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Laura P. Worsinger

Laura P. Worsinger

Senior Counsel

Expertise

  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Business & Commercial
  • Environmental
  • Dental Service Organizations Group

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

Dykema
California, U.S.A.

Profile

Laura Worsinger is Senior Counsel to Dykema and has more than three decades of counseling and litigation experience. She specializes in two highly regulated areas of the law: employment and trade regulation.

Trade Regulation

Ms. Worsinger is an expert on trade regulation, marketing and promotional matters. She has substantial experience advising clients as to pricing programs, product labeling and in-store and internet sales and advertising. She defends clients with respect to federal and state trade regulation claims involving pricing, contests and sweepstakes, telemarketing, privacy and unfair and deceptive practices. Her skill in aggressively dealing with regulatory agencies and private attorneys general has resulted in excellent outcomes for her clients.

As a former official with the Federal Trade Commission, Ms. Worsinger headed up national antitrust investigations of wholesale and retail pricing in the apparel and consumer electronics industries and obtained numerous consent orders. She also spent five years in-house, representing the JC Penney Company.

Ms. Worsinger has represented many prominent companies engaged in both manufacturing and retailing, including: Nike, VF Corporation, VF Sportswear, Tommy Hilfiger, Manhattan Beachwear, Nautica, Kipling, Lucy Sportswear, BCBG, Michael Stars, 7 Jeans, Big Dog, ABS, Laundry, Juicy Couture, Perseption, Irene Neuwirth, Borghese, Baby Lulu, Francesca's Collections, Un Deux Trois, Sugarbrand, Nzania, John Paul Richard, Lunada Bay, Lamps Plus, JC Penney, Macy’s, John Varvatos, Brooks Brothers, Hurley and Cole Haan.

Also as a member of the Executive Board of the California Fashion Association and an authority on regulatory issues in the manufacturing and retailing industries, she consults industry leaders on legislative issues and critical national and global  trade matters, specializing in compliance with regulatory requirements.

Employment

Ms. Worsinger is a specialist at matters involving the employer-employee relationship including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, minimum wage and overtime, representing clients before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, such as the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California EDD and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

Her expertise and uncommon knowledge of wage and hour law has enabled her to develop and implement policies for clients that are compliant with diverse federal and state requirements. This includes numerous regulations, including the eight hour day, employee classification, meal and rest periods premiums, the California Wage Orders, the Private Attorney General Act ("PAGA"), "Waiting Time" penalties and Itemized Earnings Statement requirements under the Labor Code.

Ms. Worsinger heads up a Dykema litigation team that succeeded in defeating class certification in a number of wage and hour class actions brought against national apparel manufacturers and retailers, food processors and restaurant chains. She has also defended dozens of discrimination and harassment claims, most of which she was able to resolve at minimal cost to her clients.

Creativity and common sense are of utmost importance to Ms. Worsinger. Taking an aggressive proactive stance, Ms. Worsinger has developed innovative policies and procedures aimed at ensuring compliance with the myriad of federal and state rules and regulations, enabling clients to do business anywhere in the U.S. including California:

  • Her program, "It's Fit that Counts," has helped clients properly classify workers, avoid expensive claims, defeat class actions and prosper in highly regulated states.
  • She has developed preventative policies to avoid WARN Act claims for clients dealing with downsizing and layoffs.
  • California mandates that employers with 50 or more employees anywhere in the US provide Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. Ms. Worsinger has created a state of the art interactive program that assists supervisors in preventing and responding to sexual and other forms of harassment and provides mechanisms to implement and promptly address and correct wrongful behavior.
  • California laws place strict limitations on employers' ability to control employee competition. She has designed unique non-compete, non-solicitation, non-disclosure and arbitration agreements that have withstood challenge in California courts and provided significant protection for employers.
  • An expert on the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Ms. Worsinger counsels employers on credit and criminal reports and on employee investigations and reference checks.

Bar Admissions

California

Education

University of California, Los Angeles, J.D.
  • Law Review
Areas of Practice

Antitrust & Trade Regulation | Business & Commercial | Dental Service Organizations Group | Dykema Delivers HR Innovation | Environmental | FDA Regulatory | Labor & Employment | Litigation | Mergers & Acquisitions | Mergers & Acquisitions Annual Survey | Product Safety

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations

California Fashion Association, Lecturer and Executive Board Member
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Retail Crime Committee


Seminars

New California Employment Laws, Fashion Industry Human Resource Association, Los Angeles Chapter, California Fashion Association
February 23, 2012
Articles

The Impact of COVID-19 Laws on the Return of Employees to the Workplace
Dykema, May 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sweeping new laws and regulations having a tremendous impact on California workplaces were enacted in California in 2020 and 2021. Included, among numerous others, are laws imposing health and safety obligations on employers, regulations requiring employers to quarantine employees and provide wage replacement for employees exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace, along with mandated job-protected paid sick leave and extended paid family leave...

Is Wi-Fi Sickness a Disability? California Appellate Court Holds That It Is Under FEHA
Dykema, February 2021

Is Wi-Fi sickness a disability? The California Court of Appeal just said it is in Brown v. Los Angeles Unified School District (2d Dist., Div. Eight), Case No. B294240. In a case that tests the limits of California’s liberal pleading standard, the appellate court green-lighted a claim of a woman who asserted a disability of “electromagnetic hypersensitivity,” or, as the concurring justice put it, “Wi-Fi sickness...

California Employment Law Alert: New Employment Laws Effective On or Before January 1, 2021
Dykema, December 2020

The emergence of COVID-19 has changed the workplace as we once knew it. California employers need to be prepared for unprecedented compliance challenges in recent legislation related to the ongoing pandemic, expanding leave protections, wage and hour compliance risks, and much more. Employers will need to review and adapt their policies and procedures in order to keep up in the coming year with California’s ever-changing employment laws...

Additional Articles


"What to Expect When Your Employees are Expecting"
January 15, 2013
California Daily Journal

"Employee Seating Requirements In California"
January 10, 2012
ACC Lexology Website

"California Transparency in Supply Chains Act"
December 19, 2011
ACC Lexology Website

"New California Employment Laws"
October 19, 2011
ACC Lexology Website

"State and Federal Regulations Impacting California Employers in 2011"
January 12, 2011
ACC Lexology Website

Employee Expense Reimbursements: Best Practices for Avoiding Wage/Hour Claims"
November 2008
BLR-Business & Legal Resources

"Surviving I-9 Audits and No-Match Letters"
April 2008
California Fashion Association

"Avoiding the Overtime Dilemma"
February 2008
Mortgage Banking Magazine

"Pre Employment Screening-Tips for Background Checks"
October 2006
Security Magazine

" 'Enquiring Employment'—What You Need to Know Before Investigating Applicants and Employees"
Spring 2006
Points & Authorities


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