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Jen Jackman represents employers in state and federal courts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, as well as throughout the United States, on all aspects of employment, from hiring to discharge. She is an experienced advisor on employee handbooks, employment contracts (including confidentiality agreements, non-solicitation and non-competes), pay equity, wage and hour, avoiding discrimination claims, family and medical leave, fair labor standards, disability accommodations, discipline, performance improvement plans, termination and severance agreements.  

Jen partners with employers to learn their business from the ground up, understanding there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the myriad and evolving labor and employment challenges they face on a near-daily basis. Jen strives to deliver the best workplace solutions for business while minimizing risk, with efforts that include running through risk assessments for terminations, demographic analysis for RIFs, and managing poor performance.

An important focus of Jen’s practice centers on conducting investigations into internal complaints of harassment and discrimination. Her work on this front has included several high-profile and sensitive matters, and many have been international in scope. Jen also counsels boards of directors regarding employment matters and in ensuring they meet their fiduciary duties in responding to claims. She is experienced representing executives in a wide range of employment issues, including negotiation of employment agreements, stay agreements, and severance agreements,  as well as providing counsel and navigating the process when an executive is the target of an investigation.

Jen is a seasoned litigator on behalf of corporate clients, business owners, executives, and board members, including in connection with claims for breach of contract, wrongful termination, discrimination, breach of fiduciary duty, defamation, tortious interference and enforcement of restrictive covenants.

In addition, Jen regularly provides management and staff training on a comprehensive range of employment-related issues, including anti-harassment, sensitivity, diversity and inclusion, dealing with difficult employees and hiring practices.  
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Speaking Engagements
  • Presenter, “Director and Officer Issues in Healthcare: What Every Board Member and Executive Should Know to Avoid Personal Liability,” LifeSpan Network Annual Conference & Expo (September 2022)
  • Presenter, "Remote Work Agreements: Establishing Expectations and Mitigating Risk," Virginia Society of Association Executives (June 2022)
  • Presenter, "Employment Law for Managers," Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute (WMCCAI) Conference and Expo, Communities in Bloom, (March 2022)
  • Presenter, "Learn How to Navigate Through Sticky Employment Situations," PAWSitive Leadership, Podcast (December 2021)
  • Presenter, "Human Resources & Employment Law," American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Law Essentials for Non-Lawyers, Webinar (November 2021)
  • Presenter, "Employment Law Issues for Veterinary Practices," Pawsitive Leadership, Podcast (August 2021)
  • Presenter, "The Employment Relationship: from Hiring to Firing (and Everything in Between)," Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute (WMCCAI), Webinar (August 2021)
  • Presenter, "Recent Changes in Federal, Maryland and DC Law," Frederick County Society for Human Resources Management (FCSHRM), Webinar (May 2021)
  • Presenter, "HR Issues in the Time of COVID," Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA), Webinar (February 2021)
  • Presenter, "COVID-19 Vaccine: Employer Considerations," Frederick County Society for Human Resources Management (FCSHRM), Webinar (February 2021)
  • Panelist, "COVID-19 Vaccine: Workplace Impact and Strategies," Gartner Research, Webinar (February 2021)
  • Co-Presenter, "The Employment Relationship: From Hiring to Firing (And Everything In Between)," Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute, Webinar (August 2020)
  • Co-Presenter, "Compensable Time Provisions," American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition (August 2020)
  • Co-Presenter, "Weathering the Pandemic Storm: Tips for Successfully Sheltering in Place during the Covid Tsunami," Frederick County Society for Human Resources (FCSHRM), Webinar (May 2020)
  • Presenter, "Law Essentials for Nonlawyers: Human Resources & Employment Law", American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Webinar (April 2020)
  • Co-Presenter, "The Employment Relationship: Hiring to Firing & Everything in Between," Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute Conference & Expo (February 2020)
  • Presenter, "Maryland Employment Law: Updates and Changes", Frederick County Society for Human Resources (FCSHRM) Seminar (February 2020)
  • Co-Presenter, “Lessons Learned from Hollywood”, Frederick County Society for Human Resources (FCSHRM) Annual Conference (May 2018)
  • Presenter, "Montgomery County Employment Laws Updates & Information - Women in the Workplace," Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission (May 2018)
  • Lecturer at the 2008 ACCET Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX (FMLA and ADA Seminar)
  • Co-Author and Lecturer of Essential Litigation Skills for Washington, D.C. Paralegals, Institute of Paralegal Education (2002).
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