John T. Merrell

Shareholder || Greenville

John Merrell is an attorney in the Ogletree’s Greenville, South Carolina office. Mr. Merrell represents and counsels management on a range of labor and employment law issues, including:

  • Preventive employment and labor law advice, including matters arising under The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) and Representation proceedings before The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Drafting employment policies and procedures
  • Advising clients on their rights and legal obligations involving union organizing activities
  • Employee relations
  • Training on positive employee relations and other aspects of labor and employment law
  • Federal and state litigation involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, noncompetition covenants, and breach of employment agreements

John is a native of Walhalla, South Carolina. He graduated from Clemson University in 2003 with a degree in Financial Management. In 2006, he graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

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Education

  • J.D., cum laude, University of South Carolina School of Law, 2006
  • B.S., cum laude, Clemson University, 2003

Admittance to Practice

  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • South Carolina Bar Association (Employment and Labor Section; Construction Law Section; CLE Coordinator and Secretary for the Employment and Labor Law Section)
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Section of Litigation)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • Anderson Society of Human Resources Management
  • South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy (2012-13)

Speeches

  • Ogletree Deakins Labor Law Solutions - "Policy Fixes for the Real World" - Las Vegas - December 7, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor Law Solutions - "Pardon the Interruption! Labor Updates" - Las Vegas - December 6, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Panel Discussion: Protests, Political Expression, and the Workplace" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "'Lawful or Unlawful'—An NLRB Gameshow Experience" - San Diego - May 5, 2017
  • Anderson Area SHRM Meeting - "New Administration: What to Expect and What to Watch Out For" - Anderson - February 14, 2017
  • WCI - "Top 10 EEOC Concerns" - Asheville - May 20, 2015
  • PeopleMatter Collaborate 2015 - "Weed, Unions and Pregnancy . . . Oh My! 3 Controversial Issues Immediately Affecting the Way Your Workplace Works and Why You Need to Care Now" - Charleston - May 6, 2015
  • PeopleMatter Collaborate 2015 - "Who is an Employer? How a Recent NLRB Opinion Could Redefine Everything You Know about Today’s Business Model" - Charleston - May 5, 2015
  • Greenville Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - "Labor Laws: The Employer’s and Employee’s Rights and Obligations Under the National Labor Relations Act" - Greenville - March 17, 2015
  • 2015 HR Update - "The Top 5 Issues Facing Nonunion Employers in 2015" - Greenville - March 3, 2015
  • Upstate Alliance - "Union Organizing Update: Why ‘Ambush’ and ‘Purple’ Need to be Part of Every Employer’s Vocabulary" - Greenville - February 25, 2015
  • Anderson Area SHRM 2015 Legal Update - "New ‘Ambush Election’ Rule: Unionizing a Workforce Just Got Much Easier" - Anderson - February 3, 2015
  • Upstate Employers Network - "NLRB Update" - Greenville - November 7, 2014
  • NC/SC Labor and Employment Law Conference - "The Board’s Rapid Expansion of Sect. 7, What Your Clients Need to Know" - Asheville - October 25, 2014
  • WCI - "Will Your Unionfree Handbook Survive NLRB Scrutiny" - Asheville - May 21, 2014
  • 2014 HR Update - "What the NLRB and Organized Labor Were Up To in 2013" - Greenville - February 25, 2014
  • WCI - "Current Issues Impacting Your Workplace Handbooks and Policies" - Asheville - May 2013
  • Charlotte Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - "Labor Laws: The Employer's and Employee's Rights and Obligations under the National Labor Relations Act" - Charlotte - March 2013
  • 2013 Human Resources Law Update - "The NLRB's Crackdown on Employee Handbooks" - Greenville - February 2013
  • Association of Corporate Council - "What Union-Free Employers Need to Know About the NLRB's Attempted Regulation of Their Workplace" - Greenville - February 2013
  • Laurens SHRM - "Social Media and the NLRB" - Laurens - February 2013
  • Greenwood Chamber - "Social Media, Workplace Rules & Beyond" - Greenwood - September 2012
  • NC/SC Labor & Employment Law Conference - "NLRB Update" - Asheville - September 2012
  • Upstate Employers Network Mid-Year Update - "NLRB Update" - Greenville - August 2012
  • Human Resources Forum 2012 - "A New Day for Union Organizing . . . A New Challenge for Employers" - Asheville - May 23, 2012
  • 2012 Human Resources Law Update - "Test Your Employment Knowledge" - Greenville - March 2012
  • Columbia Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - "Labor Laws: The Employer’s and Employee’s Rights and Obligations under the National Labor Relations Act" - Columbia - March 2012
  • Greenville Technical College/Greenville Area Personnel Association Certificate in Employee Relations Law Series - "Legal Issues with Social Media" - Greenville - December 2011
  • Carolinas Association of General Contractors, Asheville Chapter - "Who Needs The EFCA When You’ve Got An Activist NLRB?" - Asheville - May 2011
  • Greenville County Special Purpose District Association - "Meetings and Executive Sessions" - Greenville - January 2011
  • 2010 Human Resources Law Update - "Preventing and Addressing Workplace Violence and Bullying" - Greenville - March 2010
  • Laurens County Society of Human Resources Management - "Social Media: 4 Pillars of an Effective Policy" - Laurens - March 2010
  • Carolinas Association of General Contractors’ Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Contractor Business Academy - "A North Carolina Employer’s Labor Obligations" - Charlotte - October 2007
  • Palmetto Chapter of the National Association of Church Business Administration - "Hiring, Firing, and Performance Evaluations" - Greenville - November 2006
  • January 17, 2019 - Associated General Contractors of America - "NLRB Agrees with AGC, Decides to Retain Notice Rule in Common-Situs Picketing Case"
  • March 13, 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Traditional Labor Blog - "NLRB to Appeal Noel Canning Decision Directly to U.S. Supreme Court"
  • March 2, 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Traditional Labor Blog - "NLRB Holds That Dues Checkoff Obligations Continue After Contract Expiration"
  • 2013 - South Carolina Construction Law Desk Book - "A Survey of Labor and Employment and Workplace Safety and Health Law for Construction Lawyers"
  • December 20, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Traditional Labor Blog - "NLRB ALI Issues Additional Social Media Guidance in Dish Network Corporation"
  • 2012 - XPertHR/LexisNexis Employment Law Manual - "Module on USERRA"
  • 2011 - Lawyers as Employers: A Guide to South Carolina Employment Law for Small Firms and Solo Practitioners - "Drug Testing In the Workplace"
  • July 2009 - South Carolina Lawyer - "Redefining ‘Disabled’: The ADA Amendments Act of 2008"
  • September 4, 2018 - SHRM Online - "When Employees Leave: Who Owns Social Media Accounts?"
  • May 2, 2017 - Business Insurance - "National Labor Relations Board chair a popular choice with business"
  • March 24, 2013 - Business Insurance - "Supreme Court takes on NLRB case involving Obama board appointments"
  • South Carolina Super Lawyer Rising Star (2012-present)
  • The Legal 500 United States: Recommended in Labor and Employment – Labor management relations category
  • Greenville Business Magazine’s Legal Elite – Labor Employment (2017-2018)

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