James B. Yates, Esq. is a Member of Eastman & Smith Ltd.’s Labor and Employment practice group and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional who has represented employers in labor and employment matters for over 20 years. He represents public and private sector employers in all facets of labor and employment law matters including collective bargaining, general personnel planning and counseling, equal employment opportunity matters, workers' compensation and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Jim has represented employers in labor and employment law related matters with various agencies such as the Industrial Commission, NLRB, EEOC, OSHA, SERB, OCRC, OBES and in state and federal courts and arbitration tribunals. He regularly consults with Human Resource Professionals regarding the drafting and implementation of employment policies and conducts supervisor training. Jim is a frequent speaker at seminars regarding numerous labor and employment law topics.