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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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May 17, 2017

OSHA Issues Chemical Process Safety Management Reports for Small Businesses and Storage Facilities

May 17, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued two reports on the safe management of hazards by small businesses and storage facilities that use highly hazardous chemicals in business processes. In 1994, OSHA outlined the requirements for the management of hazards associated with processes using highly hazardous... Read More

April 25, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert to Prevent Fall Accidents

April 25, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert on preventing accidents at mines from miners falling. MSHA said that in the past decade, 29 miners have died at metal and nonmetal mines when they fell from the area where they worked, such as on heavy equipment, ladders, and conveyor walkways. MSHA recommended... Read More

April 3, 2017

Senate Votes to Repeal OSHA ‘Volks’ Recordkeeping Rule

April 3, 2017

In a move that President Donald Trump is expected to approve, the Senate has voted to repeal a Labor Department rule that allows the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to sanction employers for “failing to make and maintain injury and illness records” beyond the six-month statute of limitations set out in... Read More

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Effective Date of Beryllium Rule Delayed Again
March 1, 2017

Today, OSHA announced a proposed delay in the effective date of its new Beryllium rule. Its second extension request.  The effective date was previously delayed from January 9, 2017 until March 21, 2017.  OSHA is  requesting the effective date be extended for an additional 60-days — until May 20, 2017 — so the new Administrati Read More

All About OSHA
March 1, 2017

Nearly every time I visit OSHA’s website, which is a daily event for me, I find something new.  It might be a news release on the latest enforcement action, which might tell me what compliance officers are focusing on in certain regions.  It might be new guidance on a recent standard, which might help me counsel employers on their & Read More

New Structural Failure Alert Issued
December 19, 2016

The MSHA Alliance Program recently issued a new safety alert, Structural Failure Alert: Best Practices to Prevent Structural Failures. Read More