John E. Thompson


Atlanta Office

(404) 240-4257 phone
(404) 240-4249 fax


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, GA
    J.D. 1978, cum laude
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
    B.A. 1975

John Thompson is a partner in the Atlanta office. His practice focuses on wage and hour law, emphasizing issues relating to minimum wage, overtime, timekeeping, and wage-payment requirements.

He assists employers in preventive efforts designed to ensure compliance, and he handles both investigations conducted by government agencies and litigation in the wage and hour area.

John has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for wage-hour matters for the State of Georgia.

He has also addressed wage-hour topics in presentations to numerous employer groups and in articles appearing in both human resources publications and industry journals.

John was recognized as an Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America for 2014.  He is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been included in Georgia Super Lawyers. 

He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2009. John is the editor of the firm's Wage & Hour Laws Blog.


FLSA Changes Could Make Many Retail Managers Non-Exempt Employees
February 27, 2015

More Erroneous Nonsense on Tipped Wages, Courtesy of the Labor Dept.
February 18, 2015

Do Employees Have a Legal "Right" to a "Predictable" Schedule?
February 2, 2015

Possible Impact of Obama's Immigration Initiative: More FLSA Claims
December 11, 2014

Voter Actions Undercut Federal Push for $10.10 Minimum Wage
November 11, 2014

Timely Payment Of FLSA Wages Is Essential
October 31, 2014

Employers Must Make Timely Payment of FLSA Wages
September 24, 2014

Late Wage Payments Can Violate the FLSA
September 15, 2014

Not Paying Employees On Time? It's Considered An FLSA Violation
August 15, 2014

The Disinformation Surrounding the "Tipped-Employee Minimum Wage"
April 8, 2014

School-Facilitated Internships: No Worries, Right?
April 3, 2014

Opposition Is Growing to Unpaid Internships for College Credit
March 25, 2014

Are You Really Paying More Than You Need To?
October 10, 2013

Are You Ready To Accommodate Nursing Mothers?
March 11, 2013

Misclassification in the Cross Hairs: Independent Contractors Under Fire
May 20, 2010

The Legal Implications of Nontraditional Workweeks
December 14, 2008

Good Intentions, Bad Idea
August 1, 2007

Quotes and Soundbites

WAGES: Retail, Restaurant Benefits to Feel Pain of Wage Hikes; Increase in Minimum Wages Could Have Ripple Effect on Other Benefit Programs
January 7, 2015

John Thompson Climbs into Rarified Air
December 18, 2014

Retail, Restaurant Benefits to Feel Pain of Minimum Wage Hikes
November 14, 2014

FLSA Proposed Rule Delayed
November 3, 2014

The Heat Is Getting Turned Up on Academic-Sponsored Internships
March 3, 2014

Wage And Hour Laws Blog Featured On HR Idiot Blog
January 30, 2014

Three Tips For Preventing Wage And Hour Lawsuits
January 17, 2014

2nd Circ. May Determine Fate Of Internship Programs
December 13, 2013

Bill Has Big Penalties For Misclassifying Employees
December 12, 2013

Conde Nast Might Be 1st Of Many To End Internships
October 23, 2013

Fox Ruling Warns Cos. Of Pitfalls In Hiring Interns
June 14, 2013

Hearst Class Cert. Denial May Dry Up Flood Of Intern Suits
May 9, 2013

Learning Curves
May 6, 2013

Employers Can't Ignore Wage Laws In Hurricane Sandy's Wake
November 1, 2012

Labor Pains
September 4, 2012

Wave Of Intern Suits Warns Employers To Rethink Policies
August 15, 2012

5th Circ. Ruling Paves The Way For Private FLSA Deals
August 9, 2012

DOL Enforcement of Breastfeeding Law Breeds Uncertainty
January 30, 2012

Supreme Court To Rule On GSK Reps' OT Status
November 28, 2011

Newsletter Articles

Should The White House Be Paying Its Interns?
February 3, 2014

"Nursing Mother" Break Requirement Spurs Investigations, Lawsuits
August 1, 2013

"Let's Hire An Unpaid Intern," Often A Bad Idea
June 1, 2013

Can A Paid Break Become Unpaid?
February 1, 2012

Hurricane Irene Leaves Wage/Hour Questions In Her Wake
October 1, 2011

DOL's New Tip-Credit Interpretations
June 1, 2011

The Start Of Something Big?
December 1, 2010

"Kitchen Tryouts Start Today" . . . Or Maybe Not
December 1, 2010

Are You Saving On Wage Costs By "Rounding" Worktime?
August 1, 2010

The Vacation Nobody Wants
March 1, 2009

Kampai! Sushi Chefs Ruled Eligible for Tip Pool
March 1, 2009


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, GA
    J.D. 1978, cum laude
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
    B.A. 1975

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