Dedria Harper Kolb practices with the Labor and Employment Law Group.
Her experience includes:
· Investigating Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims
· Defending employers against discrimination charges, including a class action Title VII discrimination case
· Conducting investigations regarding employee misconduct
· Reviewing and updating employee handbooks to ensure compliance with state and federal statutes
· Developing reduction in force strategies for compliance with the WARN Act
Prior to joining Nexsen Pruet, Ms. Kolb was an associate with K&L Gates. She also held two summer clerkships at firms in Raleigh and Charlotte as well as an internship with Justice Paul Newby of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Ms. Kolb earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her law degree, magna cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law, where she was staff editor of the NCCU Law Journal and worked with the Innocence Project.
Her publications include State Class Actions, Matthew Ball, editor (Aspen Publishing, 2010).
Nexsen Pruet Expands Employment & Labor Practice in NC; Dedria Harper Joins Charlotte office
Nexsen Pruet announced today that Dedria L. Harper has joined the firm as an associate in its Charlotte office, where she will concentrate her practice in labor and employment law.
Immigration Alert: E-Verify Is Currently Unavailable
As of October 1, 2013, employers will not be able to access their E-Verify accounts because of the federal government's partial shutdown.
Newsletter: Exchange Notice to be Delivered to All Employees by October 1, 2013
As part of the ongoing compliance efforts related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), employers who are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must provide notice to their employees of the existence of health insurance exchange marketplaces no later than October 1, 2013.
Obesity as a Disability Under the ADA: Is it More Likely Now Than Before?
In July, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a new policy that officially labels obesity as a disease, "requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention."
Two Supreme Court Rulings Improve Employer's Ability to Defend Against Harassment, Retaliation Claims
On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two critical decisions regarding Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which improve an employer's ability to defend against employee claims of harassment and retaliation.
How Franchise Systems Can Minimize Risks of Labor Violations
Nexsen Pruet attorneys John Cole, Dedria Harper Kolb, and Corby Anderson discuss ways to guard against wage and hour violations and fines.
Employment Law Update: Background Becomes Battleground
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently filed federal lawsuits against Dollar General and a BMW manufacturing plant in South Carolina based on the EEOC's revised guidance concerning use of criminal background checks.
Employers Beware: NLRB Continues to Target Policies and Agreements
The National Labor Relations Board continues its pursuit of employee handbooks and employment contracts in a series of recent decisions examining the lawfulness of confidentiality and alternative dispute resolution policies and agreements.
To Pay or Not to Pay? The Test for the Unpaid Intern
As the end of another academic year approaches, college students across the country are seeking summer employment opportunities.
FMLA's Twentieth Birthday
On February 5, 2013, the Family and Medical Leave Act turned 20 years old. Coinciding with this milestone, the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new final rule, which codifies further additions and revisions to the FMLA. This newsletter highlights some of the changes.
New I-9 Form Shows More Changes May be in Store for Employers
On March 8, 2013, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new two-page version of Form I-9, together with six pages of instructions. This article explains some of the notable features of the revised Form I-9.
Update: Noncompete Agreements in SC are Worth More Than the Paper They're Written On
In light of the restrictive nature with which South Carolina courts have historically viewed noncompetition agreements, many people assume they are not enforceable and, in essence, "not worth the paper they're written on." However, in January of this year, the South Carolina Court of Appeals upheld a physician's noncompetition agreement and expanded the scope of enforceable noncompetition agreements in this state.
Employment Law Update: U.S. Supreme Court Set to Define "Supervisor" for Purposes of Title VII
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case that could have a significant impact on employer liability. Specifically, as the result of an appeal in Vance v. Ball State University, et al, 646 F.3d 461 (7th Cir. 2011), the Court is poised to decide who qualifies as a "supervisor" for purposes of liability under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
2012 Employment and Labor Law Final Exam Answer Key
We received a great response to the 2012 Employment and Labor Law Final Exam. Thanks to all of our clients and friends who participated this year.
2012 Employment and Labor Law Final Exam
As 2012 comes to a close, it is time to put your employment and labor law knowledge to the test with Nexsen Pruet's second annual final exam. We will send out answers to the exam in two weeks.
Employment Law Update: Employers Face FCRA Update Deadline of January 1, 2013
Effective January 1, 2013, there is a new form that employers must provide prospective or current employees when conducting background checks subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
Employment Law Update: Recent Cases Address Employer Efforts to Protect Confidential Information
In recent months, both the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over federal cases in North and South Carolina, and the South Carolina Supreme Court have addressed the issue of protecting trade secrets and confidential information.
Employment Law - Business Immigration Update
Over the past few months, there have been several immigration developments that could have a significant impact on businesses in North and South Carolina. This update summarizes the key developments for employers.
Employment Law Update - Employers Beware: NLRB Challenges Established HR Practices
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a number of recent opinions questioning and, in some instances, invalidating common employer practices and policies on the grounds of protecting employee rights under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The impact of these decisions on handbook disclaimers and investigative procedures is addressed below.
Employment Law Update - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Upcoming Deadlines Require Employer Action
After months of anticipation and seemingly endless public debate, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision upholding the key individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). While the significance of the decision cannot be overestimated, the real import is its practical effect on employers.
New Rule Makes "Reasonable Factors Other Than Age" Defense More Difficult for Employers
On March 29, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a final rule making it more difficult for employers to establish a "reasonable factor other than age" defense for disparate impact claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
Recent Guidelines for Employers of Active Duty & Veteran Service Members
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued timely and relevant guidance for employers addressing protections afforded veterans under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
Keep Your Ears Peeled: Employment Law Update on the FLSA's "Anti-retaliation" Provision
In this issue we describe and discuss a recent federal appeals court decision concluding that internal complaints about pay may be protected by the FLSA's anti-retaliation provision.
Employment Law Update: Romance in the Workplace: You, Me and our Employer?
As Valentine's Day approaches, here are some interesting facts for employers to consider.
Recent Ruling that Class Action Waivers are Illegal Shows NLRB Remains Active
On January 3, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that a class action waiver in a mandatory employment arbitration agreement is illegal.
I-9 Compliance: Avoiding Traps of New Federal Security Features
A redesigned federal document is leading to confusion as businesses try to comply with the I-9 requirement.
Employment Law Update - January 2012
As employers plan for 2012, the inherent risk posed by departing employees presents an opportunity to reevaluate measures used to protect confidential information and trade secrets from the high cost of misappropriation.
NLRB Delays Requirement for Employers to Post Pro-Union Notice
On August 25, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued regulations requiring virtually all employers to post a large notice to employees informing them of rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), particularly their right to unionize. Employers must post the notice beginning April 30th, 2012.
Employment Law Update - December 2011
The EEOC is processing a record number of charges and collecting record settlement amounts. It is pursuing an aggressive systemic enforcement program and focusing on hiring issues. In this edition we discuss what the EEOC is doing and some of the implications for employers.
2011 Employment and Labor Law - Final Exam Answer Key
Last week's final exam generated tremendous response from Nexsen Pruet clients and friends. Congratulations to our winners.
2011 Employment and Labor Law - Final Exam
It's time to test your knowledge of the current state of employment and labor law.
Pro-Union NLRB Presents Challenges to Employers: Employment Law Update - October 2011
Recent pro-union decisions and proposed rules by the NLRB pose challenges for employers.
Wrongful Discharge Claims Limit Employment At-Will Doctrine in North and South Carolina: Employment Law Update - September 2011 Supplemental
Employment in North and South Carolina is at-will, which generally means an employer can terminate an employee at any time without notice. However, both states have long-recognized exceptions to the employment-at-will doctrine, including provisions that an employee cannot be discharged for reasons that contravene the "public policy" of the state.
Employment Law Update - August 2011 Supplemental
This edition is about a United States Supreme Court decision that illustrates the importance of using clear wording when drafting employee invention assignment agreements.
Employment Law Update - August 2011
South Carolina and North Carolina have passed state immigration laws mandating employment verification and imposing penalties for failure to comply.
Employment Law Update - July 2011
Employers are increasingly disciplining workers over misuse of social media. At issue in so-called "Facebook Firing" cases is whether terminating employees for making disparaging online posts, and having policies prohibiting such posts, violates federal labor law.
Employment Law Update - June 2011
This edition analyzes the EEOC's new final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Employment Law Quarterly Breakfast Briefing
Sexual Harassment - Survival Tips and Myths: Employment Law Quarterly Breakfast Briefing
Civic & Professional Memberships
· Council for Children's Rights - Volunteer Attorney
· Mecklenburg County Law Day Committee Member, 2010-2011
· Mecklenburg County Bar Association
· Junior League of Charlotte
· Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
· John S. Leary Bar Association