Jennifer C. Jauffret

Director

302.651.7568
302.498.7568 (fax)
jauffret@rlf.com
Jennifer Jauffret, head of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group, is noted for her “plethora of employment knowledge” and a practical approach that “is quick, focused, efficient and effective” (Chambers USA). She represents a wide variety of management clients in all types of labor and employment law matters, from providing advice on day-to-day employee issues to defending clients before state and federal agencies and courts.
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  • Local hospitals, healthcare offices, and medical billing companies: Employment policies, employment agreements, union issues, discipline issues, FMLA advice, harassment investigations, wage and hour compliance
  • Higher education: Employee investigations, FLSA issues, discrimination and wage and hour issues, day-to-day disciplinary issues, DDOL, EEOC, and federal court defense of Title VII and ADA claims
  • Large national retailers and restaurants: Noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements, WARN issues, discrimination issues and suits
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Jennifer Jauffret, head of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group, is noted for her “plethora of employment knowledge” and a practical approach that “is quick, focused, efficient and effective” (Chambers USA). She represents a wide variety of management clients in all types of labor and employment law matters, from providing advice on day-to-day employee issues to defending clients before state and federal agencies and courts.

Consistently providing “advice that is both technically sound and reasonable” (Chambers USA), Jennifer is a knowledgeable drafter of employment, severance, separation, nondisclosure, noncompete, and other employee agreements, as well as employee policies and handbooks. She is an experienced trainer and speaker on all aspects of employment law, including harassment, and instructs both managers and employees regarding compliance with ever-evolving employment laws and regulations. She also trains employers on preventing and reducing exposure to lawsuits.

Bringing a detail-oriented, fact-specific approach to difficult matters, Jennifer assists businesses with employment issues arising in corporate transactions as well as general employee issues such as noncompete agreements and discipline/termination situations. She has experience litigating breach of restrictive covenant cases (including nondisclosure, noncompetition, and nonsolicitation restrictions) in the Delaware Court of Chancery; defending clients against charges of discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation; and defending FLSA, FMLA, and WARN Act claims. and other employee claims in state and federal court.

Jennifer devotes significant time to community service, providing pro bono legal advice to Delaware nonprofits and leading the firm’s team of volunteers who represent abused and neglected children. She also coaches girls basketball at Ursuline Academy. Jennifer received the Delaware State Bar Association’s Community Service Award in 2018.

Experience

  • Local hospitals, healthcare offices, and medical billing companies: Employment policies, employment agreements, union issues, discipline issues, FMLA advice, harassment investigations, wage and hour compliance
  • Higher education: Employee investigations, FLSA issues, discrimination and wage and hour issues, day-to-day disciplinary issues, DDOL, EEOC, and federal court defense of Title VII and ADA claims
  • Large national retailers and restaurants: Noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements, WARN issues, discrimination issues and suits
  • Manufacturing firms: Discrimination defense, ADA accommodation advice, manager and employee compliance training, nonsolicitation agreements, general employment issues
  • Global consulting and restructuring firm: Restrictive covenant nonsolicitation and noncompete litigation in Delaware Court of Chancery
  • Local businesses and nonprofits: Counseling on various HR issues, defending discrimination claims, preventative advice and training
  • Senior executives: Negotiation of employment and separation agreements

Publications

  • "Lex Mundi Global Employment Law Guide - Delaware," Lex Mundi, December 10, 2019   View >
  • "USA Regional Employment – Delaware Law and Practice," Chambers USA, 2019
  • "Greater Protections for Delaware Employees = Additional Training and Awareness for Management," Delaware Banker, Summer 2016   View >
  • "Preparation and Management of Discrimination Suits," Inside the Minds, May 2008   View >
  • "Rocking the Cradle," Delaware Banker, Spring 2008   View >
  • “Trade Secret Laws: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, annual publication
  • “Anti-discrimination Laws: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, annual publication
  • “Non-compete Laws: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, annual publication
  • “Wage and Hour Laws: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, annual publication
  • “Employment Claims in Release Agreements: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, annual publication
  • “Independent Contractors: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, annual publication

Presentations

  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management: 19th Annual DE State Human Resources Conference: Help! What Happens After FMLA Expires?," November 5, 2019
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management: 18th Annual DE State Human Resources Conference: Preventing and Handling Harassment Claims in the Wake of ‘#MeToo' and ‘Time's Up'," November 2, 2018
  • "2018 Lunch and Learn Employment Law Update," July 2018
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management: Hot Topics in Employment Law," April 10, 2018
  • "Delaware Business Leadership Network: Workplace Accommodations - Legal Requirements & Hot Topics," February 28, 2018
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management: Best Practices Panel: Employment Discrimination Law, Focusing on Pregnancy & LGBT Issues," October 6, 2017
  • "2017 Lunch and Learn Employment Law Update," July 20, 2017
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management: 2017 Employment Law Update and Hot Topics," April 11, 2017
  • "Lex Mundi Labor & Employment Group Global Meeting: Transgender Issues in the Workplace," March 23, 2017
  • "Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement: Delaware Employment Law Update & Hot Topics," January 11, 2017
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management: 16th Annual DE State Human Resources Conference: Lessons Learned from a Government Audit," November 2, 2016
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management: Employment Law Hot Topics, Federal and Delaware State Employment Law Update 2016," April 12, 2016
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management: 15th Annual DE State Human Resources Conference: Strategic Analysis and Effective Use of Restrictive Covenants," November 4, 2015
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management, 2015 Employment and Labor Law Hot Topics," March 10, 2015
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management, Pregnancy Protection is Expanding: Best Practices for Avoiding Pregnancy Discrimination and Retaliation Claims," November 5, 2014
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management, Labor & Employment Update," February 14, 2014
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management, FMLA Back to Basics and the 2013 Regulations," November 7, 2013
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management, Labor & Employment Update," February 12, 2013
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management, Employee or Independent Contractor? Properly Classifying Workers and Understanding the Legal Differences and Risks," November 8, 2012
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management, Labor & Employment Update," February 14, 2012
  • "Delaware State Bar Association's Labor & Employment Update 2010," May 11, 2010

Awards

  • Chambers USA, since 2010
  • The Best Lawyers in America, since 2008
  • Best Lawyers’ Labor and Employment Litigation Wilmington, DE Lawyer of the Year, 2019
  • Benchmark Litigation, 2020
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer, Labor Law, 2019; Top Vote Getter, 2013
  • Super Lawyers, since 2013
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Community Service Award, 2018

Leadership

  • Delaware State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Past Chair
  • Delaware Chamber of Commerce, Employee Relations Committee, Past Vice Chair
  • Catholic Charities, past Board Chair, past Services and Facilities Committee Chair, past Nominating Committee Vice Chair
  • United States Law Firm Group, Labor & Employment and Women Committees
  • Lex Mundi, Labor & Employment Committee

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Villanova University School of Law, Order of the Coif, 1997
  • B.S., Government, Cornell University, 1994

Admitted to Practice

  • Delaware, 1998
  • Pennsylvania, 1998
  • United States District Court, District of Delaware, 1998
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2000
  • United States Supreme Court, 2002
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2004

Pro Bono Activities

  • Assisting nonprofit agencies with employment and personnel matters
  • Protection from Abuse Team, Delaware Volunteer Legal Services
  • Child Attorney, Delaware’s Office of the Child Advocate

Practices

  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Experience

  • Local hospitals, healthcare offices, and medical billing companies: Employment policies, employment agreements, union issues, discipline issues, FMLA advice, harassment investigations, wage and hour compliance
  • Higher education: Employee investigations, FLSA issues, discrimination and wage and hour issues, day-to-day disciplinary issues, DDOL, EEOC, and federal court defense of Title VII and ADA claims
  • Large national retailers and restaurants: Noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements, WARN issues, discrimination issues and suits
  • Manufacturing firms: Discrimination defense, ADA accommodation advice, manager and employee compliance training, nonsolicitation agreements, general employment issues
  • Global consulting and restructuring firm: Restrictive covenant nonsolicitation and noncompete litigation in Delaware Court of Chancery
  • Local businesses and nonprofits: Counseling on various HR issues, defending discrimination claims, preventative advice and training
  • Senior executives: Negotiation of employment and separation agreements

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Villanova University School of Law, Order of the Coif, 1997
  • B.S., Government, Cornell University, 1994

Publications

  • "Lex Mundi Global Employment Law Guide - Delaware," Lex Mundi, December 10, 2019   View >
  • "USA Regional Employment – Delaware Law and Practice," Chambers USA, 2019
  • "Greater Protections for Delaware Employees = Additional Training and Awareness for Management," Delaware Banker, Summer 2016   View >
  • "Preparation and Management of Discrimination Suits," Inside the Minds, May 2008   View >
  • "Rocking the Cradle," Delaware Banker, Spring 2008   View >
  • “Trade Secret Laws: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, annual publication
  • “Anti-discrimination Laws: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, annual publication
  • “Non-compete Laws: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, annual publication
  • “Wage and Hour Laws: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, annual publication
  • “Employment Claims in Release Agreements: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, annual publication
  • “Independent Contractors: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, annual publication

Presentations

  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management: 19th Annual DE State Human Resources Conference: Help! What Happens After FMLA Expires?," November 5, 2019
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management: 18th Annual DE State Human Resources Conference: Preventing and Handling Harassment Claims in the Wake of ‘#MeToo' and ‘Time's Up'," November 2, 2018
  • "2018 Lunch and Learn Employment Law Update," July 2018
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management: Hot Topics in Employment Law," April 10, 2018
  • "Delaware Business Leadership Network: Workplace Accommodations - Legal Requirements & Hot Topics," February 28, 2018
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management: Best Practices Panel: Employment Discrimination Law, Focusing on Pregnancy & LGBT Issues," October 6, 2017
  • "2017 Lunch and Learn Employment Law Update," July 20, 2017
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management: 2017 Employment Law Update and Hot Topics," April 11, 2017
  • "Lex Mundi Labor & Employment Group Global Meeting: Transgender Issues in the Workplace," March 23, 2017
  • "Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement: Delaware Employment Law Update & Hot Topics," January 11, 2017
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management: 16th Annual DE State Human Resources Conference: Lessons Learned from a Government Audit," November 2, 2016
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management: Employment Law Hot Topics, Federal and Delaware State Employment Law Update 2016," April 12, 2016
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management: 15th Annual DE State Human Resources Conference: Strategic Analysis and Effective Use of Restrictive Covenants," November 4, 2015
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management, 2015 Employment and Labor Law Hot Topics," March 10, 2015
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management, Pregnancy Protection is Expanding: Best Practices for Avoiding Pregnancy Discrimination and Retaliation Claims," November 5, 2014
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management, Labor & Employment Update," February 14, 2014
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management, FMLA Back to Basics and the 2013 Regulations," November 7, 2013
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management, Labor & Employment Update," February 12, 2013
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management, Employee or Independent Contractor? Properly Classifying Workers and Understanding the Legal Differences and Risks," November 8, 2012
  • "Delaware Society for Human Resources Management, Labor & Employment Update," February 14, 2012
  • "Delaware State Bar Association's Labor & Employment Update 2010," May 11, 2010

Awards

  • Chambers USA, since 2010
  • The Best Lawyers in America, since 2008
  • Best Lawyers’ Labor and Employment Litigation Wilmington, DE Lawyer of the Year, 2019
  • Benchmark Litigation, 2020
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer, Labor Law, 2019; Top Vote Getter, 2013
  • Super Lawyers, since 2013
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Community Service Award, 2018

Leadership

  • Delaware State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Past Chair
  • Delaware Chamber of Commerce, Employee Relations Committee, Past Vice Chair
  • Catholic Charities, past Board Chair, past Services and Facilities Committee Chair, past Nominating Committee Vice Chair
  • United States Law Firm Group, Labor & Employment and Women Committees
  • Lex Mundi, Labor & Employment Committee