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Kristina H. Vaquera


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Kristina H. Vaquera is a Principal in the Norfolk, Virginia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses exclusively on labor and employment counseling and litigation.

Ms. Vaquera represents employers in federal and state court lawsuits and agency investigations and charges covering a wide range of statutes and subjects, including anti-discrimination and civil rights laws, wrongful termination claims, disability accommodation and access, wage and hour laws, covenants not to compete, leave of absence claims, negligent hire/retention, and breaches of fiduciary duty and contract. Ms. Vaquera has litigated class and collective actions, including FLSA, FCRA, and discrimination class actions. She also represents clients in mediation and arbitration before various national and state entities.

As part of Ms. Vaquera’s counseling practice, she provides daily counseling and training to management to help employers avoid litigation. She assists clients with employment agreements, handbooks, background checks and drug testing issues, and disciplinary action. She represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor, and numerous state agencies, such as the Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Virginia Department of Housing Discrimination, and Virginia Worker’s Compensation Commission.

Ms. Vaquera speaks extensively on various employment topics, including to the Virginia and Hampton Roads Society of Human Resource Managers, Virginia State Bar Labor and Employment Section, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Virginia Employment Commission, International Professional Managers Association, Virginia Government Contract Attorneys Association, Society of Designers and Architects, local chambers of commerce, Hampton Roads Industrial Liaison Group, PINK! Women Business Owners Conference, Public Media Business Association, the American Council of Engineering Companies, and the Retail Association of Hampton Roads. She lives in Hampton Roads with her family.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Virginia’s Inside Business, “Top 40 under 40” professionals (2003)
  • Virginia Legal Elite: Young Lawyer (2009)
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Professional Associations and Activities

  • Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Chesapeake Division, Board of Directors (2007-2013)
  • Hampton Roads Society of Human Resource Management, Board of Directors (2013-Present)
  • Hampton Roads Society of Human Resource Management, Legal Affairs Director (2013-2015)
  • Hampton Roads Society of Human Resource Management, Secretary (2015-2017)
  • Hampton Roads Society of Human Resource Management, President Elect (2017)
  • Hampton Roads Society of Human Resource Management, President (2018)
  • Hampton Roads Network for Executive Women, Founder (2003-2009)
  • LEAD Hampton Roads (2003)
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association
  • St. Matthew’s School – President, Parent Teacher Guild

Published Works

  • Virginia Employer's Guide to Hiring and Firing. NA: 2007. [Co-Author]
  • The Developing Labor Law. NA: 2000. [Contributing Editor]

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October 23, 2019

Kristina Vaquera and Milena Radovic Author "Changes on the Horizon for Virginia Wage Statements"

October 23, 2019

Kristina Vaquera and Milena Radovic Author "Changes on the Horizon for Virginia Wage Statements," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

October 1, 2019
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Kristina Vaquera and Milena Radovic Discuss Tactical Approaches to HR Investigations

October 1, 2019

Kristina Vaquera and Milena Radovic discuss tips for handling HR Investigations at Hampton Roads Society for Human Resource Management Event in “HR specialists get tips for workplace investigations,” published by Inside Business.  Subscription should be required to view article  Read More

August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

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September 26, 2019

An Aging Construction Workforce: Recognition and Response

September 26, 2019

The number of workers aged 55 and over is increasing, while the number of workers under the age of 25 is decreasing, according to the 2018 Current Population Survey. The construction industry may feel this more acutely than other industries, as workers in the construction industry tend to be older than those in other industries, the... Read More

July 22, 2019

Change to Virginia Wage Payment Statements on the Horizon

July 22, 2019

Beginning January 1, 2020, employers in Virginia must provide paystubs to employees on “each regular pay date.” Currently, Virginia employers must provide only a written statement reflecting the employee’s gross wages and deductions upon the employee’s request. New Requirements Virginia Code § 40.1-29 has been amended to require... Read More

June 25, 2019

Are General Contractors Liable for Their Subcontractors’ Actions or Inactions?

June 25, 2019

A general contractor in Southern California found itself on the hook for its subcontractor’s failure to pay wages to its workers, even though the general contractor had no knowledge of it. The case illustrates an important reminder for general contractors. The general contractor was fined close to $600,000 under a 2017 California... Read More

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Insurance Agents Properly Classified as Independent Contractors, Circuit Court Rules
February 26, 2019

The Sixth Circuit ruled that agents were properly classified as independent contractors in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) class action brought on behalf of thousands of current and former insurance agents in Jammal v. American Family Insurance Co., No. 17-4125 (6th Cir. Jan. 29, 2019). Read More