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Melissa Schilling represents public and private sector employers in labor and employment matters.  In that role, she has successfully represented clients in state and federal cases involving a broad range of labor and employment laws, including Title VII, the American with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.  Melissa also has extensive experience investigating and handling matters filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and related federal and state agencies.  Her work before these agencies includes assisting clients at the early charge stage, during governmental investigations, and throughout any subsequent litigation. 

In addition to her litigation experience, Melissa has experience counseling employers on a wide range of labor and employment issues, including cyber security issues, discrimination, harassment, FMLA and medical issues in the workplace, technology issues, and discipline matters.  In her counseling practice, she takes a proactive approach to responding and resolving various employment issues and assists her clients in establishing policies and procedures necessary to comply with the ever-changing law. 

In addition to labor and employment law, Melissa represents real estate companies, condominium associations, and homeowner associations before the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.  Melissa’s practice also includes representing real estate companies, banks, and insurance companies in commercial litigation. 

As part of her proactive approach to helping clients, Melissa also regularly conducts training for employers on a wide range of employment matters, including prevention of discrimination and harassment, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act, hiring and recruitment practices, cybersecurity risks and strategies, discipline, supervisor best practices, and appropriate investigation techniques. 

Prior to joining Dickinson law, Melissa Schilling practiced labor and employment law with a Chicago law firm, where she represented primarily municipal employers in state and federal litigation, grievance arbitration, and matters pending before the Illinois Labor Relations Board. 

Posted on 04/25/2016 at 11:14 AM by Melissa Schilling

Scary reminder: HR directors may face liability for FMLA violations

Managing FMLA leave and the FMLA certification process is typically one of the most challenging assignments for HR profe...

Posted on 04/22/2016 at 01:34 PM by Melissa Schilling

Seeking damages for pain and suffering? Harsh lessons from playing hide-the-ball

In employment lawsuits, pain and suffering damage awards (sometimes referred to as emotional distress damage awards) hav...

Posted on 03/07/2016 at 07:23 AM by Melissa Schilling

Colorado Supreme Court: Employer's zero-tolerance drug policy trumps Colorado's medical marijuana law

Co-Authored with Russell L. Sampson and Jill R. Jensen-Welch For years, employers have struggled with the implications o...

Posted on 03/07/2016 at 07:23 AM by Melissa Schilling

DOL publishes new FMLA model forms

While most of us were enjoying our Memorial Day holiday, the Department of Labor  was busy publishing new versions...

Posted on 03/07/2016 at 07:24 AM by Melissa Schilling

The EEOC issues proposed regulations on wellness programs

Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, employers have increasingly looked to wellness programs to cut heal...

Posted on 03/07/2016 at 07:24 AM by Melissa Schilling

Obama Administration: "Paid leave is a worker's right, not a privilege"

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, a senior advisor for President Obama announced that President Obama will push Congress t...
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