Ted Edwards and Danielle Barbour Wilson Recognized by NC Super Lawyers Magazine

Principal Ted Edwards has been named a North Carolina Super Lawyer for 2017. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Each year, the publishers of Super Lawyers Magazine, undertake a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent research to identify …

A PHA Success Story in Developing Tax Credits/RAD Housing [Video Available]

Learn how the Charlotte Housing Authority succeeded in obtaining low-income housing tax credit award  Congratulations to the Charlotte Housing Authority on its recent closing on the tax-credit equity financing and RAD conversion of its $14.2 million Tall Oaks redevelopment project. Part of the development costs is financed by a low-income housing tax credit award of over $8.2 million. Despite strong …

EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues

In late August 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues, a sub-regulatory document that addresses the Commission’s interpretation of the law related to retaliation in the workplace. The enforcement guidance replaces previous guidance issued by the EEOC in 1998. As defined by the Commission in the enforcement guidance, retaliation occurs when …

Howard Rhodes Joins The Banks Law Firm

Sherrod Banks, President of The Banks Law Firm, announced that Howard Rhodes has joined the firm as an associate. Mr. Rhodes joins the practice with a focus on civil litigation and housing and economic development law. Mr. Rhodes is an associate who concentrates his practice in civil litigation, corporate transactions, and housing and economic development law. Prior to joining The …

Employers Beware of the EEOC’s New Position Statement Procedures

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has implemented new nationwide procedures regarding the disclosure of position statements which may impact how some public and private employers respond to EEOC charges. In the past, an employer’s position statement and supporting documents submitted to defend an EEOC Charge would only be disclosed to the Charging Party after the EEOC’s investigation of …

Major Changes to the FLSA “White Collar” Exemptions Coming Soon

The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) is preparing to publish a final rule updating the criteria used to determine which workers are eligible for minimum wage and overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Under the proposed final rule, nearly 5 million additional workers will be eligible for overtime pay protection because of a 113 percent increase …

Ted Edwards and Eric Pristell Participate in the North Carolina Bar Association’s “Record-Setting Service Day”

All lines are busy at the WRAL call center. The North Carolina Bar Association’s ninth annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day is in the books. The record books, that is! Operating from seven call centers across the state, 532 North Carolina lawyers volunteered to provide free legal information to 10,136 citizens on Friday, March 4, establishing records for both volunteers and …

Greensboro Housing Authority Shared Valuable Expertise in RAD Portfolio Conversions [Video Available]

In 2015, the Greensboro Housing Authority (“GHA”) took a significant step in repositioning its assets by converting 893 units in eight public housing developments to project-based Section 8 units under the HUD RAD program. Some of the transactions involved FHA mortgage loans, Fannie Mae mortgage loans, tax-exempt bonds and low-income housing tax credits, and some had no outside financing at …