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Stacie L. Caraway

Chattanooga Office

Volunteer Building Suite 1200
832 Georgia Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2289

Ms. Caraway is an employment law strategist, litigator and trainer advising national, regional and local employers on general employment law matters focusing on FMLA, ADA, pregnancy accommodation, hiring, discipline and termination issues. Ms. Caraway develops, reviews and updates human resource policies and supporting agreements, and represents employers in local, state and federal legal proceedings including the DOL, EEOC and state human rights commission investigations, mediations and lawsuits throughout the United States.

Experienced serving as legal counsel to clients across several industries, Ms. Caraway has expanded her area of practice, focusing on church law, advising churches and other religious organizations throughout the Southeast. Although these organizations have some similarities to other nonprofit entities, it is important to recognize the subtle differences in the legal requirements for churches and other religious groups. As someone of faith and sensitivity to the special needs relating to the significant moral concerns these institutions face, Ms. Caraway is able to bring insight and knowledge to proactively navigate their unique issues concerning government regulations.

Ms. Caraway is a frequent speaker at national and regional employment law symposiums, and provides in-house training and counsel to HR professionals and supervisors to help them address various employment law issues impacting companies of all sizes.

  • "Corporate Counsel Employment Law Update," Tennessee Bar Association, 2016
  • "ADA Master Class," BLR, 2016
  • "Top 10 Most Common FMLA Mistakes," Cleveland STAHRZ, 2016
  • "Staffing Agency Joint Employment Issues," Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, 2016
  • "EEOC Landmines," Tennessee Municipal Attorneys, 2016
  • "FMLA/ADA/Workers’ Comp Interaction," Miller & Martin, 2015
  • "Hiring and Firing Best Practices," Tennessee Municipal Attorneys and Chattanooga SHRM, 2015
  • "Employment Law Update," Tennessee SHRM, TAHRA, National Business Institute, TVPPA Legal Conference and Tennessee Bankers’ Association, 2015-2016
  • "Pregnancy Accommodation," Tennessee SHRM and Miller & Martin, 2015-2016
  • "Wellness Programs that Can Make Your Company Sick," Tennessee Bankers’ Association, 2015
  • "FMLA Documentation Strategies," Tennessee SHRM and BLR, 2015
  • "Workplace Violence," Tennessee Regional Manufacturers’ Association, 2015
  • "Keeping HR Issues from Ruining Your Holidays," Tennessee Regional Manufacturers’ Association, 2015 
  • "FMLA and ADA Strategies," Tennessee SHRM, 2015
  • "Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, FMLA and ADA Issues," BLR, Fall 2009-2016
  • 'What's New in Personnel Law Update," TVPPA Annual Meeting, 2012-2015
  • "Could Your Wellness Program Be Making You Sick?," Tennessee Bankers Association, 2015
  • "Hiring and Firing Best Practices," Chattanooga SHRM, 2015
  • "Policies Churches Need in the Wake of Obergefell," Chattanooga Church Administrators Conference and Chattanooga Christian Legal Society, 2015
  • "FMLA, Wage and Hour and ADA Updates," Duck River SHRM, 2015
  • "Top 10 Biggest Wage and Hour Law Mistakes Employers Make," Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce HR Roundtable, 2015
  • "Exploring the Interaction of the FMLA, ADA and Workers' Comp Laws," Miller & Martin, 2015
  • "Tennessee State-Wide FMLA Master Class," M. Lee Smith, 2005-2012 and 2015
  • "Employee Handbooks: What to Keep and What to Toss," Tennessee SHRM, 2014
  • "What Banks Need to Know about Social Media Use," Tennessee Bankers Association, 2014
  • "New EEOC Developments," Tennessee Bankers Association, 2013
  • "Conducting Effective and Compliant Background Checks," Conference for Competitive Management, 2012-2013
  • "FMLA Best Practices," Tennessee Payroll Professionals Annual Meeting, 2011-2013
  • "FMLA Medical Certification and Other Documentation Issues," Progressive Business Conferences, 2012-2013
  • "The EEOC's New Guidance Concerning the ADA, ADEA and Criminal Background Checks," Tennessee Bar Association
  • "The Changing Face of Age Discrimination: New Threats, New Solutions," M. Lee Smith
  • "The Three R's of Diversity -- Respect, Responsibility, Reconciliation," Training Program Designer
  • "Treating Our Soldiers Right -- A Comprehensive Overview of USERRA," Miller & Martin

Other Professional Accomplishments
  • Professional vocalist
  • "Outfoxing a Fox -- Dealing with FMLA Leave Fraud," FMLA Compliance Manual Newsletter, October 2010
  • HR Guide to Employment Law: A Practical Compliance Reference, FMLA Chapter Author, all editions since 2009
  • "Ten Tips for Making Frontline Supervisors Your Allies in Administering FMLA Leave," Tennessee Employment Law Letter, February 2010; reprinted by HR Insight, April 2010