Susan M. Schaecher: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Susan M. Schaecher

Denver,  CO  U.S.A.
Phone(303) 218-3650

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Employment Litigation and Counseling
  • Prevention and Compliance Programs
  • Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition
  • Wage and Hour Compliance
Mailing AddressSuite 2700, 1801 California Street, Denver, Colorado, 80202
University University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, B.A., 1979
Law SchoolUniversity of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, NE, J.D.
Admitted1982, Nebraska; 1985, Colorado; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado; U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Nebraska Bar Association


Sue Schaecher's practice has been dedicated to representing employers in labor and employment-related matters since 1984.

Her practice includes representing employers in bench and jury trials and appeals in state and federal courts, arbitrations, mediations, proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies, government audits, investigations, drafting policies and negotiating agreements.

She advises employers of all sizes from a variety of industries on matters such as employment discrimination, covenants not to compete, trade secrets, unfair labor practices, wrongful termination, joint employer liability, wage and hour issues, hiring, discipline, termination, workforce reductions, affirmative action and litigation avoidance.

Sue has served on the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy's Rocky Mountain Regional Deposition Program from 1997 to present.

She has presented seminars for companies and trade groups and at continuing education programs for attorneys and human resource specialists on labor and employment law topics throughout her career.

In 2011, 2012 and 2013, she presented the employment law segment of the Annual Institute on Advising Nonprofit Organizations in Colorado. She currently serves on the Associates Council of the Associated General Contractors of Colorado.

Throughout her legal career, Sue has written articles on labor and employment law developments for numerous publications. Recent examples include the Society for Human Resource Management's HR Magazine Court Report, Colorado Construction and Design magazine and the Labor and Employment Law newsletter of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Sue has prepared the Colorado and Nebraska summaries for the “General Counsel's Executive Summary of Employment Law in the 50 States” co-published by Worklaw Network and the Association of Corporate Counsel in 2010 and by Worklaw Network in 2012.


Treating Whistleblowers as Friends, not Foes
October 19, 2015

Government Proposals Clarify Burden of Disclosure Requirements
July 15, 2015

Viewpoint: Colorado's New Wage Law Puts Teeth In Unpaid Wages Enforcement
August 25, 2014

Interviewed on KHOW radio re use-it-or-lose-it policies in Colorado,
September 28, 2015

Colorado State Law Guide for F&P website
2014, 2015

Legal Update column in Job Done Right quarterly newsletter of the Mechanical Contractors Association
“Major Expansion of Overtime Pay Requirements Proposed, ”
Fall 2015

“Proposed Updates to Sex Discrimination Guidelines Announced, ”
March, 2015

“Workers Compensation Act Amended to Increase Choice of Doctors, ”
September, 2014

“Agency Rules Shine Some Light on Keep Jobs in Colorado Act, ”
September, 2014

“Stop Thief! Government Continues to Charge Employers Who Commit Workplace Fraud, ”
January, 2014

“Numerical Goals for Employing Veterans and Disabled Among Changes for Federal Contractors, ”
October, 2013

“Five New Colorado Laws Impact Employment”
September, 2013

“New Forms Issued for Employers to Verify Authorization to Work, ”
April, 2013

Hold the Cheetos: Colorado Employers Can still Restrict Marijuana Use Issue 8, February, 2013

Colorado Construction & Design magazine
“Criminal Background Check Policies: New Guidelines Identify Features that Reduce Risk, ” Summer 2012

Colorado Construction & Design magazine
“'It ain't over...' Liability for Retaliation Against Former Employees, ” Winter 2012

Colorado Construction & Design magazine
“Government Agencies Raget Construction Company's Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors, ” Fall 2011

Labor and Employment Law, publication of ABA Section of Labor and Employment
“Supreme Court Sets Standard for 'Cat's Paw' Liability, ” Spring 2011, Vol 39, Number 3


New Rules and Laws Affecting Federal Contractors
December 12, 2015

Ask an Expert
October 21, 2015

2015 FMLA Master Class
October 20, 2015

Denver Breakfast Briefing: Avoiding Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims and Managing Employees Who Make Them
August 20, 2015

“When ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) Comes Calling! Managing Risks, Auditing Forms, and Avoiding Penalties” “US Department of Labor Audits” by/for CHLA/CRA,
July 27, 2015

“Sex, Gender, Same-Sex Marriage & Transgender Employees: What it All Means”presented at One Day, Many Solutions program by Fisher & Phillips LLP on
April 29, 2015

OFCCP Bootcamp: Part 3, “OFCCP Construction Contractor's AAPs” Fisher & Phillips webinar
March 30, 2015

Rocky Mountain Regional Deposition Program on, by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Faculty member for three-day “learn by doing” program.
Dec. 5-7, 2014

“Avoiding Wage Claims: Common Mistakes, ” Colorado Restaurant Association's WestEx.
November 12, 2014

“Breaking Bad Behavior” (with Andria Ryan) during CHLA's annual conference
October 22, 2014

“Only in This Town (State & Local Employment Law Developments and Trends)” presented at One Day, Many Solutions program by Fisher & Phillips LLP
May 7, 2014

“Employment Law, ” presented at the Annual Institute on Advising Nonprofit Organizations in Colorado, sponsored by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado
May 2, 2013

Recreational Marijuana, AGC Safety Committee
January, 2013

“Employment Law, ” presented at the Annual Institute on Advising Nonprofit Organizations in Colorado on May 11, 2012. Sponsor: Continuing Legal Education in Colorado

Medical Marijuana, AGC
March, 2010


Associated General Contractors/Colorado, Associates Council Secretary-Treasurer, Industry Gala & Ace Awards Committee
Colorado Attorneys for the Arts, Vetting Committee


Eighty-Four Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015

Quotes and Soundbites

Department of Labor Set to Enforce Wage Protection Act
September 28, 2015

No More 'Use it or Lose it' Vacation Rules for Colorado Employers
September 24, 2015

Transgender Employees Seeking Greater Workplace Protection
May 21, 2015

Dealing With Employees Who Want Information on Sick Co-Workers
December 22, 2014

Contagious Diseases in the Workplace
December 15, 2014

Is Your Workplace Prepared for a Pandemic?
December 14, 2014

Sue Schaecher Featured In Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors' Newsletter
January 17, 2014

Newsletter Articles

President, OFCCP Set New Employment Rules For Federal Contractors
September 1, 2014


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Colorado Department Of Labor "Clarifies" Vacation Pay Position
Susan M. Schaecher, October 27, 2015
In late September of this year, the Colorado Department of Labor (CDOL) announced that “use-it-or-lose-it” vacation policies would no longer be permitted pursuant to its enforcement policy. However, mere weeks later, the CDOL reportedly acknowledged to the Denver Post that the materials...

Colorado Employers Face Significant Change In Vacation Pay Law
Susan M. Schaecher, September 24, 2015
“Use-it-or-lose-it” vacation pay policies are no longer permitted under Colorado wage and hour laws, according the Colorado Department of Labor Division of Employment’s current enforcement policy.

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Susan M. Schaecher

1801 California Street
DenverCO 80202


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