Kristi Nickodem is an associate in the Raleigh office, focusing her practice on labor, employment, and workplace safety. Ms. Nickodem’s practice involves helping employers respond to complex employee relations concerns, including conducting internal employment investigations on employment issues. Ms. Nickodem has experience advising employers on a wide variety of labor and employment issues, including employee separations, compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and various state wage and hour laws, the provision of reasonable accommodations to employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act, responding to citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the provision of leave pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act and various state and local leave laws. As part of her practice, she also routinely drafts handbooks, policies, employment agreements, and restrictive covenant agreements for employers.
Ms. Nickodem has helped represent employers in a wide variety of administrative and civil litigation matters, including authoring pleadings, motions, and legal memoranda in matters involving trade secrets, contractual breaches, discrimination claims, and wage and hour issues. Ms. Nickodem also conducts employment due diligence and advises on complex employment compliance issues arising in the context of mergers and acquisitions, including venture capital and private equity transactions. She has experience advising clients in a wide variety of industry sectors, including healthcare, technology, financial services, distribution, and manufacturing.