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Colin Pajda

Associate

St. Louis
314 552 6507 direct

Colin counsels management and HR directors on a wide array of human resources issues and employment decisions. He also represents employers in federal and state labor and employment litigation and governmental agency investigations.

Understanding that there are no "one-size-fits-all" solutions in the employment context, Colin partners with clients, providing them with tailored, solution-driven HR counseling and guides them through delicate and complex employment-related issues. He regularly advises management and HR directors on hiring, discipline and termination decisions and employment policy creation and implementation. He draws on his extensive writing background to carefully craft employee handbooks and policies, offer and termination letters and employment and separation agreements. He has developed a special focus advising clients on drug and alcohol policies, helping both single-state and nation-wide employers navigate the varying–and often conflicting–state laws on drug testing and the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis.

Colin represents clients ranging from single-facility food service operations to national manufacturing, distribution and telecommunications companies in matters involving federal and state discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, reasonable accommodation and whistleblower laws, from internal investigations and agency proceedings through resulting litigation. He also has experience protecting clients' investments in their businesses and employees by taking carefully-planned and decisive action to enforce non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements against former employees and competitor companies.

Colin earned his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a member of the Appellate Clinic and an Editor of the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy. In law school, he was awarded the F. Hodge O'Neal Corporate Law Award and the Mary Collier Hitchcock Prize for excellence in published writing. During his undergraduate and graduate studies, Colin was appointed to four consecutive terms as the student representative to the Saint Louis University Board of Trustees Human Resources Sub-committee.

Thompson Coburn Publications

NY federal district court ruling may impact DOL FFCRA regulation

Five things you should know about the DOL’s new Coronavirus paid leave rules

What employers need to know about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Coronavirus legislation may impact your paid leave and FMLA obligations

Employers: March 2 is the deadline to file 2019 injury and illness summaries

Minimum wage increases in 72 jurisdictions to take effect in 2020

NLRB overturns trio of Obama-era board decisions

What employers need to know about the DOL’s final rule on overtime exemptions

New ruling requires employers to submit pay data to the EEOC by September 30, 2019

TCLEs

Navigating HR Issues during the COVID-19 Emergency

Blogs

Blog Browse: Coronavirus legislation may impact your paid leave and FMLA obligations

Publications

From Door to Desk(top): The Portal-to-Portal Act in the Digital Age
Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, Vol. 56 2018