Breaking: Pay Data Reporting Due September 30, 2019

Posted on Apr, 25 2019

By: Joshua B. Gessling

According to a federal judge’s ruling today, employers with 100 or more workers and certain federal contractors must turn over 2018 pay data to the EEOC by September 30, 2019.  Pay data must be sorted based on sex, ethnicity, and race.

Employers will also be required to provide pay data for either 2017 or 2019, but this issue is currently unresolved because the court afforded the EEOC an opportunity to select the second year for which it will collect pay data at a later date.  We anticipate the EEOC will make its selection next week and update the public via its website and a press release.

Given the fast-approaching deadline for compliance and the possibility of an appeal — which could impact these deadlines — employers are urged to follow legal developments in this area carefully.  If you have questions regarding pay data reporting requirements, contact the ZSWS lawyer with whom you regularly work or Joshua B. Gessling ( for assistance.

Josh Gessling to speak at Evansville-Area Human Resource Association’s (EHRA) Spring Conference

Posted on Apr, 19 2019

ZSWS labor and employment lawyer Joshua B. Gessling will be a featured speaker at Evansville-Area Human Resource Association’s (EHRA) Spring Conference on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.  Gessling will present Practical Strategies for Conducting Workplace Investigations and Eliminating Unconscious Bias from the Investigative ProcessGessling will introduce practical tips aimed at formalizing the workplace investigative process, avoiding unconscious bias, and successfully navigating post-investigation issues.  Gessling will also lead a mock investigative interview applying these principles.

EHRA’s Spring Conference will be held at Old National Events Plaza in Ballroom A from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Gessling is scheduled to speak from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Additional information regarding the event, pricing, and registration is available at  EHRA is an affiliate chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, and is the leading professional association for human resource professionals in the tri-state area, including Southwestern Indiana, Kentucky, and Southern Illinois.

Pat Shoulders named to the 2020 American Mock Trial Championships Steering Committee

Posted on Apr, 2 2018

Evansville will host the 2020 American Mock Trial Championships and will host talented students from across the country. A Steering Committee has been formed to prepare for the event and the Committee consists of many of our State’s best and brightest, including Pat Shoulders.  Pat is a constant contributor and supporter of the education of our youth and is a seasoned and talented litigator and appellate advocate.

Five ZSWS Attorneys have been named Super Lawyers or Rising Stars for 2017

Posted on Feb, 26 2018

Congratulations to ZSWS Partners Pat ShouldersDirck H StahlJean BlantonClay Havill, and Molly Briles for being recognized as Indiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars among Indiana attorneys! Only 5 percent of the State’s lawyers are selected as Super Lawyers and only 2.5 percent of attorneys under age 40 are selected as Rising Stars.

Molly Briles receives the Pro Bono Publico award from the Indiana Bar Foundation

Posted on Nov, 7 2017

Molly Briles is one of southwest Indiana’s leading advocates for adults and children affected by violence and neglect. She provides direct services and leadership to ensure their safety. Molly created and administers a pro bono protective order project by recruiting attorney volunteers to handle referrals from local domestic violence shelters and setting up a system with the shelters to contact her anytime a resident or client needs legal representation at a protective order hearing. Since January 2015, Molly has logged more than 215 pro bono hours beyond what she’s done administering the protective order project. Molly will receive the award on December 10, 2017.