John E. Thompson

Partner

Atlanta Office

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

jthompson@laborlawyers.com




Education

  • 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.

News/Media

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

President Seeks To Curtail FLSA "White Collar" Exemptions
March 17, 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

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

President Signs Federal Contractor "Minimum Wage" Order
March 3, 2014

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

Wage & Hour Watch: Cheerleader Lawsuits and Hypocrisy on Intern Pay
January 20, 2014

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

New Year, New Settlement: Another Big Payout Over Unpaid Interns
January 15, 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

Education

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

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia