Charles E. McDonald, III

Shareholder Greenville

Mr. McDonald is a shareholder in the Greenville office and practices primarily in the area of employment litigation and advise and counseling. He was certified as a specialist in employment and labor law by the Supreme Court of South Carolina in 2006. Mr. McDonald represents 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. He also counsels employers regarding wage and hour matters such as employee compensation, exempt/nonexempt status, overtime compensation, minimum wage payments, and off-the-clock work issues. He represents employers in individual and collective actions alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and applicable state wage payment statutes. Mr. McDonald also represents employers in noncompete matters, trade secrets, and counsels employers in reduction-in-force situations to ensure compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). Mr. McDonald is the shareholder author of the firm’s O-D Comply: Wage and Hour Issues and O-D- Comply: Employment Applications subscriptions. He advises employers on multi-state wage and hour compliance issues. He is also a member of the firm’s Wage and Hour Steering Committee.

Mr. McDonald has practiced exclusively in the area of labor and employment law for the past 21 years. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. McDonald served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable C. Victor Pyle, Jr., Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Greenville, South Carolina. Mr. McDonald litigates all aspects of employment law cases in state and federal courts, drafts employment contracts, severance agreements, and noncompete agreements. He also drafts and reviews policy and procedure manuals, employee handbooks, contracts, and similar policies. Mr. McDonald also provides harassment training, performs human resource audits, and audits employers’ timekeeping and payroll practices for compliance with federal and state wage/hour laws.

Mr. McDonald is 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 21 years, Mr. McDonald has 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. Mr. McDonald has also represented clients in a number of class action discrimination cases and collective actions for violations under the FLSA. Mr. McDonald regularly represents clients in the manufacturing, healthcare, and services industry. Mr. McDonald also represents 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:

  • Performance Driven Forum - ''Panel Discussion: Classify This: Emerging Employment Relationships'' - Greer - June 22, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Your (Pay) Check Is Not in the Mail—The Latest on Electronic Wage Payment Laws'' - San Diego - May 05, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Wage and Hour Roadmap—The State and Local Law Tour'' - San Diego - May 04, 2017
  • WCI 2017 HR Forum - ''The Future of the New Overtime Rules and Other Compensation Developments'' - Asheville - April 26, 2017
  • Human Resources Law Update - ''The Future of the New Overtime Rule and Other Compensation Developments'' - Greenville - March 24, 2017
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Year-End Review'' - Greenville - January 17, 2017
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Understanding Wage & Hour Law'' - Greenville - November 15, 2016
  • South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities Forum - ''Applying the New FLSA Overtime Rules to Higher Education'' - Greenville - July 28, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''More Wage and Hour Suits (and Enforcement) Than Ever? Really?'' - Chicago - May 05, 2016
  • WCI 2016 HR Forum - ''DOL Minefields'' - Asheville - April 27, 2016
  • Greenville Society for Human Resource Management Forum - ''The FLSA Proposed Part 541 Revisions: What You Need To Be Doing Now'' - Greenville - April 05, 2016
  • SC Upstate Alliance - ''The FLSA Proposed Part 541 Revisions: What Your Company Should Be Doing Now'' - Greenville - February 17, 2016
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Year-End Review'' - Greenville - January 29, 2016
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Understanding Wage & Hour'' - Greenville - November 17, 2015
  • Greenwood Regional Management Conference - ''How to Lawfully Discipline Employees and Avoid Retaliation Claims'' - Greenwood - October 20, 2015
  • Carolinas Employment Law Briefing - ''Labor and Employment Climate Update – FLSA Update'' - Charleston - August 28, 2015
  • hrsimple.com Webinar Series - ''The New Exemption Regulations . . . Coming Soon To Your Workplace!'' - August 06, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''The New Exemption Regulations'' - San Antonio - May 14, 2015
  • Human Resources Law Update - ''HR Lessons from Today’s Headlines: How Do They Impact Your Business'' - Greenville - March 03, 2015
  • South Carolina Bar Convention - ''21st Century Technology: The New Dynamic for Employers'' - Columbia - January 22 - January 25, 2015
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - ''Year-End Review'' - Greenville - January 20, 2015
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Understanding Wage & Hour Law'' - Greenville - November 18, 2014
  • Upstate Employers Network - ''Government Agency On-Site Investigations: What an Employer Should Expect and How to Prepare'' - Columbia - November 07, 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 22, 2014
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance'' - Greenville - April 05, 2014
  • Greenville Chamber of Commerce HR Law Update - ''Do I Really Have to Pay for That? Understanding tough compensable work issues'' - Greenville - February 28, 2014
  • Association of Corporate Counsel - ''What to Expect from the DOL, NLRB and the EEOC'' - Greenville - February 26, 2014
  • Human Resources Law Update - ''On-Site Audits and Investigations: When the government comes knocking, will you be ready'' - Greenville - February 24, 2014
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - ''Year-End Review'' - Greenville - January 21, 2014
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Understanding Wage & Hour Law'' - Greenville - November 19, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Workforce'' - New Orleans - May 09, 2013
  • Association of Corporate Counsel - ''Overtime: A Discussion Of What Must Be Included In The Regular Rate of Pay'' - Greenville - February 28, 2013
  • Human Resources Law Update - ''Overtime: A Discussion Of What Must Be Included In The Regular Rate of Pay'' - Greenville - February 26, 2013
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - ''Year-End Review'' - Greenville - January 15, 2013
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Understanding Wage & Hour Law'' - Greenville - November 13, 2012
  • WCI HR Forum - ''Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Workforce'' - Asheville - May 23, 2012
  • WCI HR Forum - ''Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Workforce'' - Asheville - May 23, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies - ''Applying Wage and Hour Laws to the 21st Century Workforce'' - Phoenix - May 10, 2012
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - ''Year-End Review'' - Greenville - January 17, 2012
  • Spartanburg Development Association - ''2011 Federal and State Employment Law Developments'' - Spartanburg - December 02, 2011
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Understanding Wage & Hour Law'' - Greenville - November 15, 2011
  • WCI HR Forum - ''Wage & Hour Discussion of Hours Worked and New Developments'' - Asheville - May 25, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Wage & Hour Discussion of Hours Worked and New Developments'' - Asheville - May 25, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''It's All in How You Say It: Preparing Disciplinary and Medical Leave Documentation'' - Chicago - May 14, 2011
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Human Resource Institute - ''Understanding Wage & Hour Law'' - Columbia - March 23, 2011
  • Spartanburg Development Association - ''Avoiding Violations Under The Fair Labor Standards Act'' - Greenville - March 08, 2011
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Year-End Review'' - Greenville - January 18, 2011
  • Greenville Technical College, Certificate In Employee Relations Law Series - ''Understanding Wage & Hour Law'' - Greenville - November 16, 2010
  • Carolina's Conference - ''Employment & Labor Law Update'' - Myrtle Beach - May 06, 2010

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July 19, 2017 - SHRM Online - "When Switching to Unlimited PTO, Coordinate with FMLA"
August 12, 2015 - GSA Business - "Attorney says time for business to plan for overtime change"

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