Mary E. Pivec

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Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202.719.2061

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Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Wage/Hour
  • Immigration
 
University Towson State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1972
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1981
 
Admitted1981, Maryland; 1995, District of Columbia; Virginia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
 
Memberships 

Memberships
•American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law
•American Immigration Lawyers Association, Documentation and Verification Committee
•National Association of Women Lawyers
•Women Lawyers Association, Board of Advisors
•U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Labor & Employment Committee

 
BornBaltimore, Maryland, July 15, 1949
 
Biography

Mary Pivec has more than 30 years' experience as a management-side immigration and employment attorney.

Mary's immigration practice focuses on the growing intersection between immigration enforcement and immigration-related labor protections. She represents employers in civil and criminal worksite enforcement cases, I-9 compliance counseling and immigration-related discrimination investigations, administrative hearings claims and H1-B/LCA investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Labor wage and hour division.

Mary is also a leading practitioner when it comes to defending employers in both whistleblower matters and hybrid cases involving complex employment, immigration, discrimination and wage and hour issues. Mary has served as first chair in a broad range of administrative and civil whistleblower cases on behalf of corporate, public sector and individual defendants/respondents involving corporate fraud; air, surface and rail transportation safety; food and consumer product safety; energy and environmental safety issues; and in retaliation cases based on alleged protected activity under EEO, wage and hour, and immigration law.

Recent Experience
•Defended a global computer services company in a civil rico class action predicated on alleged violations of the labor condition application requirements and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
•Defended a multi-state landscaping company in a broad ranging immigration and wage and hour compliance investigation.
•Represented a multi-state logistics staffing company on appeal of a seven figure I-9 paperwork notice of intent to fine.
•Represented a county school board on appeal of the largest back pay and civil money penalty determination ever issued by DOL in an LCA enforcement action.
•Represented a global mechanical engineering staffing company in contesting debarment for alleged LCA recordkeeping violations.
•Represented a regional supermarket company in multiple DOL whistleblower investigations and administrative hearings and appeals.
•Represented a technology commercialization company in a long-running
Sarbanes Oxley whistleblower matter culminating in dismissal of the complainant's petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Recent Speaking Engagements
•The Implications of the Infosys Consent Decree, 35th Annual AILA South Florida Immigration Conference, February 2014.
•Immigration Worksite Enforcement Update, AILA Midwest Regional Conference, March 2014.
•Assessing the Implications of Immigration Reform for Employers, ABA Annual Labor & Employment Committee Conference, November 2013.
•An Update on I-9 Investigations and Enforcement Activity, 10th Annual American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) New England Immigration Law Conference, March 1, 2013
•How to Protect Employers from Immigration-Related Penalties, American Immigration Lawyers Association Midyear Conference, January 25, 2013

Publications
•Employers Should Prepare Now for Filing H-1B Visa Applications January 21, 2015
•Heads Up - The ACA Employer Mandate Is Now In Effect: Beware of Actions that Could Result in ACA Whistleblower Liability January 12, 2015
•DOL Administrative Review Board Nixes Greedy H-1B Worker's Front Pay Appeal Based on New H-1B Employer Petition Approval January 5, 2015
•Appeals Court Vacates DOL Rule Authorizing Use of Skill-Based Private Wage Surveys in H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Application Proceedings December 10, 2014
•How Will Obama's Immigration Actions Impact Employers? November 24, 2014
•Brand Protection: The Case for Franchisor Auditing and Enforcement of Franchise Agreement Compliance Clauses October 3, 2014
•Is Your Business At Risk for Damages and Civil Money Penalties Based on Violations Stemming from Improper I-9 and E-Verify Procedures? May 15, 2014

Presentations
•Is Your Company Due For an I-9/E-Verify Compliance Check-Up? - Complimentary Webinar July 15, 2014
•2014 Symposium of the Council for Global Immigration - Alexandria, VA June 4, 2014

Media Coverage
•Employers Should Prepare Now for Filing H-1B Visa Applications January 21, 2015
•Heads Up - The ACA Employer Mandate Is Now In Effect: Beware of Actions that Could Result in ACA Whistleblower Liability January 12, 2015
•DOL Administrative Review Board Nixes Greedy H-1B Worker's Front Pay Appeal Based on New H-1B Employer Petition Approval January 5, 2015
•Practitioners Provide Tips on Preparing For Site Visits, Investigations by USCIS, DOL January 5, 2015
•Appeals Court Vacates DOL Rule Authorizing Use of Skill-Based Private Wage Surveys in H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Application Proceedings December 10, 2014
•How Will Obama's Immigration Actions Impact Employers? November 24, 2014
•Brand Protection: The Case for Franchisor Auditing and Enforcement of Franchise Agreement Compliance Clauses October 13, 2014
•Brand Protection: The Case for Franchisor Auditing and Enforcement of Franchise Agreement Compliance Clauses October 3, 2014
•Forty-Seven FordHarrison Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 August 24, 2014
•Forty-Seven FordHarrison Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 August 18, 2014
•Is Your Business At Risk for Damages and Civil Money Penalties Based on Violations Stemming from Improper I-9 and E-Verify Procedures? May 15, 2014
•Ford & Harrison Adds Immigration Partner in DC Office May 13, 2014
•Four DC-Based FordHarrison Partners Named to the 2014 Super Lawyers List May 7, 2014
•Mary Pivec May 6, 2014

Honors and Awards
•fellow, ABA College of Labor and Employment Attorneys
•Baltimore and Washington DC's Top Attorneys, by The Washington Post
•Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in Employment Litigation-Defense by Super Lawyers magazine
The Best Lawyers in America - Immigration Law
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

 
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DOL Administrative Review Board Nixes Greedy H-1B Worker's Front Pay Appeal Based on New H-1B Employer Petition Approval
Geetha Nadiminti Adinata,Mary E. Pivec,Charles A. Roach, January 30, 2015
Executive Summary: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has just released a final decision and order rendered this past July by the Administrative Review Board (ARB), holding that an H-1B worker's front pay claim against a former employer is cut off where it is clear that the worker changed employers...

Heads Up - The ACA Employer Mandate Is Now In Effect: Beware of Actions that Could Result in ACA Whistleblower Liability
Mary E. Pivec, January 30, 2015
Executive Summary: Effective January 1, 2015, certain employers became subject to the employer mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and thus subject to liability under the ACA Employer Shared Responsibility provisions. Specifically, effective January 1, 2015, employers...

Brand Protection: The Case for Franchisor Auditing and Enforcement of Franchise Agreement Compliance Clauses
Mary E. Pivec, October 7, 2014
Executive Summary: The recent criminal prosecution of several 7-Eleven franchisees, which arose out of a criminal alien employment investigation, as well as efforts by government agencies to treat franchisors and franchisees as joint employers for the purposes of liability under federal labor and...



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