Brian Carnie is a partner in the Shreveport office of Kean Miller and practices in the labor and employment group. He represents employers of all sizes in the private and public sectors. Brian dedicates his practice exclusively to the representation of management's interests in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law, including the defense of wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, workplace tort, breach of contract, FMLA, and OSHA whistleblower claims in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies. Brian prepares, litigates and defends non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants for his clients. He has extensive experience in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), collective wage and hour cases, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access cases, otherwise known as "drive-by" or "google" lawsuits. In addition to his litigation practice, Brian guides employers through complex disability and leave issues, sexual harassment investigations, workforce reorganizations/layoffs, wage and hour investigations, and worker misclassification and I-9 audits. He routinely represents management in collective bargaining, union grievances, arbitrations, and provides businesses with effective union avoidance strategies.
Brian also helps employers understand and comply with the ever-changing rules and regulations under the Affordable Care Act, including practical guidance on employer responsibilities, compliance and testing, reporting/notice requirements, and representation of employers who challenge the new IRS ACA penalty notices and appeals of demands for payment.