About: Luke A. Wingfield

Through over twelve years of practice Luke Wingfield has developed a diverse practice and obtained extensive trial experience throughout the courts of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Mr. Wingfield's practice is concentrated in a number of areas, the first being insurance defense and insurance coverage matters. Mr. Wingfield on a near daily basis defends the insureds of insurance companies in cases ranging from wrongful death claims, to premises liability, to construction defects, and essentially everything in between. He also routinely handles declaratory judgment actions seeking to have courts determine the scope of insurance coverage available for certain claims and advises insurance company clients as to whether there is or is not insurance coverage in certain instances. Secondly, Mr. Wingfield routinely handles administrative matters and assists clients through the complicated web of rules and regulations that serve to trip up even the most vigilant of businesses in their operations and which confound individuals seeking relief. Thirdly, Mr. Wingfield handles employment law matters ranging from the draft of employee handbooks, to defending charges of discrimination before the EEOC and various Human Rights Commissions, to defending litigation alleging things such as violation of wage and hour laws and discrimination. Fourth, Mr. Wingfield routinely handles trademark matters for individuals and businesses, through both obtaining trademarks to making sure the trademarks they have obtained are protected to the full extent of the law.

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Do You Need Employment Practices Liability Insurance?

According to the 2012-2013 Edition of Jury Award Trends and Statistics, the national median award for employment practice claims in 2011 was $325,000, up from $172,500 in 2010. This figure confirms what many in the employment law community already know to be true, that the number of employment practices claims has increased, and with that increase there has been an increase in the size of awards over the years as well.  There is no reason to believe that this trend will not continue, and no business should believe itself to be immune from employment practice claims. Every business of size should seriously consider carrying Employment Practices Liability Insurance (“EPLI”) to protect itself from employment-related claims, which can encompass everything from sexual harassment, to wrongful termination, to defamation.  Although a business’s first line of defense should always be thorough up-to-date and well written HR procedures and policies, EPLI coverage can be a valuable lifeline when an expensive and lengthy lawsuit...
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Sick of Sick Employees? Can You Send Them Home?

At this time of the year when the flu, strep throat and other illnesses are making their way through our children, friends and society in general, it is good for employers to be mindful of their options, but more importantly to plan ahead for employees who come to work visibly ill.  While many people want to “tough it out” through an illness, the reality is that by toughing it out an employee may in fact be compromising the health of others and decreasing the productivity of an entire workplace.  The time to ask what to do about such an employee is not when the employee sits down at his/her desk at the start of the work day or takes his/her place on the assembly line.  Rather, the best time to consider how to handle these inevitable situations is well before they occur. The best time to address the issue of sick employees is when the employer sits down and...
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