New Proposed Regulations On Overtime Work Bear Close Scrutiny—And Attention

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay non-exempt employees at a rate of at least one and half times their hourly rate for overtime work.  There are several exemptions to this requirement, some of which are based on a minimum salary requirement and a duties test.


Bailey Receives JYL’s Pro Bono Service Award

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that Simon Bailey, an associate in the firm’s Jackson office, was chosen for this year’s Jackson Young Lawyers Association’s (JYL) Pro Bono Service Award.

Who Is a Spouse According to the Department of Labor?

By Ashley Eley Cannady

The Department of Labor issued a rule effective March 27, 2015, to revise the definition of “spouse” under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).  The new rule is intended to provide lawfully married same-sex couples the same FMLA rights as married heterosexual couples.  The FMLA provides eligible employees of covered employers with unpaid, protected leave for specified family, medical, or military reasons.

Marlena P. Pickering Named Young Lawyer of the Year by Mississippi College of Law

(Jackson, MS / April 29, 2015) Marlena P. Pickering has been named Mississippi College of Law’s 2015 Young Lawyer of the Year. Ms. Pickering was recognized at the Alumni Association’s annual dinner and scholarships auction on April 24 held at the Country Club of Jackson.

Payment Rights for Contractors and Mississippi’s Construction Lien Law

By Steve Williams

Every contractor wants and expects to be paid for work performed which improves property owned by another person or entity. Often, however, payment is not forthcoming and in those situations contractors need to understand not only their rights with respect to breach of contract, but the possibility of asserting a “Claim of Lien” against the Owner’s property which can provide security for their payment.


Pedigo Named Managing Shareholder of Baker Donelson’s Jackson Office

Scott W. Pedigo has been named managing shareholder for the Jackson office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Mr. Pedigo assumes the role held for eight years by William S. Painter, who will continue his corporate practice with the Firm.


Local Attorneys Bringing New Buzz To Ridgeland

Thirty-Four Four LLC recently purchased and renovated the old Madison County Tax Assessor’s building on Highway 51 in Ridgeland, Mississippi. On January 30, the law firm, Gill, Ladner & Priest, LLC, moved into the newly-created second-story suite of offices. Bobby Gill, Kirk Ladner, and Jamie Priest are pleased that their law firm will be part of the Ridgeland business community. Their firm brings more than 60 years of combined experience, advocating for small businesses, offering a general law practice, as well as assisting accident victims and their families in securing a full recovery.


Bradley Arant Names Two Attorneys to Partner, One to Counsel

JACKSON, MS— Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has named Michael J. Bentley and Kathleen Shields O’Beirne to partner and Lindy D. Brown to counsel effective Jan. 1. Across the firm, 10 attorneys were named to the partnership and two were elevated to counsel.

Jennifer P. Keller Elected President and COO of Baker Donelson

(Jackson, MS: Baker Donelson has elected Jennifer P. Keller as the Firm’s next president and chief operating officer. Ms. Keller will assume the role effective April 1, 2015.

Bradley Arant Jackson Attorney Appointed to Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Association Board of Governors

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that Jackson attorney Michael J. Bentley, a senior associate in the firm’s Appellate Litigation Practice Group, has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Association.


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