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October 01, 2015

President’s Second Term Promises Continued Focus on Enforcement of Employment Laws

With the beginning of President Obama’s second term in office, U.S. employers can expect a continued focus at the Federal and possibly state and local levels on compliance with fair employment laws. For example, the U.S. Department of Labor, and other federal agencies with regulatory authority over employment matters, have signaled that they will continue efforts to address pay equity. In addition, on December 18, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that it approved its Strategic Enforcement Plan, the culmination of a multi-pronged project aimed at enhancing enforcement across the broad spectrum of non-discrimination issues.

In this enforcement-oriented regulatory environment, employers should take pro-active measure to assess their workplace policies, compensation structures, and related pay practices. Even as the economy recovers and unemployment decreases, there is still sufficient pressure in the workforce to yield a continued stream of employee claims and law suits. Moreover, trends in recent case law suggest an expansion of who can sue whom and for what.

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About this Author

Marc D. Katz, Labor Law Attorney, Andrews Kurth Law Firm

Marc is the Chair of the firm's Labor & Employment section and focuses his practice on management-side labor and employment litigation and counseling. His experience includes drafting, negotiating and litigating non-competition and confidentiality agreements, trade secret litigation, state and federal employment discrimination cases, wage and hour issues, medical leave, FMLA and ADA compliance issues, class action employment cases, wrongful discharge, and defamation litigation.

Marc develops workplace policies and advises corporate clients on mass layoffs, reductions in force,...

Elizabeth A. Campbell, Andrews Kurth Law Firm, Business Attorney
Partner and Chief Diversity Officer

Elizabeth is an attorney and diversity practitioner with a successful record of working with business leaders, executives and teams to accomplish organizational goals. In her role as Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the diversity and inclusion components of the firm's strategic plan. She collaborates with the firm's Labor and Employment Section attorneys and is a frequent speaker, training facilitator and author on the topic of diversity and inclusion and related employment law topics.

She works closely with the chairs of the firm’s Diversity Committee and the Women’s Initiative Team, and is a member of the Hiring, Professional Development and Associates Committees. She also collaborates with the firm’s marketing professionals to drive marketing and branding strategies; the Community Relations partner to identify opportunities to support community-based endeavors that align with the firm's strategic goals; human resources professionals to develop human capital strategies for all employees; and accounting professionals on the firm's supplier/vendor diversity pursuits.

During her career, Elizabeth has worked in the areas of administrative and employment law both in law firm and in-house counsel settings, and has led human resources, employment relations and diversity and inclusion strategies at large corporations. Before joining Andrews Kurth in February 2007, Elizabeth served as Vice President of Employment Relations and Corporate Diversity Officer for ARAMARK in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth received her J.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and her B.A. from the American University in Washington, D.C.