For nearly 35 years, William has excelled at helping employers of all sizes and industries with important labor and employment problems. William reduces employers’ legal risks by conducting interactive training for management teams, creating effective personnel policies, and counseling them through day-to-day as well as complex human resource issues. And, where litigation is inevitable, he helps achieve the employer’s objectives.
William is a Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist, and the former Chairperson of the South Carolina Labor and Employment Law Section. Throughout his career, he has exclusively represented employers confronting labor and employment law issues. For the past 13 years, William has been a Member of the Nexsen Pruet law firm and a leader in its Labor and Employment Practice Group. Prior to joining Nexsen Pruet, William was a partner in a national labor law firm during which he worked extensively throughout the region and country as he assisted a variety of employers with labor law issues.
Community & Professional
- American Arbitration Association - Member
- South Carolina Bar - Employment and Labor Law Section (Past Chairman)
- Staff Judge Advocate (COL), S.C. State Guard
- SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Board of Directors (2014-present)
- SC Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2009 – 2012)
- Lexington School District One Educational Foundation (Board Member, 2009- 2015)
- Society for Human Resource Managers, Columbia Chapter (President, 2008-2009; Board of Directors, 2005 - present)
- Midlands Special Needs Foundation (Board Member, 2008-present)
- MHUMC (Chair, Administrative Board, 2004-2005)
- BSA Troop 221 (Committee Member, 2007-2014)
- SC Governor's Disabilities Council (2010)
- S.C. Autism Society (Board of Directors, 2000-2002)
- Adjunct Professor, U.S.C. School of Law (1999)
- Greenville Young Lawyers Association (Former President, 1996)
- Leadership Greenville - Class of 1997
- Leadership Columbia - Class of 1998
Outside Nexsen Pruet
William is a Colonel in the South Carolina State Guard where he serves as the Staff Judge Advocate. And, probably more frequently than they would like, he occasionally spends weekends checking in on his post-college children.
- Developed and conducted labor law training for management teams in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, customer service, transportation and hospitality
- Advised employers how to defeat “quickie union elections” before they happen
- Represented employers throughout the Carolinas and multiple other states defending against unionization campaigns
- Participated as part of the union-free response team for a large, multi-site manufacturer
- Prepared employers faced with potential strike activity
- Negotiated collective bargaining agreements for unionized employers
- Successfully defended numerous unfair labor practice charges filed against employers in multiple states
- Successfully litigated multiple arbitrations involving unionized clients, including those in the transportation, manufacturing, and service industries
- Advised employers as their unionized employees re-gained their union-free status
- Successfully handled dozens of ERISA lawsuits around the country, from South Carolina to California and from Florida to Michigan
- Successfully concluded FLSA matters involving thousands of employees
- Successfully defended whistleblower claims, including AIR21 complaints involving the aviation industry
- Defended OSHA claims brought against employers in a variety of industries including customer service, agri-business, and manufacturing
- Successfully defended numerous wrongful discharge and discrimination claims in multiple jurisdictions and states
- Stopped former employees from taking confidential information or trade secrets in industries ranging from manufacturing to IT software
- Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Preeminent Peer Review Rated
- Certified Labor and Employment Specialist
- Certified Arbitrator (SC)
- Certified Mediator (SC and USDSC)
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Employment Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law- Management, Labor Law- Management, Litigation -ERISA and Litigation- Labor and Employment, Since 2008
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America for "Lawyer of the Year" for Labor Law Management in 2021
- Included in the South Carolina Super Lawyers list since 2009 in the area of Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation, Employee Benefits
- Recognized by Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, South Carolina, 2017-2020
- JD Supra Readers' Choice Award 2016
Selected Presentations - 2016/2017
- "Marijuana in the Workplace," Nexsen Pruet's Employment Law Briefing - Columbia, October 30, 2019
- "Wage and Hour Update: Fair Labor Standards Act and Law Refresher," Nexsen Pruet's Employment Law Certificate Webinar Series - October 9, 2019
- "Hiring & Firing: Best Practices for Saying Hello and Goodbye in the Workplace," Nexsen Pruet's Employment Law Briefing - Columbia, January 23, 2019
- Implications of Changing Administration on Employment Labor Law (February 8, 2017)
- Columbia SHRM Legal Workshop (April 20, 2017)
- Midlands SHRM Guns in the Workplace (May 3, 2017)
- USC Law School Presentation (June 20, 2017)
- The New Administration Expectations for Employment Laws and Regulations, Compliance Conference (September 13, 2017)
- Columbia SHRM Mock SCHAC Investigation (September 14, 2017)
- SGAUS Convention, Selected JAG Issues (September 21, 2017)
- S.C. Business Review, S.C. Public Radio Broadcast (February 4, 2016)
- Columbia SHRM Legal Workshop (April 21, 2016)
- SCEDA Conference - Labor Law and Economic Development (August 25, 2016)
- Columbia SHRM Mock Trial (September 15, 2016)
- Carolinas Credit Union Conference - Social Media Issues (September 20, 2016)
- S.C. SHRM Conference - FLSA Strategies (September 21-23, 2016)
- WIS TV News Interview (October 2016)
- First Sun EAP Advisory Panel - ADA and Suicide Prevention (October 4, 2016)
- Association of General Counsel Annual Meeting - Labor and Employment Developments (November 8, 2016)
- "Wild Kingdom ADA and Service Animals," South Carolina Lawyer (July 2017)
- "Protecting Your Employees' Right to Work," S.C. Workforce and Jobs Report (Sept. 2015).
- “A Multimillion Dollar Problem - Challenges for S.C.’s Unemployment Compensation System,” SC Business Journal (Nov./Dec. 2009).
- South Carolina Unemployment Cooperation Handbook, SC Chamber of Commerce (2008) (co-editor).
- Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers, South Carolina Bar (2007) (contributing author).
- “The Electronic Workplace: Blogs, Cybersmears and Similar Changes,” South Carolina Lawyer (May 2006) (co-author).
- Smart Move: An Employer’s Legal Guide to Hiring People with Disabilities, (South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (2005).
- “South Carolina’s Handbook Law,” South Carolina Lawyer (Nov. 2004) (co-author).
- “Exempt or Non-Exempt?: Historic Changes to FLSA Regulations Proposed,” South Carolina Business Journal (May 2003).
- “Mandatory Arbitration: A Cure-All for Employment Disputes?”, South Carolina Lawyer (January/February 2002) (co-author).
- “Military Leave Rights and Responsibilities,” South Carolina Business Journal (November 2001) (co-author).
- “DOL’s 2000 Study: FMLA Compliance is ‘Easy’ and Other Findings,” South Carolina Business Journal (February 2001).
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- Webinar Series: Food & Beverage Session 2- Workforce Issues in the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry
Across the Carolinas, food and beverage manufacturing is growing, with companies developing disruptive innovation and platforms. Join Nexsen Pruet for an industry update highlighting trends, challenges, and recent successes.
Amazon employees in Bessemer, Alabama, will soon decide if they want to remain union-free or to unionize. Employment attorney William Floyd discusses how the process raises questions and insights for other union-free employers and employees
- 2021 Employment Law Certificate Series - New Year, New Administration, New Legal Changes for Employers
Recent elections will result in changes to employment laws and regulations. In this webinar, Nexsen Pruet attorneys discuss: Anticipated legislative and executive branch initiatives, probable changes to employment laws, regulations, and executive orders, and pro-union labor law plans.
Now in its sixth year, Bringing Clarity to Workplace Complexity has become the go-to employment law certification series for professionals throughout the Carolinas interested in staying up-to-speed on the latest issues and trends influencing labor and employment law.
William Floyd discusses ways to improve safety in the workplace during the pandemic including COVID-19 screening of employees and more.
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- U.S. District Court for the District of SC