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Ashley Owens Hopkins

Ashley Hopkins is an experienced litigator and counselor on employment law issues, in addition to years of practice in tort and insurance defense. She has trial experience in employment cases involving discrimination and retaliation under several federal statutes, including the ADA, FMLA and FLSA. In addition, she frequently counsels clients on non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, employee handbooks and other day-to-day employment issues.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

COVID-19 and the Workplace in 2021

KPCA (Kentucky Primary Care Association) Annual Conference, Lexington, KY, October 28, 2021

Sixth Circuit: No Accommodation Without Documentation

Information You Need on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

2015 Employment Law Update

speaker and drafter, UK Employment Law CLE, June 2016

Supreme Court Ruling and Your Pregnant Employees

Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Memberships
American Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, committee member
Leadership Lexington, 2010-11 Class
Community Involvement

American Inns of Court

Leadership Lexington, Graduate (2010-11)

Alzheimer’s Association Walk, Stites & Harbison team member and fundraiser

Stites & Harbison Wellness Committee

Young Friends of the Bluegrass Conservancy

American Diabetes Association, former Community Leadership Board member

Education
More Than Stites & Harbison

Prior to joining the firm, Ashley worked for Deloitte Consulting in Dallas. She was also a summer clerk for the Hon. Joseph M. Hood, Eastern District of Kentucky. Ashley is a graduate of the 2010-11 Leadership Lexington class. In addition, she was recently nominated as a member of the American Inns of Court. She is also an active member of Stites & Harbison’s Wellness Committee, which promotes healthy living in the workplace. Ashley enjoys being outdoors, reading books, and spending time with friends and family.

Accolades

Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Labor & Employment (2021-22)

Hopkins Best Lawyers 2022
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Client Alerts

Supreme Court Rejects OSHA Vaccine Mandate on Private Employers – Allows CMS Healthcare Mandate for Facilities Receiving Medicare/Medicaid Funds

Holding that “[a]lthough Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given the agency the power to regulate public health more broadly,” in a 6-3 decision the Supreme Court of the United States, on January 13, 2022, issued a stay of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) on vaccination or testing for employers with 100 or more workers.

by Shannon Antle Hamilton, Calesia Henson, Demetrius O. Holloway, Ashley Owens Hopkins, Robin E. McGuffin, and Robin D. Miller January 14, 2022
Client Alerts

Biden Announces Plans to Mandate Vaccination for All Federal Workers and Contractors, Private Employers with 100+ Employees, and Health Care Workers at Medicare/Medicaid Facilities

President Biden has announced plans to reduce the number of unvaccinated Americans by using regulatory and other powers to increase the number of Americans covered by vaccination requirements as COVID-19 cases continue to climb.

by Shannon Antle Hamilton and Ashley Owens Hopkins September 10, 2021
Events

KPCA Annual Conference - 2021

Date: 10/27/21 - 10/29/21

The Campbell House, Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington office attorney Ashley Hopkins will be a speaker at the 2021 KPCA Annual Conference October 27-29, 2021 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Ashley Owens Hopkins September 09, 2021
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 93 lawyers are included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Additionally, 11 attorneys are named as “Lawyer of the Year” and 14 attorneys are recognized in “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” which recognizes attorneys early in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 01, 2021
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2021 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 82 lawyers are included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 20, 2020
Client Alerts

Older Workers Cannot Be Barred from Returning to Work: How to Be Mindful about Returning Older Employees to the Workplace

On June 11, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidelines to state that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) “would prohibit a covered employer from involuntarily excluding an individual from the workplace based on his or her [age] being 65 or older, even if the employer acted for benevolent reasons such as protecting the employee due to higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.”

by Calesia Henson and Ashley Owens Hopkins June 19, 2020
Client Alerts

Sixth Circuit: No Accommodation Without Documentation

Navigating an employee’s request for an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) can feel like walking a tightrope—an employee’s requested accommodation may appear to exceed the limits of all reasonableness, but it can be difficult to know when an employer can finally say “no” without fear of liability. A recent decision from the Sixth Circuit provides helpful guidance on this issue.

by Ashley Owens Hopkins and Robin E. McGuffin March 11, 2020
Client Alerts

Information You Need on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Stites & Harbison has assembled a Coronavirus Response Team which consists of a cross-disciplinary task force of attorneys and critical staff members to ensure our firm remains “On the Job” for you. Updated 02/04/21

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC February 04, 2020