HR Works Podcast: Employment Attorneys Discuss Legal Landscape Under Biden Administration

The Biden administration will be taking over on January 20, 2021. The administration’s approach to employment law will likely be very different from the current administration’s. Additionally, Executive Orders have played a large role in how employment law is conducted in the United States. What changes can Biden make with his own orders? What direction will the overall administration take?

These are the questions I seek to answer in this episode of HR Works with my two guests. I am also excited to announce that this a SHRM-credit-approved podcast episode. Stay tuned for information on how to get your credits later in the program.

My first guest is attorney Jo Ellen Whitney ( of Davis Brown ( in Iowa. She is adept at managing the everyday chaos employers and human resource managers face. She is known for her approachable demeanor and practical approach to employment law. Jo is a prolific speaker and writer, simultaneously educating and entertaining audiences on the grey areas of employment law.  Her clients are employers, managers, physicians, hospital administrators, and HR professionals in the health, manufacturing, telecommunications, technology, agriculture, and finance industries as well as not-for-profit service organizations. She is described as “top notch” by clients she advises on a wide array of matters and issues relating to employment and labor law, health law, fair housing, privacy, and data security compliance, and contract and policy issues relating to grant funding.

Our other guest is Charlie Plumb (, a shareholder at McAffee & Taft ( in Tulsa Oklahoma. He represents management in all phases of employment law and labor relations. Much of his practice is dedicated to counseling employers on compliance with a broad range of state and federal employment laws and regulations and educating management on best practices for avoiding disputes arising from the employer/employee relationship. He also has extensive litigation experience before federal and state courts, regulatory and administrative agencies, and in arbitration matters involving claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliatory discharge, breach of contract, and constitutional law violations.