court Opinions LGBT Rights in the Workplace Sets Stage for Landmark Supreme Court Showdown
•BREAKING - U.S. FEDERAL JUDGE ISSUES NATIONWIDE ORDER TEMPORARILY BLOCKING DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S PROPOSED OVERTIME RULE CHANGE
•“Paid Sick Leave” for Employees of Certain Federal Contractors & Subcontractors
•Get Ready - Changes to Mandatory EEO-1 Coming in 2017
•2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Chris Fontan Presents to Rankin County Chamber
•Chris Fontan Presents to Headmasters for the Jackson Area Association of Independent Schools (JAAIS)
•New Version of Form I-9 Announced
•Over 20 States and 50 Business Groups File Suit Seeking to Block Enforcement of New Overtime Rule
•84 Days and Counting - Is Your Company Prepared for the New Overtime Rule?
•Chris Fontan Presents to Mississippi Corporate Counsel Association
•OSHA Delays Proposed Injury and Illness Reporting Rule
•Department of Labor Announces Increase in Wage & Hour Penalties for Employers
•EEOC Final Rules on Title I of the ADA and Title II of the GINA in relation to Employee Wellness Programs
•Are You Ready?-(For Expanded Employee Overtime Eligibility)
•Chris Fontan presents at the 21st Annual Mississippi Human Resource Conference and Expo.
•OSHA Releases Final/Updated Workplace Injury Reporting Rule
•U.S. EEOC Alters Key Investigation Procedures
•U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Overtime Rule Not Expected in 2nd Half of 2016
•Chris Fontan speaks on Violence in the Workplace
•New NLRB Ruling Expands “Joint Employer” Standard
•New Legislation Proposes Sweeping Civil Rights Protections for LGBT Individuals
•U.S. EEOC Rules Workplace Discrimination Based on “Sexual Orientation” Already Illegal Under Federal Law
•Mississippi’s Newest Gun Law - and Its Impact on Businesses and Employers
•U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Guidance on “Employee vs. Independent Contractor” Misclassification
•UPDATE: U.S. Department of Labor Releases Proposed Rule to Expand Employee Overtime Eligibility
•U.S. Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision & Its Potential Impact on Employers
•Brunini’s 2014 Super Lawyers
•U.S. EEOC To Take Aim At Corporate Wellness Programs
•United States Department of Labor’s OFCCP Final Rule Protecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination
•NLRB Issues Final Rule Altering Union Election Process
•Chris Fontan, Reed Nunnelee and Sam Kelly Present to the Mississippi Road Builders Association
•Chris Fontan speaks on Mississippi’s Open-Carry Law
•U.S. Supreme Court Narrows the Definition of “Supervisor” Under Federal Discrimination Statutes
•U.S. Supreme Court Tightens Employees’ Retaliation Rights Under Federal Discrimination Statutes
Community & Professional Activities
•Mississippi Bar Association
•American Bar Association
•Jackson Young Lawyers Association
•Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson; Advisory Board Member (2011-present)
•Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)
•Mississippi Chapter of SHRM
•Capital Area Human Resource Association (CAHRA)
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