New Federal and State COVID-19 Legislation: A Q&A From the Plaintiff and Defense Perspective
In this second part of a multi-part series, Corporate Counsel presents a dialogue between Steve Kardell of Kardell Law Group and Harry Jones of Littler Mendelson on new federal and state legislation from the plaintiff and defense perspective.
A Candid Discussion on the Effects of COVID-19 on Employment Law
In an interview with Law.com, Dallas whistleblower attorney, Steve Kardell states, “As a result of being on the other side of many disputes with Littler, I was aware of their multi-functional knowledge base, for both client counseling and litigation. Covid-19 has obviously upended all facets of employment law. I sat down with Harry Jones, a Littler partner who is helping spearhead their Covid-19 practice, to get his perspective on this monumental change.”
TX Lawyer 2nd article on Judge Moye Kardell quoted (1)
Employment attorney, Steve Kardell of Dallas, wrote in an email that the situation has become “absurd” because of the way politicians have reacted. The judge had no other option than to enforce the law. The law on the books at the time clearly provided for jail time as a penalty, he said.
Employees Express Concern Over Some Restaurants’ ‘No Mask’ Policy
Steve Kardell explains that in instances of COVID-19 related issues, such as mandating restaurant employees to wear face masks, the governer’s orders prevail. Even if Dallas County created a new ordinance, the governer’s orders must be followed.
Texans Can Refuse to Return to Work, Continue Receiving Unemployment Assistance With Valid Reason: Abbott
Employment attorney Steve Kardell said his advice for workers fearing returning to work to gather evidence and any documents including doctor’s note indicating underlying health conditions. TWC hearings are held to determine if an individual’s refusal of work is justified and can continue to receive benefits.
Re-Opening Texas Leaves Workers with Tough Decisions
Steve Kardell explains if any worker refuses to return to work over fears of contracting coronavirus, unemployment will base their decision on whether or not the individual has COVID or just a fear of contracting COVID if they go back to work. A fear that is unrelated to their [worker’s] current medical condition wouldn’t allow them to refuse an offer to go back to work.
Frisco Firm Fires Employee After She Shelters in Place in Dallas County, Suit Says
Questions about worker rights in the pandemic are increasing. Steve Kardell says, people are worried about safe working conditions, worried about exposure, worried about protective clothing, which is sometimes in short supply. It’s one of those things where it creates even more uncertainty. After COVID is over, it’s going to open up a lot more employment law issues – including family medical leave. It’s my opinion this is going to open up more awareness of the problems and also legislation to cure those problems.
Why the Allen Business Where ICE Rounded Up Hundreds of Workers This Month Could Be Off the Hook
Steve Kardell, the Dallas whistleblower lawyer, is representing four former employees of one of the staffing companies targeted in the Allen raid and hopes to hold both the staffing company and CVE responsible. He said legal action is still pending.
Whistleblower Lawyer to Companies: Obey DOJ
Dallas attorney, Steve Kardell has a unique perspective as he has represented two former in-house attorneys who separately blew the whistle on their companies in 2018.
Fired Compliance Officer Sues MoneyGram
Texas Lawyer, Juan Lozada, has filed a retaliation and wrongful termination suit against the company.
In-House Lawyer Shined Spotlight on MoneyGram Compliance Woes
Dallas-area attorney Juan Lozada-Leoni alleged the failures—and MoneyGram’s reluctance to correct them—in a March 5 complaint to the U.S. Department of Labor.
MoneyGram Case Teaches Costly Lesson in Corporate Compliance (or Lack of It)
Dallas-based MoneyGram agreed Thursday to pay $125 million to settle allegations that the money transfer company failed to fulfill nearly all the compliance requirements of a 2009 order from the Federal Trade Commission. MoneyGram also violated the terms of its 2012 deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
To Depose a CLO: A Tricky Situation for Uber’s Lawyers
Steve Kardell quoted regarding general counsels, “Privilege is going to be the biggest hurdle that you’re going to meet over and over again.”
Fear, Retaliation Ruled Dallas ISD’s HR Department, Ex-Employees Say
Steve Kardell, Representing Smith, said “It was a complete freezing out for purposes of getting rid of him.”
SEC Gives Former Officer Half-Million Dollar Whistleblower Award
Wall Street Journal (blog)
This would usually disqualify a person from the agency’s whistleblower program, though the officer fell into an exception provided by the agency’s …
SEC Continues to Investigate Contractual Impediments to Whistleblower Complaints – JD Supra (press release)
SEC May Seek Companies’ Agreements to Determine Whistleblower Treatment – JD Supra (press release)
Citi Group Whistleblower Richard Bowen:
Citi’s Dark Story (video)
Prosecuting Wall Street (video)
Ex-Citigroup Execs Deny Fault (video)