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The People Business Blog Practical Strategies for Managing Labor, Employment and Benefits Issues


The People Business Blog provides important news, updates and strategies for business leaders who manage legal matters involving labor, employment and benefits issues.  The People Business Blog serves as a go-to resource for officers, directors, in-house counsel, human resources executives and other professionals who need to stay informed on complex issues impacting their workforce.

The People Business Blog covers a broad spectrum of employment-related matters.  Blog topics under the “Benefits Business” section cover legal issues impacting the design and administration of qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health plans, incentive programs, stock programs and fringe benefit programs, as well as strategies for maintaining compliance of these arrangements in this highly regulated area.  Blog topics under the “Labor & Employment Business” section cover a broad range of labor and employment issues facing employers in these challenging times. The topics focus on, but are not necessarily limited to, leave-related issues under the FMLA and ADA; class and FLSA collective actions; non-compete agreements and related business torts, and all types of discrimination arising under local, state and federal laws.

The lead writers are experienced attorneys who understand the importance of balancing business goals while maintaining a talented workforce.  The writers regularly advise clients from various industries in both the public and private sectors.

Lead Writers:



Lori Thayer Oliphant



Lori Oliphant is a Shareholder in Winstead’s Employee Benefits/Compensation Practice Group.  She has extensive experience in all types of employee benefit and compensation matters.  She represents a diverse group of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, privately-held companies, governmental entities and tax-exempt entities. (Read more)



Marcus D. Brown



Marcus Brown is a Shareholder in Winstead’s Labor, Employment & Immigration Practice Group. Marcus counsels and represents clients in all areas of labor and employment law in federal and state court, as well as before administrative agencies, including matters concerning Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, misappropriation of trade secrets, covenants not to compete, and breach of employment agreements. Marcus is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. (Read more)