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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1993, Journal of Dispute Resolution, Editor; Order of Barristers; Board of Advocates;
      MU Law Society
    • B.J., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1985
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska

Jay M. Dade is an experienced labor and employment lawyer who counsels clients on:

  • Day-to-day personnel management and union management issues, including alcohol and drug testing policy implementation and enforcement
  • Federal and state wage-hour matters
  • Discrimination claims arising under federal and state law
  • Family and Medical Leave Act matters
  • Unfair labor practice charges, union organizing campaigns, representation elections, and secondary activity and arbitrations
  • Non-compete agreement implementation and enforcement
  • Unemployment compensation and eligibility proceedings

Jay represents employers before the EEOC, National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Department of Labor, Missouri State Board of Mediation, numerous state and local fair employment agencies, as well as federal and state courts nationwide. His practice focuses on general commercial and business litigation including appellate courts. In addition, Jay’s extensive experience allows him to provide training programs in the areas of sexual harassment, drug and alcohol policies, labor relations, general personnel administration, electronic information theft, and electronic information tampering issues.

  • Obtained a defense verdict in a federal jury trial, concerning race, color, sex, national origin, ethnicity and ancestry claims under Title VII, Nebraska Fair Employment Practices Act and 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1981 alleged by an interventional cardiologist against his former employer, a large network of community-based medical providers. Plaintiff sought a minimum of $2.4 million in lost wages, compensatory damages and additional punitive damages from the jury. If plaintiff had succeeded on just one of his claims, additional equitable remedies of front pay and attorneys’ fees would have been determined by the judge, for a total possible minimum liability of $3.4 million.
  • Obtained a holding from the Missouri Court of Appeals, affirming the Missouri Labor & Industrial Relations Commission, that an unemployment compensation claimant voluntarily leaves work without good cause attributable to his work or employer when he fails to obtain a reasonably requested physician’s release to return to work or otherwise made reasonable efforts to maintain his employment.
  • Obtained summary judgment in American Health Lawyers Association arbitration on behalf of national health care provider regarding multiple breach of contract claims brought by former physician pursuant to her former physician’s employment agreement with employer. Claimant sought $1 million in compensatory damages.
  • Obtained a first-impression holding from the Iowa Court of Appeals, reversing the district trial court, that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts contrary Iowa state law regarding the enforceability of mandatory arbitration provisions of employment agreements where the subject agreement affects interstate commerce.
  • Multiple longer-term successor contracts ratified with the Office and Professional Employees International Union on behalf of financial services employer, resulting in substantial gains for management and cost savings over respective contract terms.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a federal jury trial, concerning workplace battery alleged by a former senior executive against a peer senior executive. Plaintiff sought $250,000 in compensatory damages and additional punitive damages.
  • Affirmed summary judgment obtained on behalf of the defendant against the plaintiff in a declaratory judgment action concerning the interpretation of a 1994 agreement under the Missouri Statute regarding property annexations. Plaintiff's last settlement demand was $854,500.
  • Separate bargaining units/contracts ratified with the Laborers Union, Teamsters Union, and Operating Engineers Union.
  • Enforcement of non-solicitation and confidentiality provisions against former financial services representatives, resulting in $347,000 award.
  • Assisted a client when a claimant’s positive drug test was held to be admissible business record versus inadmissible hearsay in Missouri Employment Security Law proceedings.
  • Obtained a defense verdict from a U.S. Department of Labor administrative law judge in a “whistleblower” case arising under the Energy Reorganization Act.
  • Represented a regional wholesale grocery distributor in front of the Court of Appeals, overturning an adverse Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission decision, in which the commission used the incorrect standard for admitting “business records” under the Missouri Employment Security Law.
  • New contract ratified with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union on behalf of regional retail grocery stores employer
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