Mr. Parker counsels employers on every aspect of the employment relationship, including policies and handbooks, investigations, discipline and termination decisions, medical leaves of absence, and workplace safety concerns. Mr. Parker offers guidance regarding non-discrimination laws and addresses claims of discrimination based upon race, age, gender, disability, national origin, religion and other protected characteristics. Mr. Parker also serves as a resource for clients involved with claims of sexual or other discriminatory harassment and provides practical guidance to address and resolve such claims.
Mr. Parker also assists employers in drafting and promulgating restrictive covenants designed to avoid unfair competition, such as non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements. He litigates claims on behalf of employers against former employees (and often their new employers) for breaches of these agreements and also for related claims such as theft of trade secrets, breach of the duty of loyalty, and unfair competition. Mr. Parker also advises departing employees (and their new employers) regarding contractual and other legal rights and obligations, and defends challenges to their new employment.
Mr. Parker also has a wage and hour practice that is focused primarily on defending complex wage and hour class and collective actions arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws. Mr. Parker also works with employers to ensure compliance with the FLSA and state law counterparts.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Parker was an associate in the labor and employment and commercial litigation practice groups at Baker Botts L.L.P. in Dallas, Texas.
While at the University of Arkansas, Mr. Parker was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and also served as co-captain of the University of Arkansas Men’s Tennis Team. While attending law school, he was a member of Phi Delta Phi, a recipient of the University of Arkansas School of Law High Academic Achievement Award (given to the student who finishes third in their graduating class), and was an Associate Editor on the Arkansas Law Review.
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•State Fair of Texas Raffle Committee Member (2012)
• To the Spoliator Go the Spoils: Arkansas Rejects Independent Tort Cause of Action, Arkansas Law Review (June 2008)
Speeches and Presentations
•“Restrictive Covenants: Lessons Learned,” 2018 Texas Half Day Symposium (Dallas, TX, September 2018 (Presenter)
•“Key Employment Issues Part II: When Trouble Arises,” ACC Corporate Counsel University (Philadelphia, PA, June 2018) (Presenter)
•“Ethical Challenges for In-House Counsel: When is That Email Privileged,” Corporate Counsel Conference (Miami, FL, March 2018) (Presenter)
•“Key Employment Issues Part I: Keeping the Business Going,” ACC Corporate Counsel University (New Orleans, LA, June 2017) (Presenter)
•“Employee Handbook Update - 2016,” River Valley Human Resources Association (Russellville, AR, October 2016) (Presenter)
•“Wage and Hour Update: Preparing for Changes to the White Collar Exemption Regulations,” Mansfield Economic Development Corporation (Dallas, TX, April 2016) (Presenter)
•“Employee Handbook Update - 2016,” Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association, Inc. (Springdale, AR, February 2016) (Presenter)
•“Preparing for Change: Anticipated FLSA Regulatory Changes and Obama Administration Enforcement Trends,” Mid-Cities HR Association (Dallas, TX, January 2016) (Presenter)
•“Pay Discrimination - The New Rules: How to Conduct a Pay Equity Analysis, Ensure it is Privileged and Protect Your Organization,” Mid-Cities HR Association (Dallas, TX, January 2015) (Presenter)
•“Fearless Hiring: Conquering Issues of What to Ask, Pre-Employment Testing, and Background Checks,” Center for Nonprofit Management (Dallas, TX, February 2014) (Presenter)
•“The Latest Update on Retaliation,” Mid-Cities HR Association (Dallas, TX, January 2014) (Presenter)
•“Facing Cancer and Other Catastrophic and Chronic Illnesses in the Workplace: An HR Perspective,” Dallas HR (Dallas, TX, July 2013) (Presenter)
•“My Space or Your Space: Defining the Metes and Bounds of the Interconnected Workplace,” Dallas HR (Dallas, TX, February 2012) (Presenter)
•“Risks of Social Media in the Workplace (and How to Protect Your Company and Employees),” Mid-Cities HR Association (Dallas, TX, January 2012) (Presenter)
In the News
April 17, 2018
Talley Parker Speaks with Pfizer Ombudsman Timothy Shore on Using an Ombudsman to Mitigate Harassment Crises
Talley Parker spoke with Pfizer Ombudsman Timothy Shore on the relevance of an Ombuds program in the #MeToo era in Chief Executive Magazine's To Avoid Harassment Crisis, Try an Ombudsman. Subscription may be required to view article
April 28, 2017
Jackson Lewis' Recently Elevated Attorneys Spotlighted
Jackson Lewis' recently elevated attorneys spotlighted in Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q1, published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article
January 5, 2017
Jackson Lewis Congratulates 21 Newly Elevated Principals
January 5, 2017 (White Plains, NY) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to congratulate the firm’s 21 newly elevated Principals. “Our new Principals embody many of the important traits that help make an attorney successful at Jackson Lewis,” said Vincent A. Cino, Firm Chairman. “...
Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Report
Applying Delaware Law, Federal Trial Court in Texas Determines that Restrictive Covenants in Incentive Stock Agreements Are Overbroad and Unenforceable as Written
October 4, 2016
The importance of drafting non-competition and other restrictive covenant agreements narrowly in terms of geography, duration and scope of activities to reasonably meet the employer’s legitimate business interests should not be underestimated.
By Talley R. Parker
Immigration Law Briefing
KoKo Ye Huang joins Talley Parker for an immigration law briefing, covering updates on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, President Donald Trump’s “travel ban,” increased scrutiny surrounding work visas, workplace raids and audits, “Buy American and Hire American,” and other recent executive orders.
2018 H-1B Visa Season Recap
Talley Parker discusses the H-1B visa, one of the most highly sought-after visas sought by employers who want to hire foreign nationals via the H-1B visa program for employment for the upcoming fiscal year. The H-1B temporary work visa is common for those in specialty occupations, typically professional positions requiring at least a...
Predictive Scheduling Laws
Talley Parker and Tracey Wallace discuss the recent developments surrounding predictive scheduling laws and what employers can do to meet predictive scheduling regulations.
Professional Associations and Activities
•American Bar Association
•Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
•Dallas Bar Association, Admissions & Membership Committee (2011), CLE Committee (2011), Speakers Committee (2011)
•Texas State Bar
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