James J. Plunkett

Senior Government Relations Counsel || Washington D.C.

Jim Plunkett is a Senior Government Relations Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Ogletree Deakins. Jim was previously the Director for Labor Law Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he focused on legislation, regulations, and policy decisions that impact the workplace.  This included activity concerning the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as international labor issues.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Jim was an associate at a national law firm where he advised employers concerning their legal obligations arising under federal laws such as the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act.  Jim also assisted in conducting collective bargaining negotiations and drafting employee handbooks on behalf of clients.

Jim was also a Staff Attorney at the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTW) where he advised clients concerning violations of their rights due to compulsory unionism arrangements.  At NRTW, Jim represented his clients before federal courts, the NLRB, and various local public sector employment agencies.

Jim is a graduate of Boston College Law School in Newton, Massachusetts and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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Education

  • J.D., Boston College, 2004
  • B.A., James Madison University, 1999

Admittance to Practice

  • District of Columbia

Speeches

  • Ogletree Deakins Labor Law Solutions - "Inside the Beltway: Labor Politics" - Las Vegas - December 7, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Safety Symposium - "The Midterm Elections: What Impact Will the New Congress Have on Federal Regulation and Enforcement?" - Nashville - December 6, 2018
  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Beltway Buzz: The Midterms Are Over . . . Now What?" - La Quinta - November 8, 2018
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Washington Watch" - Boca Raton - November 11, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "“Headline News”—The Perfect Start to Your Workplace Strategies" - San Diego - May 4, 2017
  • January 28, 2019 - Human Resource Executive - "Coming Soon: More Worker-Friendly Legislation"
  • November 7, 2018 - Law360 - "What Congress' Shift Means For Workplace Law"
  • September 18, 2018 - SHRM Online - "DOL Focuses on Compliance-Based Programs"
  • September 17, 2018 - Bloomberg BNA - "Labor Board Ratchets Up Prosecution of ‘Negligent’ Unions"
  • August 20, 2018 - Law360 - "Are Federal Paid Leave, Scheduling Laws On The Horizon?"
  • July 24, 2018 - Bloomberg Law - "Dems, Staffers Concerned Labor Board Buyouts Could Undermine Agency"
  • July 18, 2018 - SHRM Online - "SHRM Opposes Boeing’s Micro-Bargaining Units"
  • April 10, 2018 - Bloomberg BNA - "Midterms Could Slow Labor Nominee Confirmations"
  • February 28, 2018 - Human Resource Executive - "Inside the EEOC’s Strategic Plan"
  • February 15, 2018 - Bloomberg BNA - "GOP Strands Labor Dept. in Tip Pool, as the Left Swarms"
  • January 20, 2018 - Law360 - "Attorneys Preparing Clients For A Costly Shutdown"
  • January 10, 2018 - Bloomberg BNA - "Slow Confirmations Could Hamper Labor Department Action"
  • January 1, 2018 - Law360 - "Labor And Employment Legislation, Regs To Watch In 2018"
  • December 13, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "What Federal Contractors, Workers Want for the New Year"
  • December 2017 - InsideSources - "What Democrats Have to Lose From the End of Forced Union Dues"
  • November 27, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "Labor Dept. Contractor Auditor Still Lacks Political Head"
  • October 17, 2017 - InsideSources - "Will Public-Sector Unions Really See a Mass Exodus of Members?"
  • October 5, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "Clash of Labor, Employment Laws Has Bosses Scratching Heads"
  • September 12, 2017 - Law360 - "5 Labor And Employment Bills To Watch"
  • August 24, 2017 - SHRM Online - "EEOC Ordered to Reconsider Wellness Rules"
  • August 23, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "DOL's Contractor Auditor Offers Buyouts in Face of Budget Cut"
  • August 18, 2017 - SHRM Online - "NLRB Tells Supreme Court It Opposes Class-Action Waivers"
  • August 17, 2017 - Law360 - "Dems And Trump Remain At Odds On Nominees"
  • August 4, 2017 - Employment Law Daily - "Marvin Kaplan confirmed to bring Labor Board to four Members"
  • July 21, 2017 - SHRM Online - "The Resurgence of Right-to-Work Laws"
  • July 20, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Senate Committee Advances Trump’s NLRB Nominees"
  • July 11, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Justice Department Now Defends Class-Action Waivers"
  • June 29, 2017 - Roll Call - "Trump Nominees for Labor Board Could Nix Obama-Era Rules"
  • June 29, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "Tump Nominates Corporate Counsel as New EEOC Chair"
  • June 27, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "Labor Department Shifts on Overtime, Opinion Letters"
  • June 9, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Labor Department Wants to Withdraw 2016 Persuader Rule"
  • June 8, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Labor Department Revokes Expansive Definitions of 'Employer'"
  • May 31, 2017 - Law360 - "Changes Employers, Workers Want To See At EEO Agencies"
  • May 24, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "Trump's Proposed EEOC-OFCCP Merger May Need Congressional Action"
  • May 23, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "Idea to Merge EEOC, Contracting Watchdog Not Well-Received"
  • May 23, 2017 - Law360 - "Workers, Biz Groups May Sink Plan To Merge EEOC, OFCCP"
  • May 23, 2017 - Law360 - "4 Questions Raised By Trump's Paid Family Leave Proposal"
  • April 28, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "What's Next at Labor Department After Acosta Confirmation?"
  • April 27, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Trump's First 100 Days and a Look Ahead"
  • April 27, 2017 - Law360 - "3 Key Questions For Employers As Trump's 100th Day Looms"
  • April 17, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Senators Urge Revocation of EEO-1 Form’s Pay Reporting Mandate"
  • April 14, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "Trump’s Davis-Bacon quote Turns Construction Industry Heads"
  • March 27, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "Punching In: Acosta Vote, DOL Opinions Tribal Labor"
  • March 27, 2017 - Law360 - "Maturing Workforce Puts Age Discrimination In The Spotlight"

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