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Katrin U. Schatz

Principal
Dallas

P 972-728-3266
F 214-520-2008
SchatzK@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Katrin Schatz is a Principal in the Dallas, Texas, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. 

An experienced litigator, Ms. Schatz defends employers in court proceedings and arbitrations in a broad range of employment matters, including class and collective actions. She also routinely represents employers before administrative agencies such as the EEOC, DOL, OFCCP, DOJ and corresponding state agencies. Her counseling practice is devoted to devising proactive solutions for legal compliance and litigation avoidance, including the development of strategic employment policies and procedures. She regularly conducts internal wage-hour, compensation and compliance audits, manages workplace investigations, and assists clients with the myriad of employment issues arising in mergers and acquisitions and cross-border transactions.

Ms. Schatz focuses a significant portion of her practice on advising employers how to navigate the increasingly complex legal framework for working with ill and injured workers, create effective strategies for ADA and FMLA compliance and develop best practices for attendance management. She also assists clients in meeting their obligations under the public accommodations provisions of the ADA. In addition, Ms. Schatz works with federal contractors on affirmative action planning and compliance and represents employers in OFCCP audits and proceedings. 

Ms. Schatz is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is a frequent speaker on employment issues and a regular contributor to the firm’s disability, leave and health management blog. While attending law school, Ms. Schatz served as Managing Editor of the SMU Law Review Association. In her first year of practice following law school, Ms. Schatz worked as a judicial clerk for U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis of the Northern District of Texas.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Texas State Bar
  • William “Mac” Taylor American Inn of Court, Master

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Attorneys Serving the Community
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Dallas Bar Association, Pro Bono Activities Committee Co-Chair (2010)
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Literacy Texas (board of directors)
  • Rotary Club of Park Cities (board of directors, 2015-2017)

Speeches and Presentations

  • “FMLA: Fighting Abuse,” Mid-Cities Human Resources Association (Arlington, TX, January 2017) (presenter)
  • “The Wonderfully Confusing World of Disability Management,” East Texas Human Resources Association (Kilgore, TX, September 2016)  (presenter)
  • “Virtual Exercise: Communicable Illness,” Firestorm (June 2016) (presenter)
  • “Weapons and Other Workplace Safety Issues,” Dallas HR Legal Exchange (January 2016) (presenter)
  • “Working from Afar: How to Navigate the Legal Traps of Telecommuting,” HR Southwest Conference (Fort Worth, TX, October 2015); Mid-Cities Human Resources Association (Arlington, TX, January 2016) (presenter)
  • “Weapons in the Workplace,” HR Southwest Conference Legal Exchange (Fort Worth, TX, October 2015) (presenter)
  • “Think Global, Act Local: Top Workplace Law Challenges Facing Multinational Companies,” HR Southwest Conference (Fort Worth, TX, October 2014) (presenter)

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November 15, 2016
Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

Katrin Schatz Discusses ADA’s Reasonable Accommodation Requirement

November 15, 2016

Katrin Schatz discusses the undertaking employers face to properly train managers for compliance with the ADA's reasonable accommodation requirement in "Implied Job Accommodation Request Can Slip by Untrained Boss," published in Bloomberg BNA's Daily Labor Report. Subscription may be required to view... Read More

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December 9, 2015

No GINA Violation for Alternate Duty Assignment after Firefighter Refused Compliance with ‘Mandatory Wellness Program’

December 9, 2015

The City of San Antonio Fire Department did not violate the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) when it placed a firefighter on alternate duty after he failed to comply with a mandatory wellness program that evaluated fitness for duty, the federal appeals in New Orleans has ruled. Ortiz v. City of San Antonio Fire Dep’... Read More

November 17, 2015

Lone Star State Expands Gun Rights, Mandates Additional Signage to Ban Guns from Property

November 17, 2015

Texas will allow the open carrying of handguns in public and the carrying of concealed handguns on university campuses beginning in 2016 under two bills signed by Governor Greg Abbott. House Bill No. 910, effective January 1, 2016, allows handgun license holders in Texas to carry a holstered handgun openly anywhere a concealed handgun... Read More

February 25, 2015

New FMLA Regulations Expand Definition of Spouse and Include Same-Sex Spouses

February 25, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued regulations expanding the Department’s definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) so as to entitle eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages to take FMLA leave to care for their spouse or covered family member, regardless of where they live.... Read More

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October 6, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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ADA Compliance Challenges: Navigating the Over-accommodation Conundrum
September 1, 2017

Make no mistake about it: ADA compliance can be challenging.  This is especially true when it comes to providing reasonable accommodation.  Not uncommonly, managers wanting to do the right thing actually provide more than the law requires. Read More

When Is Reassignment to an Intermittent Position Required as an ADA Accommodation?
June 6, 2017

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) generally requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to disabled employees so that they can perform the essential duties of their jobs. This is not news. But what if no feasible accommodation can be identified in an employee’s existing position? Read More

What Should I Tell Employees on Leave About Their FMLA Usage? Everything!
May 3, 2017

When it comes to FMLA leave administration, “don’t sweat the details” is rarely a wise axiom.  Details matter.  A lot.  A recent decision by an Illinois federal court reinforces that lesson.  In March 2015, Amanda Dusik contacted her employer, Lutheran Child and Family Services (LCFS), to request time off for knee surgery.  She explain Read More