Catherine E. Walters

Catherine E. Walters is a labor and employment attorney who provides exclusive management-side representation and compliance services for large, mid-sized and small employers with national and international reach, including both federal and state government contractors. Her practice includes an array of industries spanning manufacturing, health care, construction, financial, insurance, technology, retail, transportation, real estate, hospitality, restaurant and professional services to trade associations, foundations and institutions of higher education. Her extensive experience enables Catherine to partner with her clients to identify current and emerging risks and to develop creative, practical, business-oriented solutions to their legal challenges. Her proactive legal advice relative to management of emerging trends and developments, along with her strong collaborative skills emphasizing strategic thinking and focused solutions, enable her to provide employers with the sophisticated counsel that has become necessary in today’s complex business environment. Catherine regularly appears before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Facets of her employment counseling practice include:

  • federal and state law compliance, risk mitigation and resolution of federal, state and local agency claims
  • working with federal and state laws, including but not limited to FLSA, SCA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, Title VII, CRA, IRCA, E-Verify, USERRA, VEVRAA, Rehabilitation Act, Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, PCA, CWHSSA, federal contractor Executive Orders, OSHA, DTSA, WARN Act and state anti-discrimination, unemployment compensation, prevailing wage, wage payment, trade secret, mini-WARN acts and other laws
  • affirmative action planning and implementation of AAPs
  • affirmative action compliance audits and defense of OFCCP enforcement actions
  • wage and hour planning and compliance, including defense of Department of Labor audits and litigation
  • safety compliance and related issues, including defense of OSHA audits and citations
  • employment issues related to restructurings and reorganizations
  • reduction in workforce planning and implementation, including adverse impact analysis
  • employment discrimination prevention, training and defense of claims
  • employment, separation, noncompetition and other restrictive covenant agreements, including non-competition, non-solicitation and intellectual property protection agreements
  • employee benefits counseling
  • harassment, discrimination, diversity and sensitivity training
  • development of employer “Best Practices” and implementation of preventive processes

Facets of her management labor counseling practice, in both the private and public sectors, include:

  • working with federal and state labor laws, including both private and public sector labor laws
  • development of labor strategy
  • collective bargaining negotiations
  • arbitrations
  • unfair labor practices
  • union organizing and other union activities

Catherine frequently lectures and writes on employment and labor law issues for various continuing legal education and human resources organizations.