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  • 19 Sep 2018
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar

John Lasseter and Claire Deason of Littler Mendelson, P.C. will describe the common mistakes and risks employers take when engaging independent contractors, temporary employees, and interns.  Lasseter and Deason will discuss recent changes to the law, as well as practical tips and solutions for avoiding major legal battles – all to allow you to minimize risk while still ensuring your business has the resources and flexibility with personnel that it needs to succeed.  

In this webinar, participants will: 

  • The participant will have a general understanding some contingent labor options (independent contractors, temporary employees, and interns.)
  • Understand recent changes to contingent labor laws
  • Understand key legal watch outs for within the US    



John Lassetter, Shareholder at Littler Mendelson

John H. Lassetter represents employers in collective, class and hybrid actions brought under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws. He has successfully defeated certification in a number of threatened nationwide collective actions and has resolved many other cases involving the complicated legal issues that arise in wage and hour litigation. His practice also focuses on consulting with a wide range of employers on wage and hour compliance, ensuring best practices and avoiding class litigation. 

In addition to his specific focus on wage and hour issues, John counsels clients on a variety of other labor and employment issues including compliance with federal, state and local labor and employment laws, policy formation and implementation, leave management, disability accommodations, restrictive covenants, hiring and terminations, and workplace investigations and disciplinary proceedings. He has also 

represented clients in disputes involving race, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, and sexual orientation discrimination and harassment allegations, whistleblower and other retaliatory discharge claims, and unfair competition and trade secret disputes. 

John is a member of the Executive Committee of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce - Upper Midwest Chapter and is actively involved with the Norwegian-American community in Minnesota.


Claire Deason, Associate at Littler Mendelson

Claire B. Deason’s practice covers all areas of employment and labor litigation, with a specific emphasis on wage and hour litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). She develops creative, cutting-edge strategies for early resolution and dismissal of collective actions and has efficiently resolved collective actions for clients in the hospitality, service, and oil and gas industries. Claire has extensive experience with all stages of wage and hour litigation, including:

  • Early and representative discovery 
  • Conditional certification 
  • Decertification
  • Individual and collective settlements  

Claire also has experience supervising and coordinating claims administration processes for collective actions.  Aside from wage and hour litigation, Claire advises clients on all aspects of current wage and hour law and works closely with clients to revise payroll practices and calculation methods, review position classifications, and coordinate messaging and training to communicate changes to the workforce.

In addition to her wage and hour practice, Claire represents clients in traditional discrimination suits and agency charges under both federal and state laws.  Claire also assists clients with employment disputes in arbitration, and Department of Justice and Department of Labor investigations.  She advises clients on all aspects of day-to-day personnel matters, including leave and disability issues, employee discipline, and termination.

Claire’s experience includes counseling clients in issues arising under federal immigration laws.  In her pro bono practice, she has successfully obtained asylum, Permanent Resident status, and humanitarian parole for clients in individual immigration matters before U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services and U.S. Department of State. 

In law school, Claire was awarded the Steven M. Block Prize for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties for her article in the Minnesota Law Review, of which she was managing editor.

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