Dee Anna D. Hays

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Dee Anna Hays is Board Certified in labor and employment law by the Florida Bar. She has been representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law compliance and litigation for over 11 years.  As a result, Dee Anna understands the legal issues as well as the practical issues confronting management. She enjoys counseling clients to solve tough issues and ardently defends them when necessary.

A growing portion of Dee Anna’s practice focuses on occupational safety and health issues.  She litigates OSHA cases and represents employers during government inspections and investigations.  Dee Anna also frequently guides employers in handling workplace fatalities and other severe accidents.

Dee Anna represents employers in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, retail, construction, technology, electrical utilities, and not-for-profit.  She advocates in federal and state courts and before numerous government agencies — including the DOL, EEOC, OSHA, NLRB, OFCCP, HHS, and FCHR.  On a regular basis, Dee Anna also handles handbook and compliance reviews on a national scale for large employers to proactively minimize liability (including privileged wage and hour and safety audits).

Dee Anna serves as the Director of Legislative Affairs for HR Tampa (SHRM) and is a past co-chair of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. She is a nationally recognized speaker and author on labor and employment law issues.

Dee Anna has a 3-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter. When she isn’t chasing her toddlers around Tampa Bay, she enjoys running in trail races. Her favorite distance is the half-marathon.

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Dee Anna is passionate about providing legal advice and counseling to management in difficult workplace situations, and is honored to be a trusted advisor to many long-term clients. She has significant experience working with the healthcare, retail, construction, technology, and non-profit industries.

Dee Anna has handled claims for employers involving:

  • Contesting OSHA citations (and related drug testing and workplace violence issues);
  • Multistate handbook and compliance audits;
  • Protecting trade secrets and enforcing non-disclosure, non-solicitation, and non-competition agreements;
  • Allegations of unpaid wages and overtime;
  • Allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation (based upon age, disability, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender);
  • Allegations based upon FMLA/leaves of absence/failure to accommodate;
  • Whistleblower claims (including OSHA and SOX retaliation claims);
  • Breach of contract, tortious interference with a business relationship, civil theft, invasion of privacy, negligent hiring/supervision/retention;
  • Reductions in force and difficult terminations.

Education

  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 2008
  • B.A., cum laude, Florida State University, 2005

Admittance to Practice

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida

Professional Activities

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (Co-chair of the Labor & Employment Law Section 2015-2016); Leadership Institute (Class of 2012-2013), and Co-Chair (2013-2014)
  • Florida Bar Association (The Florida Bar Journal and News Editorial Board; Labor and Employment Section’s Workplace Health and Safety Committee)
  • American Bar Association
  • Infants and Young Children “IYC” (Board Member)
  • Goodwill Industries-Suncoast (Ambassador)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Suncoast Human Resources Management Association
  • Emerge Tampa Bay
  • Junior League of Tampa
  • Legislative Director for HR Tampa (SHRM), Board of Directors

Speeches

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Safety Symposium - "OSHA 101: A Primer" - Nashville - December 5, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Ouch! Top Challenges in Handling Workplace Injuries" - Tampa - October 30, 2018
  • HR Tampa Annual Conference - "OSHA and Other Workplace Safety Legal Issues for HR Professionals" - Tampa - October 12, 2018
  • International Newspaper Group Annual Summit - "Impact of Legalized Marijuana in the Workplace" - Chicago - September 29, 2018
  • Lorman Webinar - "Contractor Guidance on Avoiding OSHA and Other Legal Problems" - September 26, 2018
  • Lorman Webinar - "OSHA Recordkeeping in Construction" - August 22, 2018
  • AHLA Annual Meeting - "High Times: Managing Legal Marijuana" - Chicago - June 26, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "When OSHA Pays a Visit Part II: The Inspection Continues" - May 31, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "The Aftermath of OSHA Fatality Investigations—Personal Injury Lawsuits" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • HR Tallahassee Annual Conference - "Top 10 Employment Law Questions and Answers" - Tallahassee - May 9, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "When OSHA Pays a Visit, Part I: How to Effectively Prepare for an OSHA Inspection" - April 25, 2018
  • ACC West Coast Chapter Spring Symposium - "The Road to Class Litigation" - Bowling Green - April 20, 2018
  • Bouchard Insurance Be Informed Seminar - "High Times Managing Legalized Marijuana" - Tampa - April 5, 2018
  • Lorman Webinar - "Construction Incident Investigation and OSHA Reporting" - October 16, 2017
  • Bouchard Insurance Client Seminar - "High Times Managing Legalized Marijuana" - Tampa - October 10, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "I Can't Believe They Did That" - Tampa - September 29, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "What HR Professionals Need to Know About OSHA" - Tampa - September 29, 2017
  • Client Management Training - "Employment Law Update and Hot Topics" - Tampa - September 28, 2017
  • Lorman Webinar - "OSHA Recordkeeping in Construction" - August 23, 2017
  • HR Tampa Breakfast Meeting - "High Times Managing Medical Marijuana" - Tampa - July 19, 2017
  • ACC West Central Florida - "Making the Tough Call: Real World Ethical Dilemmas for In-House Counsel" - Tampa - June 15, 2017
  • GSS 2017 Not-For-Profit Forum - "Key Employment Law Updates for Non-Profit Organizations" - St. Petersburg - May 3, 2017
  • Client Management Training - "Employment Law Hot Topics 2017" - Clearwater - April 24, 2017
  • Client Management Training - "The Trump Administration: A New Labor Law Landscape" - River Ranch - March 29, 2017
  • Client Management Training - "Managing Wage and Hour Issues: Practical Tips to Ensure Compliance" - St. Petersburg - March 28, 2017
  • IEC-FWCC 2017 Electrical Showcase - "Solving Wage Issues: Practical Tips to Avoid Employment Law Liability" - Tampa - March 23, 2017
  • ODWorks! - "Auditing Your Employee Handbook and Workplace Policies (Bring them with you!)" - Tampa - February 14, 2017
  • FTBA 2017 Construction Conference - "The Trump Administration: A New Labor Law Landscape" - Orlando - February 3, 2017
  • Career Source Polk 2017 State of the Workforce Summit - "Overtime Regulations – Who Can Keep Up" - Lakeland - January 26, 2017
  • Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Florida West Coast Chapter - "Election Update: What Employers Can Expect in 2017" - Clearwater - December 14, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Handbook Headaches: Ensuring Your Policies Withstand Government Scrutiny" - Tampa - November 4, 2016
  • Suncoast HR - "2016 Legislative Update" - St. Petersburg - September 14, 2016
  • FTBA 2016 Construction Conference - "Workplace Fatalities and OSHA Investigations" - Orlando - February 9, 2016
  • CPAacademy.org Webinar - "The Legal Landscape: Why Employers Should Be Concerned" - June 2015
  • Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Florida West Coast Chapter - "Successful Personnel & Training Practices" - Clearwater - December 10, 2014
  • Florida Public Human Resources Association Webinar - "Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire: Medical Marijuana and Other Drug Testing Issues" - November 6, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Revenge is Not So Sweet: Avoiding Retaliation Claims" - Tampa - September 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "What to Expect when your Employees are Expecting: Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues in the Workplace" - Tampa - September 2014
  • Suncoast HR - "2014 Legislative Update" - St. Petersburg - September 2014
  • Florida Public Human Resources Association - "Facebooking Employees may be LinkedIn to Liability for Employers" - July 2014
  • ODWorks! - "Minimizing Liability Under the FLSA" - Tampa - April 8, 2014
  • ODWorks! - "Auditing Your Employee Handbook and Workplace Policies (Bring them with you!)" - Tampa - January 14, 2014
  • Suncoast HR - "2013 Legislative Update" - St. Petersburg - September 2013
  • Employment Law Seminar - "Employee Feud: Resolving Workplace Complaints & New Investigation Issues" - Tampa - February 2013
  • Fall 2018 - HR Florida Review - "Revealing 5 Ways to Update Your Employee Handbook by Year's End"
  • 2018 - ABA's Occupational Safety and Health Law - 4th Edition (Chapter Editor) - "Relationship of the OSH Act to Other Federal Laws and Agencies"
  • Winter 2017 - The Construction Lawyer - "An Overview of OSHA Investigations and Citations"
  • 2016 - American Bar Association - "The Construction Lawyer’s Guide to Labor & Employment Law, Second Edition (Chapter 3)"
  • May 14, 2015 - SHRM.org - "11th Cir.: County Jail Worker with Cancer May Not Pursue ADA Claim"
  • October 2014 - Florida Public Human Resources Association, E-News, Issue 4 - "A Solid Investment: Strengthen Your Employee Handbook"
  • September 2014 - The Checkoff - "Federal Case Notes - Eleventh Circuit"
  • June 2014 - Suncoast HR Newsletter - "Florida Supreme Court Settles Debate in Favor of Viable Florida Pregnancy Discrimination Claim"
  • May 2014 - The Checkoff - "'Modernizing' White Collar Exemptions Under the FLSA"
  • May 2014 - The Checkoff - "Federal Case Notes - Eleventh Circuit"
  • March/April 2014 - Lawyer Magazine HCBA - "Spring Cleaning - A Fresh Look on How to Strengthen Your Company's Employee Handbook"
  • February 2014 - Suncoast HR Newsletter - "New Year's Resolution - Strengthen Your Company's Employee Handbook"
  • December 2013 - The Checkoff - "Federal Case Notes - Eleventh Circuit"
  • Board Certified in labor and employment law by the Florida Bar
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star (2015- Present)

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