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Joshua H. Viau

Of Counsel, Atlanta
Atlanta
t: 404.240.4269
f: 404.240.4249

Overview

Josh Viau is Of Counsel in the firm's Atlanta office. His practice focuses on representing companies in a variety of labor and employment matters including traditional labor relations matters and employment-related litigation. Josh advises and represents management in traditional labor matters including arbitrations, unfair labor practice cases, union elections, contract negotiations, strikes, and alternative dispute resolution. He also defends employers in litigation in the areas of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, compliance with leave and wage and hour laws and regulations, and employment-related contract disputes.

Josh’s experience includes guiding employers through reductions in force and individual employee separations to ensure that such actions are executed in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and in a manner that minimizes risk. Josh also provides clients with services aimed at compliance and litigation avoidance, including general human resources advice, creation and application of workplace policies and practices, training programs for management and employees, and workplace audits.

Josh works with a variety of national and local clients including employers in manufacturing, construction, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, and retail. He is the former Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Georgia State Bar and is active in several business groups. Josh was selected to the Best Lawyers in America in 2016 and 2017, and was recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer since 2015 and Georgia Super Lawyer – Rising Star from 2006 through 2014.

Experience

Experience

  • Successfully defended a large government contractor against allegations of whistle-blower retaliation.
  • Successfully defended a local law enforcement agency against claims of harassment and gender discrimination and claims of First Amendment retaliation.
  • Represented a unionized employer in negotiations to modify collective bargaining agreements and past practices to address rising health care costs and defended cases regarding modifications to retiree health benefits.
  • Defended individual and collective actions alleging wage and hour violations.
  • Provided counseling and assistance to unionized and non-unionized employers regarding reductions in force, plant relocations and consolidations.
  • Negotiated a conciliation agreement for a federal construction contractor following an OFCCP audit.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Georgia Super Lawyers, since 2015
  • Georgia Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2006-2014)

Professional Activities

  • Chair of the State Bar of Georgia, Labor and Employment Section - 2011
    (Executive Committee positions include Treasurer 2008, Secretary 2009, Vice Chair, 2010, Immediate Past Chair 2012)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Labor and Employment Law Council of the Associated General Contractors of America
  • Technology Association of Georgia – Board Member for Human Resources + Diversity Society

Community Activities

  • Carroll County Chamber of Commerce

Insights

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Understanding the Power & Danger of Social Media Relative to Your Employees
    Carroll County Chamber of Commerce – Business Success Luncheon
    3.19.14
  • Impact of NLRB Policies on Non-Union Businesses
    Carroll County Chamber of Commerce – Business Success Luncheon
    2.19.14
  • Legal Issues Surrounding Social Media – How You Can Protect Yourself As An Employer
    Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce
    5.23.12

Articles

Quoted in SSU Coach’s Lawsuit Triggers E-mail Flood
Savannah Now, May 29, 2010

First Line of Defense:  Superintendents Play Vital Role in Employment Initiatives
Construction Superintendent (Spring 2010)

Comply or Die
Southeast Construction (March 2010)

Blog Posts

Education

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

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