Led Governor-Ordered 35-Day Investigation of Missouri Veterans Homes After COVID-19 Outbreak
Selected to conduct a rapid, independent, external review of seven Missouri Veterans Homes – as ordered by Gov. Michael Parson – to assess their performance and identify what steps, if any, should be taken to improve their management and prevention of COVID-19. Led a 35-day investigation that considered all relevant information, including interviewing 174 individuals including Missouri Veterans Commission (MVC) staff, Veterans, Veterans’ families and Missouri government officials; implementing a hotline staffed by attorneys for Veterans’ families to voice concerns; reviewing and analyzing hundreds of documents; directing a management and consulting organization serving clients in the long-term care and post-acute care industry, to conduct on-site audits of all seven Homes, following all necessary safety protocols; and issuing early recommendations to the MVC. Compiled and delivered a 53-page summary report and a comprehensive 415-page report, including recommended corrective actions, to state officials.
Decertification of Collective Action, Denial of Class Certification, Partial Summary Judgment in Overtime Misclassification Complaint
Secured collective action decertification and denial of class certification for a client in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, regarding a complaint in which current and former employees asserted overtime claims based on alleged misclassification as exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act and under the wage and hour laws of the states of Missouri and Washington.