Overview

Kay counsels businesses, governmental entities, and nonprofit organizations on a wide range of workforce issues including non-competition covenants, wage and hour matters, civil rights complaints, hiring, discipline, terminations, investigations, reasonable accommodations, and compliance with leave laws and wage and hour matters. She drafts executive and independent contractor compensation agreements, separation and release agreements, and policies and procedures.

Kay’s practice involves assisting clients with issues relating to a variety of federal and state laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, and the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

While Kay predominately works to help clients prevent and avoid litigation, she routinely defends agency complaints and advocates for clients in arbitration and litigation matters. She regularly advises corporate clients on a variety of risk management topics and corporate governance matters, including buy-sell agreements and cybersecurity issues. She provides on-site training to clients and frequently presents various employment-related topics to community and industry groups.

Kay also represents employers and management in labor contract negotiations, bargaining sessions, and labor grievance procedures.

Active in community non-profits and leadership development groups, Kay has served on nonprofit boards across the state of Iowa and is actively involved in the Iowa State Bar Association and American Bar Association. 

Experience

Experience

  • Associate Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy Law, 2018—present
  • Associate Attorney, Crary, Huff, Ringgenberg, Hartnett & Storm, P.C., 2017—2018
  • Associate Director, Legal, Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., 2014—2017
  • Judicial Extern, Chief Bankruptcy Judge Thad Collins, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa

Seminars and events

  • ALFA International Labor & Employment Practice Group Meeting, January, 2020
  • Defense Research Institute 42nd Annual Employment and Labor Law Seminar, May 2019
  • Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2019 
  • Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 2019

News & Events

Affiliations

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association; Delegate, House of Delegates
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Chair, Public Relations Committee
    • Past Chair, Administrative Law Section Council
    • At-Large Representative, Young Lawyers Division
    • Member, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section Council
  • Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
  • Young Professionals Connection

industry and Community Involvement

  • Junior League of Des Moines
    • Fund Development Manager
    • At-Large Board Member
  • Leadership Fairfield
  • Leadership Siouxland
  • Junior League of Sioux City; Secretary
  • Carry On Bags; Secretary

Presentations and Publications

Presentations and Publications

  • "COVID-19 Update: Liability, New Regulations, and the PPP Flexibility Act Webinar" Client Presentation, June 2020
  • "COVID-19 Employer Update: Q&A/FAQ Webinar," Client Presentation, May 2020
  • "COVID-19 Employer Update: Keeping up with the Regulators Webinar," Iowa Motor Truck Association, April 2020
  • "COVID-19 Employer Update: Keeping up with the Regulators Webinar," Client Presentation, April 2020
  • "COVID-19 Employer Update: FAQs Webinar," Client Presentation, March 2020
  • "ISU Extension Council Town Hall Meeting," Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, March 2020

  • "Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Update," Client Presentation, March 2020

  • "People's Law School: Employment Law Basics," Iowa State Bar Association, February 2020
  • "Keeping Discrimination & Harassment Out of Your Workplace," Client Presentations, 2019—2020

  • "ABCs of Employment Law," Client Presentations, 2019
  • "Young Lawyers Division Report," Welcome to the Bar ISBA CLE, October 2019
  • "Employment Law Update & Hot Topics," Employers' Council of Iowa, September 2019
  • "You’re How Old?? Managing a Multigenerational Workforce," Employers' Council of Iowa, July 2019
  • "Hiring and Managing Student Interns and Law Clerks," Lincoln Inne of Court, April 2019
  • "Employment Law & Practices," Iowa Extension Council Association Conference, March 2019
  • "Look to the States; How the State-Specific Interpretation Clarifies BAPCPA's § 522 Ambiguity and Protects State Exemption Laws," 99 IOWA L. REV. 867 (2014)

Education

University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 2014, with distinction and highest Boyd Service Award honors

  • Editor, Iowa Law Review

Iowa State University, B.A. Political Science and Psychology, 2010, summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Iowa
  • Southern District of Iowa
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