Carrie Claiborne

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Carrie focuses on HR counseling and compliance, including auditing and drafting employee handbooks and policies. Her practice extends to litigation, especially defense of claims related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA), Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Employment litigation is one of the fastest growing sectors of litigation. Employers have done a good deed by educating workers about their rights; unfortunately, this can sometimes result in more claims.  Approximately one out of five lawsuits nationwide is filed by a current or former employee.  Among the employment cases, retaliation claims specifically continue to grow. In a retaliation claim, the focus shifts to how the company reacted to the original employee complaint, and away…
Legislative Activity Senate Democrats Oppose House DHS Funding Bill Led by Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), all 46 Senate Democrats filibustered the Senate’s attempt to take up the House-passed FY 2015 Department of Homeland Security [DHS] Appropriations Act (H.R. 240) multiple times last week. They were joined by Republican Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV). The Democrats oppose a number of provisions in…
Legislative Activity Senate Democrats Unite to Oppose House DHS Funding Bill Led by Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), 45 Senate Democrats sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on January 27, indicating their opposition to certain provisions in the House-passed FY 2015 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act (H.R. 240), such as riders to prohibit funding of President Barack Obama’s executive immigration actions. Sen. Shaheen has…
Legislative Activity DHS Funding Has Uncertain Future On January 9, House Appropriations Committee Republicans released their proposed $39.7 million FY 2015 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spending bill, which the House may consider as early as this week. The bill would increase funding for immigration enforcement-related agencies and cut funding for other domestic programs, such as the Transportation Security Administration and the Coast Guard. However, it would bar U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services from using…
Legislative Activity Appropriators Plan to Advance FY 2015 Spending Bill House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-AL) is expected to release an FY 2015 spending bill as early as today. The bill has been dubbed the “cromnibus,” to denote that it will be a hybrid of an omnibus of up to 11 individual spending bills and potentially one continuing resolution to provide short-term funding to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). House Republicans are considering…
Legislative Activity Congress Set to Extend FY 2014 DHS Budget in Continuing Resolution On September 9, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) introduced a draft continuing resolution (CR, H.J. Res. 124) to fund the federal government at the FY 2014 spending levels through December 11, 2014. Chairman Rogers announced, “Virtually all existing policy and funding provisions included in currently enacted fiscal year 2014 Appropriations legislation will carry forward in this CR . .…
Legislative Activity Next Steps Uncertain for Terrorism Risk Insurance Bill On July 17, the Senate passed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (S. 2244) by a bipartisan margin of 93-4. This bill, introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), would extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) to December 31, 2021; TRIA is currently set to expire on December 31, 2014. In the House, new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) indicated that…
Legistlative Activity Reid Files Motion to Proceed on Terrorism Risk Insurance Bill On July 9, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed a motion to proceed to the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (S. 2244). This bill, introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), would extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) to December 31, 2021; TRIA is currently set to expire on December 31, 2014. The bill enjoys bipartisan co-sponsorship and was…
Legislative Activity Senate to Mark Up FY 2015 DHS Appropriations The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security has announced that it will mark up the FY 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill on Tuesday, June 24. The Senate 302(b) spending allocation for homeland security is $45.9 billion, which is $6.7 billion more than the House’s homeland security spending allocation. Similar to the House bill, the Senate bill expected to provide increased funds for Customs and Border…
Legislative Activity House Appropriations Committee On June 11, the House Appropriations Committee favorably reported out of committee by voice vote the FY 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill.  This bill funds the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and related agency activities, such as border security, law enforcement, cybersecurity protection, counter-narcotics efforts, counter-terrorism activities, and disaster response. The bill provides $39.2 billion in discretionary funding for DHS, which is a decrease of $50 million from the FY…