Garen E. Dodge is a Shareholder in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is Leader of the firm's Government Relations practice, and coordinator of the firm's Government Contracts industry group.
Mr. Dodge's practice covers the spectrum of employment litigation, including both state and federal claims involving labor; privacy; discrimination; harassment; wage and hour; and occupational safety and health. He assists companies in establishing workplace harassment, affirmative action, substance abuse and other programs, and trains supervisors and employees on effective personnel policies. He has experience conducting workplace investigations. He represents clients before Congress and key federal agencies.
Mr. Dodge serves as General Counsel to the Council for Employment Law Equity. He served as an Attorney-Advisor for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary, Benefits Review Board from 1982-1985. He has served as a guest lecturer at Georgetown University.
Honors and Recognitions
•Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers
•SmartCEO “Go To Lawyers” Garen E. Dodge
• Using Background Checks in Making Hiring Decisions, WMACCA Newsletter (March 15, 2013) [Co-Author]
• United States: Ledbetter Act Prompts EEOC To Give Aggrieved Employees New Chance To Sue In Closed Cases, Mondaq (8/4/2009) [Author]
• The Employee Free Choice Act, WMACCA (March 23, 2009) [Co-Author]
• Fair Pay Act Impacts Compensation Recordkeeping, Business & Legal Reports (SHRM) (February 2009) [Quoted In]
• Privacy Expectations of Job Applicants: Tips for Employers in Conducting Background Checks, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (January 2008) [Author]
• WARN Act Class Action Status Sought in Aegis Mortgage Company Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy Protector (Sept 7, 2007) [Author]
• Privacy Expectations of Job Applicants: Tips for Employers in Conducting Background Checks, Privacy & Data Security Law Journal (September 2007) [Author]
• Thinking of Accepting Advertising from a Federal Agency? Understand OFCCP Affirmative Action Requirements First, Mass Media Update (Summer 2007) [Author]
• Managing Volunteer Firefighters for FLSA Compliance: A Guide for Fire Chiefs and Community Leaders, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Volunteer & Combination Section (November 2006) [Co-Author]
• Trainees and Students Under the Fair Labor Standards Act: Must They Be Provided Overtime? The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 14.8 (August 2006) [Author]
• Deducting Losses from Employees Salary Jeopardizes FLSA Status, Workplace Trends (June 2006) [Author]
• Driver Use of Cell Phones: Steering Clear of Liability, Bus & Motorcoach News (June 1, 2006) [Author]
• Employer Monitoring of Employee Phone Conversations Requires Planning, Privacy in Focus (June 2006) [Co-Author]
• Instant Message Use in the Workplace - Strategies for Managing Privacy and Other Legal Risks, Privacy in Focus (June 2005) [Author]
• DOL Opinion Letter Expands Marketers Use of Motor Carrier Exemption from FLSA Overtime Requirements, PMAA Journal (Spring 2005) [Author]
• DOLs Proposed FLSA White Collar Exemption Revisions Face Challenge in Congress (November 2003) [Author]
• Keeping Your Companys Holiday Party out of the Newspaper Headlines, Workplace Trends (November 2003) [Author]
• How Franchisors and Franchisees Can Work Together on Employment Issues, Franchising World (October 2003) [Co-Author]
• Can Employers Reclassify Employees as Exempt Executives? A Closer Look at the Fourth Circuits Ruling that Expands the FLSA Exemption, Workplace Trends (August 2003) [Co-Author]
• How to Draft Compensation Agreements for Bonus and Commission-Based Employees without Violating Wage Payment Laws, Workplace Trends (June 2003) [Author]
• Workplace Privacy: Steps Your Company Can Take to Reduce the Risk of Litigation (Feb 28, 2003) [Author]
• Beyond Big Brother: the New World of Workplace Privacy (2002) [Author]
• Lesson of the Supreme Courts New Sexual Harassment Rulings, Employment Testing Law & Policy Reporter (1998) [Author]
• The Fair Labor Standards Act: A Compliance Manual for Emergency Personnel, International Association of Fire Chiefs (1998) [Author]
• Transportation Law Safety Compliance Handbook, Petroleum Marketers Association of America (1996) [Author]
• Employment Law for Petroleum Marketers, Petroleum Marketers Association of America (1995) [Author]
• Employee Selection and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act: The Legal Debate Surrounding Selection Criteria, Validation and Affirmative Action, Policy Issues in Employment Testing (1994) [Co-Author]
• Drug Free Workplace Kit, National Association of Manufacturers (1990) [Co-Author]
• Winning the War on Drugs: The Role of Workplace Testing, Employment Policy Foundation (1989) [Co-Author]
• Criminal Prosecutions for Occupational Injuries: An Issue of Growing Concern, Employee Relations Law Journal (1987) [Co-Author]
• State and Local Laws Regarding Drug Testing of Employees, Bureau of National Affairs (1987) [Author]
Speeches and Presentations
• Checking In on Background Checks: How the EEOC and States Are Restricting Their Use, (September 1, 2012) Webinar
• EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment, (June 6, 2012) Presentation
• Due Diligence, Background Checks and Employment: Protecting the Safety of Employees, Customers and At-Risk Populations, (March 13, 2012) Washington, D.C.
July 24, 2015
Bill in Congress Would Allow Employees to Request Changes to Schedules
July 24, 2015
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would require employers to consider their employees' requests for changes to their work schedules and to provide more predictable and stable schedules for employees in certain occupations with evidence of unpredictable and unstable scheduling practices. The Schedules That Work Act, S.1772, also...
May 29, 2015
'Blacklisting' Rules for Government Contractors Proposed by Federal Agencies under Executive Order
May 29, 2015
Implementing President Barack Obama's “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (E.O. 13673), often called the “Blacklisting” or “Bad Actors” executive order, the U.S. Department of Labor has issued proposed guidance (“DOL Guidance”) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (...
February 24, 2015
Senate Committee Hearing on NLRB's New Election Rule
February 24, 2015
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) strongly condemned the National Labor Relations Board's reissued “quickie” election rule for union representation elections, slated to take effect on April 14, 2015, at a recent HELP Committee hearing on the Board rule....
In the News
December 14, 2012 Jackson Lewis
Jackson Lewis Attorney Appears Before U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
December 14, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 14, 2012) On Friday, December 7th, Jackson Lewis Partner Garen E. Dodge provided testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in support of the appropriate use of criminal background checks in employment.The Commission initiated the December 7th briefing to assess whether the Equal Employment...
November 29, 2012 Jackson Lewis
Garen Dodge to Appear Before U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for Briefing on Impact of Criminal Background Checks
November 29, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Commission on Civil Rights announces that it will hold a briefing on the impact of criminal background checks and the EEOC's conviction records policy on employment of black and Hispanic workers. The briefing will take place at the new headquarters offices of the Commission on...