The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry is the state chamber of commerce and the state manufacturers’ association. The Chamber promotes and protects the state’s business climate through a wide variety of efforts. The Chamber is involved in federal and state legislation and regulations, human resources, taxation, the environment, health care and other issues that affect the state’s business community. The Chamber works to make your business a success by advocating for you in the State Capitol and by providing you with access to knowledge and services that improve your bottom line.
One way we do this is by offering our Human Resources Library. We are pleased to announce the release of the Tennessee Human Resources Manual and Model Policies and Forms for Tennessee Employers. We know it is not easy to understand all the rules and regulations affecting the way you run your business. We hope these guides will help you operate your business more efficiently and avoid the hidden pitfalls that lurk among the maze known as HR.
These resources were not written as a response to employee-related problems, but to help you avoid them. The guidelines and checklists will make that easier and the examples, FAQ’s and step–by-step instructions will give you the confidence to know that you are on solid ground.
If you would like to know more about the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, we would welcome your call at 615-256-5141 or a visit to our web site at www.tnchamber.org.
Andrew Wampler is the chair of the Wilson Worley employment law practice group and also practices in the areas of healthcare law and business and commercial litigation. In addition to litigation, Mr. Wampler reviews and negotiates contracts, advises business clients, and conducts investigations. He also serves several organizations as counselor and volunteer. He currently serves on the Human Resource Committee for The United Way of Greater Kingsport, having served as its chair, along with serving on the Board of Directors for the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kingsport, Providence Medical Clinic, Leadership Kingsport, FunFest, Sunrise Rotary Club, Kingsport Bar Association, Kingsport Jaycees, and Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center. He serves as president of the Board for Small Miracles, Boys and Girls Club, and Kingsport Jaycees. Mr. Wampler has written on various legal topics in law reviews and bar journals, with his work cited by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and used for training by Met Life. He has presented talks at local, regional, and national meetings, continuing education seminars, and conferences. He is a member of other community organizations and has received several awards.
Mr. Wampler also serves as a Hearing Officer for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility and as an Assistant Examiner for the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.
Mr. Wampler received a J.D. and an M.A. in English from the University of Tennessee and a B.A. from Presbyterian College. In law school, Mr. Wampler received the William M. Leech Memorial Scholarship, Distinguished Student Attorney Service Award and the Jerry J. Phillips Comment Award. He served as Articles Editor of the Tennessee Law Review. He has also taught English and literature classes at the University of Tennessee and at Roane State Community College and taught Non-Profit Certificate program courses at Northeast State Technical Community College.
William (“Bill”) Rutchow joined the firm in 1988. After several years in the Greenville, South Carolina office, he moved to the Nashville office in 1995. He is currently a Shareholder in the Nashville office. Bill currently concentrates his practice in three areas: Workplace Safety and Health, Unfair Competition/Trade Secrets, and Employment Litigation. Bill also has experience in commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, and NLRB proceedings.
Workplace Safety and Health - Bill has extensive experience in crisis management for clients involved in workplace accidents resulting in fatalities, injuries, and/or significant property damage. Bill represents clients in proceedings before OSHA, CSB and state OSHA plans.
Unfair Competition/Trade Secret Litigation - Bill has represented clients in unfair competition disputes including matters involving breach of contract, fraud, deceptive trade practices, violation of restrictive covenants and misappropriation of trade