Overview

Nora concentrates on all areas of labor and employment law. Her practice includes counseling and charge and litigation defense on a wide range of issues spanning the employer-employee relationship, including but not limited to hiring, policies and handbooks, leave, accommodations, wage and hour issues, employee reductions and separations, and restrictive covenants. She also has a concentration in affirmative action program preparation and planning, and represents federal contractors in audits and other matters pending before the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

Nora has represented companies in federal and state court litigation, including appellate litigation, and has represented clients in matters pending before numerous local, state and federal agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the OFCCP, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Department of Labor, the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, other state fair-employment practice agencies and departments of labor, and state unemployment compensation tribunals. She also provides input on labor and employment issues in client mergers and acquisitions, and prepares and conducts trainings and other presentations addressing employers’ obligations under federal and state law.

  • Experience

    • Assisted a company in bringing multiple OFCCP desk audits to successful conclusion at the desk-audit phase, at times convincing auditors to narrow or abandon requests imposing an undue burden on the client.
    • Where employee resigned and took several electronic files with him in order to compete, achieved a settlement including restrictive covenants and other favorable terms, in lieu of litigation.
    • Assisted clients with updating leave and accommodation procedures, preparing training materials and guidance, and standardizing forms and communications.
    • In a collective action for alleged violations of wage and hour law, moved the court to compel individual arbitration despite the plaintiffs’ attempt to invalidate the arbitration clause on both procedural and substantive grounds.
    • Assisted a small business in dismissing and/or resolving charges filed at multiple state and local agencies after business was forced to sever employees as a result of a downturn in business, helping the company and its former employees move forward and reduce costs.
    • Helped a company navigate the myriad issues accompanying a plant shutdown, including drafting and sending of WARN notices, separation agreements, and appropriate messaging to impacted employees.
    • Successfully moved to dismiss Illinois Prevailing Wage Act claim on grounds that employer was exempt from coverage.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 2002
      Wisconsin Law Review, Articles Editor
    • College of the Holy Cross, B.A., English, 1995

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
      • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
        • Insights

          Speeches & Presentations

          Nora has spoken on numerous subjects, including the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), federal contractor affirmative action obligations, leave and accommodations, obligations arising under Illinois law and other state laws, harassment, and interviewing and hiring issues. Recent speeches include:

          • “Be in Compliance: Understanding If & How the New Overtime Rules Apply to Your Organization," Housing Action Illinois - 2016 Housing Matters Conference, Bloomington, Ill. (Oct. 27, 2016)
          • “DOL’s New Rule Expanding Overtime Eligibility," Embassy Group Ltd. 2016 Shareholders Meeting (Aug. 18, 2016)
          • “Medical Marijuana and Concealed Carry,” General Membership Meeting, Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, Des Plaines, Ill. (Mar. 4, 2014)
          • “OFCCP Update: Obligations under the New Veterans and Disability Regulations,” Protecting Your Company in 2014, Schiff Hardin Labor and Employment Breakfast Briefing, Chicago, Ill. (Oct. 23, 2013)

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