Peter Pappas' principal areas of practice are business litigation, labor and employment law, commercial and civil litigation, insurance litigation, ERISA litigation, fidelity and surety, federal civil practice.
Mr. Pappas received his B.A. Degree with highest honors from the Univeristy of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Prior to attending law school, he served as a Staff Aide to United States Senator Robert Morgan.
Mr. Pappas earned his J.D. Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After law school, he worked as a Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of North Carolina, The Hon. W. Earl Britt.
- Business North Carolina Legal Elite (2005 - 2006)
- North Carolina Bar Association - Member, Board of Governors (2007 - 2010); Litigation Section, Former Chairman; Litigation Section Council, (1994-1999); Bench-Bar Liaison Committee, Former Chair; Task Force on the Education of Lawyers, Former Member; Young Lawyers Division Fellows, Former Chair; Young Lawyers Division, Former Chair; American Bar Association - Litigation, Labor and Employment Law, and Tort and Insurance Practice Sections; Former Young Lawyer Delegate to House of Delegates from the North Carolina State
- Defense Research Institute - Surety and Fidelity Committe
- Middle District North Carolina - Member Attorney Advisory Panel for Case Mgmt/Electronic Case Filing, Member Local Rules Committee
- Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
Gillis v. Montgomery County Sheriff Department et al, 2008 WL2726703 (N.C. App., 2008)
Mark IV Beverage, Inc. v. Molson Breweries USA, Inc., 500 S.E.2d 439 (1998), cert. denied., __S.E.2d __(1998), 500 S.E.2d 439 (N.C. Ct. App. 1998)
Jones et al. v. The American Tobacco Company, 1990 WL 101455 (4th Cir. 1990) (Counsel for the Employer), 908 F.2d 967 (4th Cir. 1998)
Alford v. Shaw, 327 N.C. 526, 398 S.E.2d 445 (1990), 327 N.C. 526; 398 S.E.2d 445 (N.C. Sup. Ct. 1990)
- To Pay or Not to Pay? The Test for the Unpaid Intern
As the end of another academic year approaches, college students across the country are seeking summer employment opportunities.
- FMLA's Twentieth Birthday
On February 5, 2013, the Family and Medical Leave Act turned 20 years old. Coinciding with this milestone, the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new final rule, which codifies further additions and revisions to the FMLA. This newsletter highlights some of the changes.
- New I-9 Form Shows More Changes May be in Store for Employers
On March 8, 2013, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new two-page version of Form I-9, together with six pages of instructions. This article explains some of the notable features of the revised Form I-9.
- Update: Noncompete Agreements in SC are Worth More Than the Paper They're Written On
In light of the restrictive nature with which South Carolina courts have historically viewed noncompetition agreements, many people assume they are not enforceable and, in essence, “not worth the paper they’re written on.” However, in January of this year, the South Carolina Court of Appeals upheld a physician’s noncompetition agreement and expanded the scope of enforceable noncompetition agreements in this state.
- Employment Law Update: U.S. Supreme Court Set to Define "Supervisor" for Purposes of Title VII
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case that could have a significant impact on employer liability. Specifically, as the result of an appeal in Vance v. Ball State University, et al, 646 F.3d 461 (7th Cir. 2011), the Court is poised to decide who qualifies as a “supervisor” for purposes of liability under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
- 2012 Employment and Labor Law Final Exam Answer Key
We received a great response to the 2012 Employment and Labor Law Final Exam. Thanks to all of our clients and friends who participated this year.
- 2012 Employment and Labor Law Final Exam
As 2012 comes to a close, it is time to put your employment and labor law knowledge to the test with Nexsen Pruet’s second annual final exam. We will send out answers to the exam in two weeks.
- Employment Law Update: Employers Face FCRA Update Deadline of January 1, 2013
Effective January 1, 2013, there is a new form that employers must provide prospective or current employees when conducting background checks subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
- Employment Law Update: Recent Cases Address Employer Efforts to Protect Confidential Information
In recent months, both the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over federal cases in North and South Carolina, and the South Carolina Supreme Court have addressed the issue of protecting trade secrets and confidential information.
- Employment Law - Business Immigration Update
Over the past few months, there have been several immigration developments that could have a significant impact on businesses in North and South Carolina. This update summarizes the key developments for employers.
- Employment Law Update - Employers Beware: NLRB Challenges Established HR Practices
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a number of recent opinions questioning and, in some instances, invalidating common employer practices and policies on the grounds of protecting employee rights under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The impact of these decisions on handbook disclaimers and investigative procedures is addressed below.
- Employment Law Update - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Upcoming Deadlines Require Employer Action
After months of anticipation and seemingly endless public debate, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision
upholding the key individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). While the
significance of the decision cannot be overestimated, the real import is its practical effect on employers.
- New Rule Makes “Reasonable Factors Other Than Age” Defense More Difficult for Employers
On March 29, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a final rule making it more difficult for
employers to establish a “reasonable factor other than age” defense for disparate impact claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
- Recent Guidelines for Employers of Active Duty & Veteran Service Members
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued timely and relevant guidance for employers addressing protections afforded veterans under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Keep Your Ears Peeled: Employment Law Update on the FLSA's "Anti-retaliation" Provision
In this issue we describe and discuss a recent federal appeals court decision concluding that internal complaints about pay may be protected by the FLSA’s anti-retaliation provision.
- Employment Law Update: Romance in the Workplace: You, Me and our Employer?
As Valentine's Day approaches, here are some interesting facts for employers to consider.
- Recent Ruling that Class Action Waivers are Illegal Shows NLRB Remains Active
On January 3, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that a class action waiver in a mandatory employment arbitration agreement is illegal.
- I-9 Compliance: Avoiding Traps of New Federal Security Features
A redesigned federal document is leading to confusion as businesses try to comply with the I-9 requirement.
- Employment Law Update - January 2012
As employers plan for 2012, the inherent risk posed by departing employees presents an opportunity to reevaluate measures used to protect confidential information and trade secrets from the high cost of misappropriation.
- NLRB Delays Requirement for Employers to Post Pro-Union Notice
On August 25, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued regulations requiring virtually all employers to post a large notice to employees informing them of rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), particularly their right to unionize. Employers must post the notice beginning April 30th, 2012.
- Employment Law Update - December 2011
The EEOC is processing a record number of charges and collecting record settlement amounts. It is pursuing an aggressive systemic enforcement program and focusing on hiring issues. In this edition we discuss what the EEOC is doing and some of the implications for employers.
- 2011 Employment and Labor Law - Final Exam Answer Key
Last week's final exam generated tremendous response from Nexsen Pruet clients and friends. Congratulations to our winners.
- 2011 Employment and Labor Law - Final Exam
It's time to test your knowledge of the current state of employment and labor law.
- Pro-Union NLRB Presents Challenges to Employers: Employment Law Update - October 2011
Recent pro-union decisions and proposed rules by the NLRB pose challenges for employers.
- Wrongful Discharge Claims Limit Employment At-Will Doctrine in North and South Carolina: Employment Law Update - September 2011 Supplemental
Employment in North and South Carolina is at-will, which generally means an employer can terminate an employee at any time without notice. However, both states have long-recognized exceptions to the employment-at-will doctrine, including provisions that an employee cannot be discharged for reasons that contravene the “public policy” of the state.
- Employment Law Update - August 2011 Supplemental
This edition is about a United States Supreme Court decision that illustrates the importance of using clear wording when drafting employee invention assignment agreements.
- Employment Law Update - August 2011
South Carolina and North Carolina have passed state immigration laws mandating employment verification and imposing penalties for failure to comply.
- Employment Law Update - July 2011
Employers are increasingly disciplining workers over misuse of social media. At issue in so-called “Facebook Firing” cases is whether terminating employees for making disparaging online posts, and having policies prohibiting such posts, violates federal labor law.
- Employment Law Update - June 2011
This edition analyzes the EEOC's new final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.
- The Carolinas Insurance Litigation Review
This issue of the Carolinas Insurance Litigation Review includes:
- "Challenging Policyholder Claims for Bad Faith and Punitive Damages" for North Carolina
- "Combating Policyholder Bad Faith and Breach of the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Claims" for South Carolina
- Employment Law Update - May 2010
On March 30, 2010, Governor Sanford signed legislation restructuring, and renaming, the South Carolina Employment Security Commission, and amending the state's employment security law. This month's update describes some of the changes that have taken place at the agency and in the benefits claims process.
- Employment Law Update - October 2009
This edition focuses on the EEOC's recent publication that addresses waivers of discrimination claims in employee severance agreements; the EEOC reminds employers and employees about requirements for valid and enforceable releases, especially when the releases are for employees age 40 and older.
- Employment Law Update - May 2009
This edition explains why many employers are seeking privileged legal compliance reviews of their compensation practices and documentation in the aftermath of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
A brief video update on immigration compliance developments is available by clicking here. Then, click on the video entitled "Immigration."
- Proposed Amendments to the FMLA Regulations will affect Physicians
The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations, some of which will impact physicians.
- Employment & Labor Law Desk Reference For The Carolinas
- Employment Law Update - August 2006
U.S. Supreme Court Expands Anti-Retaliation Provision of Title VII
- Employment Law Update - June 2006
Recent Decisions Highlight Importance Of Background Checks for Employers
- University of North Carolina, B.A., 1978, with highest Honors
- University of North Carolina, J.D., 1982
Bar & Court Admissions
- North Carolina
- U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
Civic & Professional Memberships
- Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association, Board Member
- Judicial Independence Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association
- Advisory Board at the Judicial College at the University of North Carolina School of Government
- American Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Fellow of The American Bar Foundation