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Rebecca A. Weis

Rebecca Weis is a seasoned litigator and counselor on complex employment law issues and business disputes. She has a multi-state practice in which she partners with a wide variety of clients and industries to defend against claims challenging their personnel and business decisions.

She regularly defends management-side clients against charges and lawsuits alleging discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Rebecca also defends claims involving independent contractor misclassification, workers compensation retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, disability accommodation, family and medical leave, and individual and collective wage and hour issues. She also has substantial experience drafting and enforcing employment agreements and restrictive covenants, including non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality provisions.

Rebecca regularly acts as “in-house” employment counsel for companies that elect to outsource their employment work. She also provides day-to-day, proactive, and common sense counseling to employers on every aspect of the employer-employee relationship. In conjunction with counseling, Rebecca is a frequent speaker and author on trending employment law issues. She conducts targeted client training for employees, human resources professionals, and company managers.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Information You Need on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 Human Resources Conversations: Live Q&A

Reopening comes with certain legal risks. Here’s what you should know

by Sarah Shadburne, Louisville Business First, May 29, 2020

Avoiding Employee Documentation Pitfalls

Presenter, Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities Annual Conference, November 2019

Restrictive Covenants and Non-Compete Agreements: A Look Back and What's Ahead

WEBCAST, speaker, The Knowledge Group, December 5, 2018

Local Government Cannot Raise Minimum Wage Rate in Kentucky

Are Your Salaried Employees Still Exempt?

Employee Handbooks and Restrictive Covenants

Louisville Better Business Bureau Breakfast Series, August 11, 2015

Data Breach Prevention and Response

Southern Indiana Society for Human Resources Management, June 9, 2015

A "Supreme" Summer for Employers

It's time to update your EEOC Workplace Notice poster

Bar Admissions
Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Firm Leadership

Recruiting Committee, Chair; Louisville Office Recruiting Committee, Member

Memberships
American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Community Involvement

Greater Louisville, Inc., Economic Development Committee

give[502], Founding Member

Mayor's Vision Louisville Initiative, Vice Chair

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Foundation Board of Directors, Former Board Member

Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies Board of Directors, Former Board Member

Young Professionals Association of Louisville Board of Directors, Past-President and Former Board Member

Leadership Louisville Center Board of Directors, Former Board Member

Louisville Downtown Development Corporation Board of Directors, Former Board Member

Leadership Louisville, Class of 2020

Education
More Than Stites & Harbison

Rebecca has a long history of civic and community service, including as a member of the board of directors for the Leadership Louisville Center, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation, The Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies, and Dress for Success Louisville. Rebecca is also a founding member of [give]502 and a past President of the Board of Directors for the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL).

Rebecca was named to the "Forty under 40" list by Business First of Louisville in 2013. She currently serves on the Economic Development Committee for Greater Louisville, Inc. In that role, she weighs in on potential federal and state legislation that may affect her clients and their employees.

Rebecca is also cancer survivor—a badge she wears proudly. In 2016, weeks before her daughter’s first birthday, Rebecca was diagnosed with a very rare, acute leukemia. The cancer is so rare it had no standard recommended course of treatment at the time of her diagnosis.

Although devastated by the prognosis, Rebecca refused to yield. Instead, she became her own advocate and found hope in a brand new targeted chemotherapy being offered through an FDA-approved clinical trial. After four rounds of the clinical trial therapy, Rebecca received an allogeneic bone marrow transplant—the only potential cure for an acute leukemia like hers.

Rebecca is now alive and well thanks to ground-breaking research that led to creation of her clinical trial drug and the selfless bone marrow donation of a complete stranger.

Rebecca’s cancer battle reflects the same grit and determination she brings to her legal practice. She is undaunted by challenges, and serves her clients as both a trusted counselor and tenacious advocate.

Besides Stites & Harbison

Rebecca spends her spare time where it counts most—with the people she loves. On Saturdays in the fall, she cheers for her beloved Ohio State Buckeyes football team (Rebecca was raised in Columbus, Ohio and bleeds scarlet and gray—don’t hold it against her).

Accolades

Kentucky Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2013-20)

Recommended by Premier Employment Lawyers (2019)

Recent Alumna Award, University of Louisville Law Alumni Council (2017)

Attorney to Watch, Business First of Louisville (2015)

"Forty under 40" List, Business First of Louisville (2013)

Insider Louisville, YP Top Influencer

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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 08/03/20

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 30, 2020
Presentations

COVID-19 Human Resources Conversations: Live Q&A

This live Q&A was recorded on June 3, 2020. This discussion with John Wingo (Stites &Harbison, Nashville, TN), Rebecca Weis (Stites & Harbison, Louisville, KY), Kelly Hodges (Gresham Smith) and Dennis Georgatos (Skanska) is an HR conversation you don't want to miss.

by John R. Wingo and Rebecca A. Weis June 08, 2020
Presentations

Back on Track: Post-Pandemic Re-Opening Guidance for Kentucky Employers

Stites & Harbison employment attorneys Shannon Antle Hamilton, Demetrius Holloway, and Rebecca Weis discuss re-opening plans for Kentucky employers in this webinar presented May 21, 2020.

by Shannon Antle Hamilton, Demetrius O. Holloway, and Rebecca A. Weis May 22, 2020
Presentations

WEBINAR: COVID-19 and Your Business — What You Need to Know

Stites & Harbison, PLLC recently presented a webinar covering the various impacts of COVID-19 on businesses. You can review the webinar at any time utilizing the link above.

by Brian A. Cromer, Allyson True Cook, S. Kelly Gilliam, Jamie F. Little, Shannon Antle Hamilton, Rebecca A. Weis, Rachel Dix Bishop, and William M. Joseph (Bill) April 14, 2020
Events

COVID-19 and Your Business — What You Need to Know

Date: 4/7/20
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

WEBINAR

Please join us for a WEBINAR discussing the impacts of COVID-19 on your business. You can join the webinar at any time and attend whichever presentation(s) that are of interest to you.

Brian A. Cromer, Allyson True Cook, S. Kelly Gilliam, Jamie F. Little, Shannon Antle Hamilton, Rebecca A. Weis, Rachel Dix Bishop, and William M. Joseph (Bill) April 03, 2020
Client Alerts

Department of Labor to Employers: You Must Notify Your Employees of New Paid Leave Laws by April 1, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, effective April 1, 2020, requires certain public employers and private employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide E-FMLA and Emergency Paid Sick Leave to eligible employees. Employers must notify current employees of these benefits by circulating the official Notice of Employee Rights published by the Department of Labor.

by Rebecca A. Weis and Rachel Dix Bishop March 26, 2020
Client Alerts

COVID-19 Ushers in Mandatory Paid Leave – What Employers Need to Know

On March 18, 2020, Congress passed the Families First Corona Virus Response Act. This broad-reaching legislation addresses several workplace issues related to the emergency circumstances brought about by COVID-19.

by Demetrius O. Holloway and Rebecca A. Weis March 20, 2020
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 45 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2020 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 32 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and 13 attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 12, 2019
Press Releases

Rebecca Weis selected to Leadership Louisville Class of 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Leadership Louisville Center has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Rebecca Weis to participate in the Leadership Louisville Class of 2020.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 31, 2019
Client Alerts

Lawyer Up! Kentucky Imposes New Requirement for Legal Representation at Unemployment Hearings

In 1984, the Kentucky Legislature enacted KRS 341.407(3), permitting employers, including corporations and partnerships, to represent themselves or be represented by counsel in administrative unemployment proceedings. Thirty-five years later, on April 26, 2019, the Kentucky Court of Appeals declared that law unconstitutional and effectively held that a lawyer must represent corporations and non-natural entities in administrative unemployment proceedings.

by Demetrius O. Holloway and Rebecca A. Weis May 01, 2019
Client Alerts

Mandatory Arbitration, Shortened Statutes of Limitations, and Background Checks for Employees? You Bet!

In October 2018, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued a far-reaching opinion voiding all Kentucky employer-employee arbitration agreements which were made a condition of an individual’s employment. On March 13, 2019, however, the Kentucky Legislature rejected that opinion, passing a bill that not only claws back the ruling but significantly expands employers’ options for imposing conditions on the employer-employee relationship.

by Rebecca A. Weis March 14, 2019
Client Alerts

DOL's New Overtime Rule Sets FLSA Exemption Threshold at $35,308 Annual Salary

On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor unveiled its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) recommending a scaled-back compromise to a controversial 2016 Obama-era overtime rule.

by Rachel Dix Bishop, Shannon Antle Hamilton, and Rebecca A. Weis March 08, 2019
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 42 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2019 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 33 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and nine attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 07, 2018
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 51 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2018 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 55 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 39 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and 12 attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 11, 2017
Press Releases

Rebecca Weis earns 2017 University of Louisville Law Alumni Council Award

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The University of Louisville recently honored Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Rebecca Weis with the Recent Alumna Award at the 2017 Law Alumni Council Awards Luncheon held on October 12, 2017. The Law Alumni Council honors members of the Brandeis School of Law community.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 13, 2017
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison promotes five attorneys in 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC announced today that five attorneys have been promoted within the law firm effective January 2017. The new Members (Partners) include: Amy Baker (Atlanta office – Real Estate & Banking Service...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 04, 2017
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 55 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2017 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 55 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 41 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 22, 2016
Client Alerts

Local Government Cannot Raise Minimum Wage Rate in Kentucky

On October 20, 2016, the Kentucky Supreme Court overturned a Louisville ordinance that attempted to increase minimum wages above the $7.25/hour rate set by state statute. Pursuant to the Kentucky Constitution and current state wage...
by Rebecca A. Weis October 21, 2016
Events

Breakfast Seminar: New FLSA Wage and Hour Regulations

Please join Stites & Harbison and Sutherland & Associates for a complimentary Breakfast Seminar. The topic will be the new Fair Labor Standards Act wage and hour regulations. Attendees will: Learn and understand the new...
Rebecca A. Weis August 30, 2016
Client Alerts

Are Your Salaried Employees Still Exempt?

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor issued its long awaited regulations increasing the salary and compensation levels required for executive, administrative, and professional workers to qualify as "exempt" from overtime requirements.Key provisions of...
by Rebecca A. Weis May 18, 2016
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 64 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2016

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2016 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 64 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 49 attorneys to the Super Lawyers...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 08, 2015
Press Releases

Super Lawyers honor Stites & Harbison's Kentucky Attorneys

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Super Lawyers names 52 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices for inclusion on the 2015 Kentucky Super Lawyers list and 18 attorneys are named...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 01, 2014
Press Releases

Super Lawyers honors Stites & Harbison's Kentucky attorneys for 2013-14

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Super Lawyers names 53 Stites & Harbison attorneys in the Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices for inclusion on the 2013-14 Kentucky Super Lawyers list and 19 attorneys are named on the inaugural...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 17, 2013
Presentations

A "Supreme" Summer for Employers

Stites & Harbison attorneys Demetrius O. Holloway and Rebecca A. Weis review some of the latest Supreme Court decisions as they pertain to employers and employees.

by Demetrius O. Holloway and Rebecca A. Weis October 24, 2013
Client Alerts

It's time to update your EEOC Workplace Notice poster

If your Company is subject to federal civil rights and anti-discrimination laws, it’s time to update your workplace notice posters. On May 21, 2008, the President signed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 200...
by Rebecca A. Weis November 10, 2009