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Thomas P. Gies is a founding member of Crowell & Moring's Labor & Employment Group. Tom has more than 35 years of experience in litigating employment disputes. Tom’s litigation experience includes five jury trials, two U.S. Supreme Court arguments, 18 federal appellate court arguments, and more than a hundred trial court and arbitration matters involving a wide range of labor and employment law issues, including traditional labor law, whistleblower retaliation, EEO claims and wage & hour class and collective actions. Tom also maintains an active compliance counseling practice, involving the full range of employment law issues facing U.S. employers. Tom's traditional labor counseling practice has focused on helping companies develop and implement strategies in situations involving operational restructurings, facility closures, subcontracting of bargaining unit work, and work stoppages.

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a proposed final rule that would increase the minimum salary required for most ‘white collar’ employees to remain exempt from the FLSA’s overtime requirements. DOL anticipates that the new rule will make one million more U.S. workers eligible for overtime, many of whom work in the retail sector.