Brenda Baumgart

Brenda Baumgart

Brenda Baumgart is a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment group. She focuses her practice on employment-related counseling and litigation, as well as appellate work. Brenda’s litigation practice includes representing employers in both federal and state courts, as well as handling agency charges before BOLI and the EEOC. She conducts on-site training and internal workplace investigations for private and public sector clients. Brenda also provides traditional labor support to clients and handles grievances and labor arbitrations. She frequently speaks in the community and trains clients on numerous topics including drug and alcohol issues, workplace harassment and discrimination, and family medical leave laws.

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Breaking News: DOL Salary Rule Blocked By Federal Judge

The Department of Labor’s controversial rule that required “white collar” employees to be paid at least $47,476 per year in order to be exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act will NOT go into effect on December 1, 2016 as planned.  A Texas federal judge on Tuesday agreed with 21 states that a nationwide preliminary … Continue Reading

Labor & Employment Law Under President-Elect Trump

In the wake of the election results, the question on everyone’s mind now is: What impact will President-Elect Trump have on employers?  Trump has thus far given few details on his thoughts on labor and employment.  But with Republicans maintaining control of Congress, employers could see a lot of changes in the next couple of … Continue Reading

The Ninth Circuit Joins Its Sister Circuits in Ruling That an Employee Who Threatens Co-Workers with Violence Is Not “Qualified” Under the ADA

The Ninth Circuit released a precedent-setting Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) decision yesterday, and it’s a big win for employers.  The Court held that an employee who makes “serious and credible threats of violence toward his co-workers” is not a “qualified individual with a disability” and therefore cannot state a claim under the ADA or … Continue Reading