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A. Edward Hardin, Jr.

Ed Hardin, Jr. is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller.  He joined the firm in 1998 and practices in the labor and employment law group.  Ed has represented clients in both state and federal courts, before private arbitrators, and before the National Labor Relations Board, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. Ed represents and advises employers on a wide variety of issues including employee handbooks and contracts, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, wrongful termination claims, discrimination and harassment claims, and issues involving wage payment, drug testing, and employee leave (including workers' compensation leave, ADA leave, FMLA leave and compliance issues).  He also represents and advises management on labor relations issues including union representation of employees, union representation elections, arbitration of collective bargaining agreement grievances, unfair labor practice charges, and collective bargaining agreements with unions. Ed has particular experience in defending collective action/class action claims under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Ed has testified before the Louisiana House of Representatives and Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committees and has been interviewed for articles in local, state, and national publications.

Ed is listed among the top labor and employment lawyers in the State of Louisiana by Chambers USA 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Ed served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Catherine D. Kimball of the Supreme Court of Louisiana from 1997-1998.  Prior to law school, Ed taught high school from 1990-1994 at Catholic High School and coached soccer.

Education

Ed earned his B.A. from Spring Hill College in 1990. He earned his J.D. in 1997 from the LSU Law Center where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, Phi Kappa Phi, and was an Associate with the Louisiana Law Review.  He was inducted into the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame in 1997.

Admissions

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 1997; United States District Court for Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; United States Supreme Court

Memberships

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana State, and American Bar Associations, and the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit (LSBA and ABA, Labor and Employment Law Section)

Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • The Flood of 2016: Reduced Property Taxes, Louisiana Law Blog, August 17, 2016
  • 2016: Resolve to Consider Joint Employment Issues… the Department of Labor Has Already Done So!, Louisiana Law Blog, January 20, 2016.
  • Cavalier v. Cain's Hydrostatic Testing, Inc., Quantification of Fault Prior to the 1996 Louisiana Legislative Special Session, 57 Louisiana Law Review 311, 1996
  • FMLA:  New Year.  New Forms?, Louisiana Law Blog, February 3, 2015
  • Not Even Mardi Gras is Immune from Labor Issues, Louisiana Law Blog, January 27, 2015
  • An Overview of Employee Handbooks, Louisiana Medical Group Management Association Annual Meeting, 2014
  • What's in a Name? Classifying Someone as an "Employee" or an "Independent Contractor" Can Have Significant Effect, Louisiana Law Blog, February 2013
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act, Kean Miller Employment Law Seminar and CLE, 2013
  • DOL Rolls Out Revised FMLA Regulations, Louisiana Law Blog, February 2013
  • NLRB Recess Appointments Held Unconstitutional, Louisiana Law Blog, January 2013
  • Baton Rouge Medical Group Managers Association Human Resource Conference, Employment Issues Your Grandmother Did Not Face, 2012
  • New I-9 News, Louisiana Law Blog, August 2012
  • New NLRB Posting Requirement Back on Hold, Louisiana Law Blog, April 2012
  • D.C. Court Approves New NLRB Posting Requirement, Louisiana Law Blog, March 2012
  • Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie and a Smattering of Some Louisiana - Specific Employment Laws, Kean Miller Employment Law Seminar and CLE, 2012
  • DC Circuit Court Enforces NLRB Order in Favor of Employees Fired for Threatening Remarks, Louisiana Law Blog, August 2011
  • ADA Amendments Act Regulations Have Arrived, Louisiana Law Blog, March 2011
  • Nine Mission-Critical Basics for Navigating the FLSA Solar System, Kean Miller Employment Law Seminar, 2011
  •  I-9 Compliance In the Construction Industry, Baton Rouge Bar Association Construction Law Section CLE, 2011
  • New Administration, Renewed Focus, Kean Miller Employment Law Seminar, 2010
  • Final Increase to Federal Minimum Wage in Effect Pursuant to the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, Louisiana Law Blog, September 2009
  • USCIS Adopts New Version of I-9 Form, Louisiana Law Blog, April 2009
  • Oklahoma Gun Statute Upheld, Louisiana Law Blog, March 2009
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: New COBRA Rights and Obligations, Louisiana Law Blog, March 2009
  • Employee Free Choice Act, Louisiana Law Blog, January 2009
  • Louisiana City Attorney's Association Annual CLE, EEOC Charges, 2009
  • Baton Rouge Medical Group Management Association, Changes on the Horizon, Change is Now; Employment and the Future, 2009
  • The Fair Credit Report Act, Employer Compliance, Kean Miller Employment Law Seminar, 2009
  • Louisiana Chemical Association & Louisiana Chemical Industrial Alliance Annual Legislative Conference, Speaker, 2009 and 2007
  • Department of Labor Issues New Family and Medical Leave Act Regulations, Louisiana Law Blog, November 2008
  • Taking Corrective Action and Termination; The Proper Steps, Kean Miller Employment Law Seminar, 2008
  • Post 9/11: Military Reservists' and National Guardsman's Employment Rights, Kean Miller Employment Law Seminar, 2007
  • Federal Protection for Gays and Lesbians Forthcoming?, Louisiana Law Blog, November 2007
  • Smoking Laws, Louisiana Law Blog, October 2007
  • Is a Change in the National Labor Relations Act on the Horizon?, Louisiana Law Blog, April 2007
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act, Kean Miller Business Briefing Seminar, 2007
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act, Practical Considerations, Kean Miller Employment Law Seminar, 2007
  • State and Federal Minimum Wage Legislation Fails, Louisiana Law Blog, June 2006
  • Update on SB700 - Minimum Wage Increase, Louisiana Law Blog, June 2006
  • Senate Passes Minimum Wage Legislation, Louisiana Law Blog, June 2006
  • The Interaction of the FMLA, the ADA, and Worker's Compensation Laws, VCC Fall Program, 2006, Austin, Texas
  • The National Labor Relations Act, VCC Spring Program, 2006, Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Louisiana School and Day Care Conference Leave, Louisiana Law Blog, August 2005
  • Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law (LEDL), Louisiana Law Blog, June 2005
  • New Notice Requirements Under USERRA, Louisiana Law Blog, April 2005
  • Louisiana Employment Law, Speaker, Louisiana Chemical Association, 2003
  • Employment Law, VCC Spring Program, 2003, Point Clear, Alabama
  • Overtime Requirement Exemptions, Lorman Educational Services, 2002, 2001
  • Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law, Hiring and Interviewing, Greater Baton Rouge Society for Human Resource Management, 2002
  • Writing the Employee Handbook: Make Sure Your Handbook Does Not Create Contract and Employee Compensation Policies, Lorman Educational Services, 2000 and 2001
  • Employment Discrimination and Title VII, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, CLE, 2001
  • Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law: Hiring and Interviewing, Chambers of Commerce West Baton Rouge and Iberville Parishes, 2001
  • The Employment At Will Doctrine and Specific Exemptions, Government and Public Law Section, Louisiana State Bar Association, CLE, 2001
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, CLE by the Hour, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, 2000
  • Recent Developments in State and Federal Employment Law 2000, Council on Education Management, 2000

Community Service

  • Leadership Class Graduate, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, 2013
  • Chair, 2004; Chair-Elect, 2003; Secretary/Treasurer, 2002; Council Member 2001, Young Lawyers Section, Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Big Buddy Program of Baton Rouge, 1999-2006
  • Board of Directors, Alzheimer’s Services of Baton Rouge, 2006-present
  • Board of Directors, Public Affairs Research Council (PAR), 2015-present
  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber Leadership Class Alumni, Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • Past Committee Member and Solicitor, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
  • Holiday Star Program, Young Lawyers Section, Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Past Volunteer, Uniforms for Kids Program, Young Lawyers Section, Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Past Chair, 2002; Participant, 2001; Belly Up With The Bar Cooking Competition, Young Lawyers Section, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Youth Education Project Fundraiser
  • Past Volunteer, Community Partnership Division, Capital Area United Way
  • Past Volunteer, Baton Rouge Symphony Phone-A-Thon
  • Member and Lector, St. Aloysius Catholic Church
  • Certified Stroke and Turn Judge, USA Swimming

Chambers USA

Chambers USA 2015