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.
Oregon is poised to become the first state to enact a “secure scheduling” or “fair work week” law that will impose significant new employee scheduling requirements on certain categories of large employers. Senate Bill 828, which will set new scheduling standards for employers with 500 or more employees worldwide in the retail, hospitality, or food … Continue Reading
“Who will be hurt if gays and lesbians have a little more job protection?” Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals posed this question a few months ago during oral argument in a case involving a teacher who alleged she was fired because she is lesbian. On Tuesday, the en banc Seventh … Continue Reading
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
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 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