Mr. Vela conducts a diverse civil litigation, regulatory and risk management practice with an emphasis in defending employers against employment lawsuits, including those alleging discrimination and harassment and complaints before equal employment opportunity commissions. Mr. Vela also has experience defending state wage and hour claims and assists clients with day-to-day employment law advice. In addition to employment litigation, Mr. Vela has experience reviewing and drafting employee handbooks and employment policies. Mr. Vela also advises management and employers on immigration matters and has experience with nonimmigrant visas, labor certification and employer-sponsored green cards.
Mr. Vela graduated cum laude from the Creighton University School of Law in 2009 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Creighton University in 2005.
March 13, 2013 Kutak Rock Renews its Pledge for Diversity in Nebraska
March 16, 2012 Omaha Employers: LGBT Ordinance Effective March 30 On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, the Omaha City Council narrowly passed an amendment to the current equal employment opportunity ordinances prohibiting employers, employment agencies and labor organizations in the City of Omaha from discriminating against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
October 10, 2011 NLRA Posting Mandate Postponed Until January 2012
Confusion and controversy prompted the National Labor Relations Board (the Board) to issue a statement on October 5, 2011 delaying its posting mandate until January 31, 2012.
January 24, 2011 Kutak Rock Named Mentoring Advocate Of The Year
March 14, 2014 Whistleblowing in Public, Liability in Private
On March 4, 2014 the United States Supreme Court held that whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 extends to the employees of a public company's private contractors and subcontractors.
October 1, 2013 E-Verify Is Unavailable Due to the Government Shutdown
July 1, 2013 Two Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Weaken Discrimination and Retaliation Suits for Employees
On Monday, June 24, 2013, a sharply divided Supreme Court made it harder for employees to win discrimination and retaliation suits against their employers. In a pair of 5-4 decisions, the Court limited how juries can decide retaliation lawsuits, requiring victims to prove employers would not have taken action against them but-for their intention to retaliate. The Court also held a person must be able to hire and fire someone to be considered a supervisor in discrimination lawsuits.
May 10, 2013 NLRB Advice and Rulings Provide Guidance on Employer Policies
May 10, 2013 SCOTUS: At Class Certification Stage, Plaintiffs Must Prove Damages Are Capable of Measurement Through Class-Wide Proof On March 27, 2013, in a 5-4 decision of a very divided bench, the U.S. Supreme Court held plaintiffs in a class action must demonstrate damages attributable to a class-wide injury may be measured on a class-wide basis to qualify for certification.
May 10, 2013 NE Supreme Court: PTO Is Like Vacation and Must Be Paid Upon Termination, Despite Employer's Contrary Written Policies In a 4-3 split decision, on May 3, 2013 the Nebraska Supreme Court in Fisher v. Payflex Systems USA, Inc. held that paid time off (PTO) is the same as accrued but unused vacation that must be paid upon separation of employment under the Nebraska Wage Payment and Collection Act (the Act).
October 18, 2012 Wage & Hour Considerations: Smartphones: Changing the Workplace One App at a Time
As more employees choose to use smartphones for work, the landscape has once again shifted for employers. Several new mobile applications, or apps, for smartphones have given employees increased autonomy and abilities at work.
October 4, 2012 Noncompete Agreements in the Health Care Industry: An Rx for Restricting Competition?
The high demand for health care professionals and increased physician mobility has heightened the need for employers in the health care industry to protect their confidential information, trade secrets and competitive position.
June 22, 2012 FLSA: Pharma Reps Qualify as Exempt
On June 18, 2012, the United States Supreme Court resolved a split between the Second and Ninth Circuits, finding a pharmaceutical sales representative qualifies as an exempt outside salesperson under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
November 6, 2013 Employment Law CLE 2013
November 8, 2012 Employment Law CLE 2012
November 17, 2011 Employment Law CLE 2011