Overview

Chuck Rice focuses his practice on a full range of labor and employment law. Mr. Rice frequently advises employers on matters relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, workplace substance abuse programs, wage and hour issues, and work force reductions. He also works closely with clients in the development of effective personnel policies and practices and has assisted numerous employers in campaigns against union organizing efforts. 

Mr. Rice has advised numerous companies on employment-related matters under California law, including drug and alcohol testing, wage and hour issues, leaves of absence, and plant closings.

In law school he served on the Editorial Board of the Georgia Law Review, which published his case comment. Mr. Rice is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

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Experience

Provided advice, separation agreements, and related documents to a provider of technology solutions to the financial world in connection with a nationwide reduction in force affecting hundreds of employees.

Oversaw the development of a detailed employment-related document-retention program for an industry leader in the development of fastening and architectural products with operations in 26 states.

Conducted due-diligence review of labor and employment issues for a North Georgia optical retailer in connection with the acquisition of a company operating optical retail stores throughout the country, with emphasis on wage and hour issues under federal and state law.

Advised numerous companies on employment-related matters under California law, including drug and alcohol testing, wage and hour issues, leaves of absence and plant closings.

Provided the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation with advice, assistance and representation before the National Labor Relations Board in connection with multiple, simultaneous union organizing campaigns at Foxwoods Resort Casino on a tribal reservation. The firm provided the client with an on-site team of lawyers to provide advice on communications with employees and the general public, bargaining unit composition, and federal jurisdiction over tribal labor relations. Before the National Labor Relations Board, the firm's attorneys addressed novel issues relating to National Labor Relations Act coverage of a tribal government with a detailed tribal labor law.

Represented a multinational beverage company in developing strategy and coordinating the work of foreign counsel for a global reduction in force affecting employees in more than 60 countries.

Represented CRH plc, the international building materials group, in its pending acquisition of Ash Grove Cement Company, a leading U.S. cement manufacturer for $3.5 billion.

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University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. (1979) cum laude

Georgia State University (1976)

summa cum laude

Admissions

Georgia (1979)

South Carolina (1980)

Professional & Community Activities

Actor's Express, Advisory Board

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