Garen E. Dodge: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Garen E. Dodge

Reston,  VA  U.S.A.
Phone(703) 483-8300

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Practice Areas

  • Affirmative Action Compliance and OFCCP Defense
  • Drug Testing and Substance Abuse Management
  • Government Relations
  • General Employment Litigation
  • Workplace Safety and Health
  • Background Checks
University University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, B.A., summa cum laude, 1979
Law SchoolWilliam & Mary Law School, J.D., 1982
Admitted1982, Wisconsin; 1984, District of Columbia; 1990, Virginia

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 has been recognized by Smart CEO as one of its “Go To Lawyers” and by Lawdragon as a “Leading Lawyer. He has also been named a “Super Lawyer” in both Washington, D.C. and Virginia, and has long been “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Dodge is a member of the Virginia, District of Columbia and Wisconsin bars. He is a Member of the United States Supreme Court bar, as well the federal and state courts in Virginia, District of Columbia and Wisconsin. He is a member of the Labor Relations Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 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.

Mr. Dodge received his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay in 1979. He earned his J.D. in 1982 from the College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law.


September 1, 2012
Checking In on Background Checks: How the EEOC and States Are Restricting Their Use

June 6, 2012
EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment

March 13, 2012
Due Diligence, Background Checks and Employment: Protecting the Safety of Employees, Customers and At-Risk Populations
Washington, D.C.

Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
•Member, Labor and Employment Litigation Steering Committee of the National Chamber Litigation Center
•Member, Retail Litigation Center for Employment Law EquityGeneral Counsel, Council for Employment Law Equity
•Member, Labor Relations Committee, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
•AV Martindale Hubbell Rating
•The College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law Foundation Board of Trustees
•SmartCEO “Go To Lawyers”
•Virginia Super Lawyers 2010, 2011 and 2012
•2011 and 2012 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer, Law & Politics
•Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in the United States
•Guest Lecturer, Georgetown University

Published Works

Using Background Checks in Making Hiring Decisions, WMACCA Newsletter (3/15/13) [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 (3/23/09) [Co-Author]
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Fair Pay Act Impacts Compensation Recordkeeping, Business & Legal Reports (SHRM) (February 2009) [Quoted In]
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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 Employee's 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]
DOL's Proposed FLSA White Collar Exemption Revisions Face Challenge in Congress
(November 2003) [Author]
Keeping Your Company's 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 Circuit's 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 Court's 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]


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Senators Introduce Bill to Overhaul National Labor Relations Board
Garen E. Dodge,Philip B. Rosen, March 27, 2015
A bill introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on January 28 would make significant changes to the National Labor Relations Act, including adding a sixth member to the National Labor Relations Board and requiring an even representation of...

District of Columbia Enacts Ban-the-Box Legislation Limiting Employers’ Criminal Background Inquiries on Applicants
Susan M. Corcoran,Garen E. Dodge,Richard I. Greenberg, September 16, 2014
A new District of Columbia law prohibits employers from inquiring into a prospective employee’s criminal conviction background on its application and before making a conditional offer of employment.

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Garen E. Dodge

10701 Parkridge Boulevard, Suite 300
RestonVA 20191


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