Charles E. McDonald, III

Shareholder Greenville

My name is Chuck McDonald and I am a shareholder in the Greenville office and I practice primarily in the area of employment litigation. I was certified as a specialist in employment and labor law by the Supreme Court of South Carolina in 2006. I represent a variety of employers in employment litigation matters ranging from breach of employment contracts to cases involving discrimination in areas of race, sex, age, and disability in both individual and class actions. I also counsel employers regarding wage and hour matters such as employee compensation, exempt/nonexempt status, overtime compensation, minimum wage payments, and off-the-clock work issues. I represent employers in individual and collective actions alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and applicable state wage payment statutes. I also represent employers in noncompete matters, trade secrets, and counsel employers in reduction-in-force situations to ensure compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). I am the shareholder author of the firm’s O-D Comply:  Wage and Hour Issues and O-D- Comply:  Employment Applications subscriptions.

Additionally, I have practiced exclusively in the area of labor and employment law for the past 19 years. Prior to joining the firm, I served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable C. Victor Pyle, Jr., Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Greenville, South Carolina. I litigate all aspects of employment law cases in state and federal courts, drafts employment contracts, severance agreements, and noncompete agreements. I also draft and review policy and procedure manuals, employee handbooks, contracts, and similar policies. I also provide harassment training, perform human resource audits, and audit employers’ timekeeping and payroll practices for compliance with federal and state wage/hour laws.

I am admitted to practice in the State of South Carolina (1995), the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina (1997), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1999).


Experience

Over the past 19 years, I have represented clients in all aspects of employment litigation, including race, sex, age, and disability lawsuits, retaliation, breach of employment contract cases, general contract actions, noncompete cases, and wage and hour cases. I have also represented clients in a number of class action discrimination cases and collective actions for violations under the FLSA. I regularly represent clients in the manufacturing, healthcare, and services industry. I also represent a number of governmental agencies.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Former Chairperson of the South Carolina Bar’s Employment and Labor Law Section
  • Greenville Bar Association
  • Greenville Chamber of Commerce
  • Greenwood Chamber of Commerce
  • Graduate, Leadership Greenville Class XXXII
  • Graduate, South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative Upstate Class VIII

Speeches:

  • hrsimple.com Webinar Series - ''The New Exemption Regulations . . . Coming Soon To Your Workplace!'' - August, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''The New Exemption Regulations'' - San Antonio - May, 2015
  • Human Resources Law Update - ''HR Lessons from Today’s Headlines: How Do They Impact Your Business'' - Greenville - March, 2015
  • South Carolina Bar Convention - ''21st Century Technology: The New Dynamic for Employers'' - Columbia - January, 2015
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - ''Year-End Review'' - Greenville - January, 2015
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Understanding Wage & Hour Law'' - Greenville - November, 2014
  • Upstate Employers Network - ''Government Agency On-Site Investigations: What an Employer Should Expect and How to Prepare'' - Columbia - November, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''It’s All in the Cards: The Legal and Practical Pros and Cons of Payroll Cards'' - Las Vegas - June, 2014
  • WCI HR Forum - ''Staying a Step Ahead of the Department of Labor'' - Asheville - May, 2014
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance'' - Greenville - April, 2014
  • Greenville Chamber of Commerce HR Law Update - ''Do I Really Have to Pay for That? Understanding tough compensable work issues'' - Greenville - February, 2014
  • Association of Corporate Counsel - ''What to Expect from the DOL, NLRB and the EEOC'' - Greenville - February, 2014
  • Human Resources Law Update - ''On-Site Audits and Investigations: When the government comes knocking, will you be ready'' - Greenville - February, 2014
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - ''Year-End Review'' - Greenville - January, 2014
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Understanding Wage & Hour Law'' - Greenville - November, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Workforce'' - New Orleans - May, 2013
  • Association of Corporate Counsel - ''Overtime: A Discussion Of What Must Be Included In The Regular Rate of Pay'' - Greenville - February, 2013
  • Human Resources Law Update - ''Overtime: A Discussion Of What Must Be Included In The Regular Rate of Pay'' - Greenville - February, 2013
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - ''Year-End Review'' - Greenville - January, 2013
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Understanding Wage & Hour Law'' - Greenville - November, 2012
  • WCI HR Forum - ''Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Workforce'' - Asheville - May, 2012
  • WCI HR Forum - ''Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Workforce'' - Asheville - May, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies - ''Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Workforce'' - Phoenix - May, 2012
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - ''Year-End Review'' - Greenville - January, 2012
  • Spartanburg Development Association - ''2011 Federal and State Employment Law Developments'' - Spartanburg - December, 2011
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Understanding Wage & Hour Law'' - Greenville - November, 2011
  • WCI HR Forum - ''Wage & Hour Discussion of Hours Worked and New Developments'' - Asheville - May, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Wage & Hour Discussion of Hours Worked and New Developments'' - Asheville - May, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''It's All in How You Say It: Preparing Disciplinary and Medical Leave Documentation'' - Chicago - May, 2011
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Human Resource Institute - ''Understanding Wage & Hour Law'' - Columbia - March, 2011
  • Spartanburg Development Association - ''Avoiding Violations Under The Fair Labor Standards Act'' - Greenville - March, 2011
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Year-End Review'' - Greenville - January, 2011
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Understanding Wage & Hour Law'' - Greenville - November, 2010
  • Carolina's Conference - ''Employment & Labor Law Update'' - Myrtle Beach - May, 2010

Our Insights

Media

Media Quotes

August, 2015 - GSA Business - "Attorney says time for business to plan for overtime change"
September, 2011 - Inside Counsel - "Labor: Are Your Meal Break Practices Lawful?"
January, 2005 - December, 2012 - Legal Reference Series, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce - "Wages, Hours and Overtime Issues for SC and NC Employers"

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