Rayna H. Jones

Shareholder || Phoenix

Rayna Jones has spent her entire career representing and counseling employers on all aspects of employment law. Rayna focuses on providing employers with practical advice for effectively managing employment issues. She is experienced representing and advising national, regional, and local clients on issues related to litigation prevention, employment discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, noncompetition, employee discipline, hiring, and termination, leaves of absences, drug testing, reductions in force, mergers and acquisitions, and other personnel matters. Rayna also has extensive experience drafting multi-state handbooks and policies, drug testing policies, and employment, termination, severance, independent contractor, and restrictive covenant agreements. Rayna regularly advises employers on navigating multi-state drug testing issues and on recreational and medical marijuana laws. Rayna has successfully responded on behalf of employers to state and federal agencies in numerous claims or charges under anti-discrimination, wage and hour, and employee leave laws. She is also an experienced employment litigator handling case in federal and state court.

Prior to joining Ogletree’s Phoenix office, Rayna worked for Ogletree in both Atlanta, Georgia and Austin, Texas.

In addition to practicing at firms in Arizona, Texas and Georgia, Rayna served as in-house Corporate Counsel for The Home Depot from 2004 through 2006 where she managed employment litigation and regularly advised internal clients on handling employment disputes, responding to administrative charges and managing day-to-day employee issues.

Because of her in-house experience and strong counseling skills, Rayna has been seconded to clients and continues to provide interim coverage for clients who need in-house employment counsel services on a temporary or on-going basis. These experiences have given Rayna valuable insight into the needs and expectations of both legal and internal business partners, which she is able to use in providing timely, practical, and insightful advice to her clients.

Prior to working at Ogletree, Rayna practiced in Austin, Texas where she had a particular emphasis on counseling technology and emerging-growth companies on employment issues.

Rayna is admitted in Texas, Georgia, and Arizona.

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  • Regularly practices before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other state and local governmental agencies, obtaining numerous findings of no probable cause
  • Obtained summary judgment for employers in numerous cases, including matters arising under the FMLA, ADA, state and federal anti-discrimination statutes, and contract and tort disputes
  • Served, on six-month secondment, as in-house labor and employment law counsel for a national retailer with over 50,000 employees
  • Provides ”in-house counsel” services to national manufacturing client on an on-going basis
  • Active member of the firm’s Drug Testing Practice Group with extensive experience in the preparation of multi-state drug testing policies
  • Extensive experience reviewing and creating multi-state handbooks and policies
  • Extensive experience in drafting and negotiating employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, confidentiality agreements, and non-solicitation and non-competition agreements
  • Advises employers on reductions-in-force, drafting separation agreements and analyzes issues related to the WARN Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
  • Advises and defends clients in the area of wage and hour compliance
  • Significant experience conducting internal investigations
  • Regularly provides training for employers on employment-related issues

Education

  • J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 1998
  • Visiting Student, University College London, International and Comparative Law, 1997
  • B.A., with honors, University of Texas, 1993

Admittance to Practice

  • Arizona
  • Georgia
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

Professional Activities

  • Arizona, Georgia and Texas Bar Associations
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Fresh Start Women’s Foundation – Auxiliary Board Member and Human Resources Committee Member

Speeches

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Can You Still Have a Drug-Free Workplace? Practical Solutions for Today's Challenges" - Las Vegas - May 3, 2019
  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Scripts and Scrapes: The Continued Increase of Drugs in the Workplace" - La Quinta - November 8, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "The Straight Dope on Prescription Drugs and Marijuana in the Workplace" - Scottsdale - October 26, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Is Your Drug-Free Workplace Discriminatory? The Confluence of Disability Discrimination and Mind-Altering Substances" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Lovitt & Touché - "Dazed and Confused: The Trend Toward the Legalization of Medical and Recreational Marijuana" - Tempe - November 16, 2017
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "The Dizzying Array of State and Local Employment Laws: Round 2 - Marijuana and Other Drug Laws" - Boca Raton - November 9, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "The Dizzying Array Of State And Local Employment Laws - Marijuana And Other Drug Laws" - Scottsdale - October 20, 2017
  • Arizona Restaurant Association - "Prop 206 – Minimum Wage and Mandatory Paid Sick Leave: What Every Arizona Employer Should Know" - Phoenix - May 2, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Agency Update: Your Guide to Navigating the Current Regulatory Agenda" - Scottsdale - October 4, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Raising Arizona: Keeping you Informed and Out of Trouble" - Scottsdale - September 25, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Bundles of Joy – Pregnancy and Reproductive Issues in the Workplace" - Scottsdale - October 3, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Creating an Effective and Flexible Work Environment" - Tucson - April 10, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Creating an Effective and Flexible Work Environment" - Scottsdale - October 4, 2013
  • SHRM –Atlanta Human Resources Conference - "Minimizing Unintended Risks from Today’s Mobile Workforce" - Atlanta - October 19, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Managing the Risks of New Technology in the Workplace" - Duluth - September 15, 2010
  • Atlanta Engineering Personnel Association (AEPA) Meeting - "Potential Pitfalls of Social Media in Employment Practices" - Atlanta - April 21, 2010
  • SHRM – Atlanta, Buckhead GEM Meeting - "Let’s Face It, Social Networking Is LinkedIn To Your Workplace" - Atlanta - January 19, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Let’s Face It, Social Networking Is LinkedIn To Your Workplace" - Atlanta - October 28, 2009
  • SHRM – Atlanta Human Resources Conference - "HR and Legal – Partnering for Success" - Atlanta - October 19, 2009
  • SHRM – Athens Meeting - "New FMLA Regulations -- Important Changes for Employers" - Athens - February 10, 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Workplace Privacy – New Technology Creates New Issues for Employers" - Atlanta - October 23, 2008
  • December 22, 2010 - Practical Law Company - "Anti-Discrimination Laws: Georgia"
  • December 22, 2010 - Practical Law Company - "Drug Testing Laws: Georgia"
  • December 22, 2010 - Practical Law Company - "Leave Laws: Georgia"
  • January 18, 2008 - SHRM Online, Federal Court Report - "11th Circuit: Employee with Cancer Not Disabled"
  • October 20, 2017 - Phoenix Business Journal - "Addiction in the workplace: Why there are no easy legal or real-life answers"

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