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Johnine P. Barnes has wide-ranging experience in litigating and defending administrative claims of harassment; retaliation and discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex and disability; wrongful discharge and breach of contract issues; and client compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other federal and state statutes governing employment. Johnine has counseled and represented companies, government agencies and associations on labor law issues, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as analogous state statutes, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration and National Labor Relations Board proceedings. In addition to her labor and employment practice, Johnine's practice also includes business litigation matters. She has experience handling non-compete agreements disputes, contract disputes, trade secret matters, international disputes, white collar crimes claims, property interest disputes and legislative matters.

On Oct. 25, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance and updated the same on Oct. 28, to assist employers who receive requests for religious accommodations from job
Continue Reading EEOC Issues Guidance on Title VII and Religious Objections

Presuming that OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS stands, employers will need to adhere to further requirements by Jan. 4, 2022. Until then, employers should prepare for compliance with the Dec. 5 requirements.
Continue Reading OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Takes Effect Dec. 5: Are Employers Ready?

On Sept. 9, 2021, President Biden issued two executive orders (EOs) with a six-prong strategy to combat the COVID-19 variants, aimed to “save […] lives […] while also keeping schools
Continue Reading President Biden Issues COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Certain Workers and Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

In recent weeks, a number of federal legislative measures have been introduced that, if passed, will have significant impacts on federal labor and employment policies. This GT Alert reviews the
Continue Reading Federal Labor & Employment Legislation to Watch: Paycheck Fairness Act, PRO Act, and FAMILY Act