1551 N Waterfront Pkwy #100
Wichita, KS 67206
Forrest brings legal expertise with a down-to-earth approachable style to partner with clients to help identify and resolve issues before they become legal problems and effectively address difficult employment situations to avoid or minimize legal risk.
A cornerstone of Forrest’s practice is assisting employers with the review and development of employment policies and other day-to-day preventative measures, including working through challenging discipline situations, the proper handling of employee absences that may implicate the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and military leave under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). He also has significant experience defending employers in government audits brought by the Department of Labor (FLSA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as those agency’s state counterparts.
Where employment litigation cannot be avoided, Forrest defends the client’s interests through practical legal advice and advocacy with the goal of resolving the matter in a way that is effective as well as cost efficient.
Forrest counsels employers on labor-management issues, including union organizing efforts, labor contract negotiations, and responding to unfair labor practice charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Forrest also represents employers through all aspects of the safety and health compliance process, including inspections brought by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the negotiated resolution of any proposed penalties, and, where necessary, defense of litigation brought before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC).
In 2013 and 2014 Forrest was selected by Chambers USA as one of America’s Leading Lawyers in the area of Employment Law. He has been selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment. Forrest is a frequent speaker on employment law issues, especially the complicated and evolving requirements under the FLSA and other aspects of wage and hour compliance.
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