Joseph K. Mulherin is a Shareholder in Vedder Price’s Labor and Employment practice area.
Mr. Mulherin represents and counsels employers nationwide in an array of complex employment law and related matters. In the employment arena, Mr. Mulherin has extensive experience defending employers against class action lawsuits, including wage-and-hour and employment discrimination class actions. Mr. Mulherin has successfully defended clients in a variety of industries, including retail, manufacturing, hospitality, health services, banking, staffing, technology, logistics and construction.
Mr. Mulherin also has significant experience representing employers in federal and state governmental agency investigations, including audits conducted by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and their state counterpart agencies.
Mr. Mulherin regularly counsels clients on best employment policies and practices. Mr. Mulherin’s intricate knowledge of the law and litigation experience enables him to advise clients in a holistic manner that considers the requirements of the law, clients’ business needs and potential exposure. Mr. Mulherin has been praised for his innovative and strategic approach to problem-solving and litigation avoidance.
Mr. Mulherin recently assisted Vedder Price clients in auditing whether, in light of the USDOL’s proposed regulations, employees were correctly classified as exempt from the overtime provisions of federal and state law. He guided many of these clients in effectively managing the risks of reclassifying large groups of employees. Additionally, Mr. Mulherin frequently advises clients on their wage-and-hour policies and practices relating to timekeeping, rounding, meal and rest periods, travel time, donning and doffing, on-call time and handheld devices. He regularly writes and lectures on these and other employment law topics.
Mr. Mulherin also has considerable experience advising clients on discipline and termination decisions, leave laws, independent-contractor classification, wage payment and vacation laws, commissions and bonuses and web accessibility for disabled individuals.
Mr. Mulherin prides himself on providing his clients with practical, creative and cost-effective guidance.