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, represents a wide variety of management clients in all types of federal and Delaware labor and employment law matters, including providing compliance advice, drafting agreements and policies, training employers and managers, and defending lawsuits and agency complaints. Jennifer has handled various workplace claims, including breach of nondisclosure, noncompetition, and nonsolicitation provisions; breach of employment contracts; wrongful termination; and Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, WARN, and similar Delaware law claims. She also provides employment advice on major corporate transactions. Jennifer is a certified mediator with the Superior Court of Delaware.
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  • Local manufacturing firms: discrimination defense, ADA accommodation advice, manager and employee compliance training, nonsolicitation agreements, general employment issues
  • Local hospitals and healthcare offices: employment policies, union issues, discipline issues, FMLA advice, harassment investigations, wage and hour compliance
  • Global consulting and restructuring firm: restrictive covenant nonsolicitation and noncompete litigation in Delaware Court of Chancery
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Jennifer Jauffret is head of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group. She represents a wide variety of management clients in labor and employment issues in Delaware and neighboring states, including appearances before state and federal agencies and courts. Jennifer has experience litigating breach of restrictive covenant cases (including nondisclosure, noncompetition, and nonsolicitation restrictions) in the Delaware Court of Chancery, defending WARN Act and other employee claims in bankruptcy court, and defending clients before the EEOC, the Department of Labor, and in federal and state court with regard to Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FLSA, and FMLA claims, as well as related state law claims. Jennifer is also a certified mediator with the Superior Court of Delaware.

An integral part of Jennifer’s practice is helping employers prevent and reduce exposure to lawsuits. She provides employment advice on major corporate transactions and on general employee issues, such as noncompetition agreements and discipline/termination situations, and drafts employment agreements, separation agreements, noncompetition agreements, and employee handbooks. Jennifer trains both managers and employees regarding compliance with evolving employment laws.

Devoting significant time to her community, Jennifer’s pro bono work includes providing legal advice to Delaware nonprofit agencies, assisting domestic violence victims in obtaining protection from abuse orders, leading the firm’s Office of Child Advocate (OCA) volunteers, and working with OCA as a guardian for abused or neglected children.

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
  • Local 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
  • Large national retailers and restaurants: WARN issues, noncompetition agreements, discrimination issues and suits
  • Global technology company: employee class action defense re: WARN and severance benefits
  • Senior executives: negotiation of employment and separation agreements
  • Local businesses and non-profits: counseling on various HR issues, defending discrimination claims, preventative advice and training

Publications

  • "Greater Protections for Delaware Employees = Additional Training and Awareness for Management," Delaware Banker, Summer 2016   View >
  • "Doing Business in United States: Delaware," Practical Law Company, 2011   View >
  • "Doing Business in United States: Delaware," Practical Law Company, 2009   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, August 6, 2014
  • “Anti-discrimination Laws: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, July 24, 2014
  • “Non-compete Laws: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, February 25, 2014
  • “Wage and Hour Laws: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, July 19, 2013
  • “Employment Claims in Release Agreements: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, June 11, 2013 
  • “Independent Contractors: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, June 5, 2013

Presentations

  • "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, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer, Top Vote Getter, Labor & Employment, 2013
  • Super Lawyers, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Leadership

  • Delaware State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Past Chair
  • Delaware Chamber of Commerce, Employee Relations Committee, Past Vice-Chair
  • Catholic Charities, immediate 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 various nonprofit agencies with employment and personnel matters
  • Assisting domestic violence victims with obtaining protection from abuse orders
  • Guardian ad Litem, Office of Child Advocate to abused or neglected children who are in the care of the Delaware Division of Family Services

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
  • Local 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
  • Large national retailers and restaurants: WARN issues, noncompetition agreements, discrimination issues and suits
  • Global technology company: employee class action defense re: WARN and severance benefits
  • Senior executives: negotiation of employment and separation agreements
  • Local businesses and non-profits: counseling on various HR issues, defending discrimination claims, preventative advice and training

Education

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

Publications

  • "Greater Protections for Delaware Employees = Additional Training and Awareness for Management," Delaware Banker, Summer 2016   View >
  • "Doing Business in United States: Delaware," Practical Law Company, 2011   View >
  • "Doing Business in United States: Delaware," Practical Law Company, 2009   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, August 6, 2014
  • “Anti-discrimination Laws: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, July 24, 2014
  • “Non-compete Laws: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, February 25, 2014
  • “Wage and Hour Laws: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, July 19, 2013
  • “Employment Claims in Release Agreements: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, June 11, 2013 
  • “Independent Contractors: Delaware,” Practical Law Company, June 5, 2013

Presentations

  • "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, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer, Top Vote Getter, Labor & Employment, 2013
  • Super Lawyers, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Leadership

  • Delaware State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Past Chair
  • Delaware Chamber of Commerce, Employee Relations Committee, Past Vice-Chair
  • Catholic Charities, immediate 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