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Nickole C. Winnett

Principal
Washington, D.C. Region

P 703-483-8313
F 703-483-8301
Nickole.Winnett@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Nickole Winnett is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and is a member of the Employment Litigation practice group and the Workplace Safety and Health practice group. Ms. Winnett is a contributing author on Jackson Lewis’ website, an editor of Jackson Lewis’ OSHA Law Blog, and is a frequent speaker on employment and workplace safety and health matters.

Ms. Winnett advises clients regarding all aspects of the employment relationship, and represents employers on litigation matters in state and federal courts related to discrimination, retaliation, disability, wage and hour, and medical leave claims. She routinely counsels employers on preventing and handling workplace violence matters and heads the Workplace Violence sub-practice group.

Ms. Winnett also advises employers on workplace safety and health matters, and represents employers on litigation matters before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Moreover, Ms. Winnett successfully represents employers during investigations and litigation arising under 22 whistleblower provisions administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Prior to coming to Jackson Lewis, Ms. Winnett worked at the U.S. Department of Labor as an Honors Attorney and Staff Attorney in a variety of employment matters, including litigation related to safety and health matters on behalf of OSHA, as well as wage and hour matters under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Davis Bacon Act. She also represented U.S. Department of Labor management officials in employment law cases brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.  Ms. Winnett provided legal advice and counseling to the Office of Whistleblower Protection Programs within OSHA and served as Special Assistant to the current Solicitor of Labor, Ms. M. Patricia Smith.

While in law school, Ms. Winnett was Internal Communications Editor of the First Amendment Law Review and authored Don’t Fence Us In: A First Amendment Right to Freedom of Assembly and Speech.

 

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar

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August 24, 2016
Human Resource Executive Online

Nickole Winnett Comments on Active Shooter Incidents in the Workplace

August 24, 2016

Nickole Winnett comments on active-shooter incidents in the workplace in "Auditing Workplace Safety," published in Human Resource Executive Online. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

June 14, 2016
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Nickole Winnett Comments on OSHA's Spring Agenda

June 14, 2016

Nickole Winnett comments on OSHA's spring agenda in "OSHA reveals ambitious plan in latest regulatory agenda," published by Safety.BLR.com. Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

May 13, 2016
Construction Executive

Nickole Winnett Authors “Develop a Plan of Action for Implementing OSHA’s Final Rule on Crystalline Silica Exposure"

May 13, 2016

Nickole Winnett authored “Develop a Plan of Action for Implementing OSHA’s Final Rule on Crystalline Silica Exposure,” published in Construction Executive. Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

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July 31, 2017

OSHA Issues Safety Fact Sheet on Confined Spaces in Residential Construction

July 31, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new fact sheet to assist residential construction employers in meeting safety standards in confined spaces, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces. The Fact Sheet was developed in consultation with the National Association of Home Builders. The Fact Sheet provides... Read More

July 18, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Enhances Enforcement of ‘Rules to Live By’ to Prevent Mining Fatalities

July 18, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration said it has begun “enhanced” enforcement of its “Rules to Live By” initiative, regulating standards commonly linked to mine deaths, as well as nine underground coal mine exam standards, targeting the greatest risks to miners in underground coal mines. The agency announced in 2016 that these... Read More

June 27, 2017

OSHA Considers Extending Crane Certification Deadline

June 27, 2017

The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration met on June 20, 2017, to learn about and give recommendations on OSHA’s proposed rule to extend the enforcement date for crane operator certification requirements of the revised Crane Standard, 29 C.F.R. 1926 Subpart CC,... Read More

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OSHA Issues Safety Fact Sheet on Confined Spaces in Residential Construction
August 3, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new fact sheet to assist residential construction employers in meeting safety standards in confined spaces, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces. The Fact Sheet was developed in consultation with the National Association of Home Builders. Read More

Mine Safety Agency Enhances Enforcement of ‘Rules to Live By’ to Prevent Mining Fatalities
July 20, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration said it has begun “enhanced” enforcement of its “Rules to Live By” initiative, regulating standards commonly linked to mine deaths, as well as nine underground coal mine exam standards, targeting the greatest risks to miners in underground coal mines. Read More

OSHA Considers Extending Crane Certification Deadline
June 30, 2017

The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration met on June 20, 2017, to learn about and give recommendations on OSHA’s proposed rule to extend the enforcement date for crane operator certification requirements of the revised Crane Standard, 29 C.F.R. Read More