David L. Barron is a member in the Houston office, focusing his litigation practice on labor and employment law. David joined the firm in 2011.
David assists his clients with all their labor and employment needs including representing clients at trials involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, collective action overtime claims and whistle-blower suits, before a variety of state and federal courts. He counsels clients on labor negotiations, elections, strikes, and corporate campaigns by unions; litigates disputes before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Department of Labor; and advises management on various employment issues, including wage and hour, federal contractor compliance, employee terminations, discrimination and harassment claims, drafting and enforcement of noncompete agreements, Sarbanes Oxley, and OSHA matters.
David has been quoted on employment law topics by the Houston Business Journal, The Houston Chronicle, Texas Lawyer, MSNBC.com, ABC.com and numerous other newspapers and magazines. He also has appeared as an employment law professional on talk radio and the local CBS and Fox affiliates in Houston.
David is board certified in Labor and Employment law and has been named a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star in Texas Monthly magazine.
David attended the University of Houston, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1994. He then earned his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 1996.
January 28, 2015
In an article titled ''How to not get sued when cutting jobs at your office,'' David Barron, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment Department, discusses five basic steps employers should take before they move forward with job terminations.
December 04, 2014
In an article titled ''The Secularization of the Holidays,'' David Barron, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses the Montgomery County (Maryland) Board of Education’s decision to remove mention of any religious holidays from its 2015/16 calendar and the implications for employers. Government employers and schools operate under different rules than private companies, explained David. Governments must be careful to separate church and state, while private companies must not discriminate based on religion under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
October 28, 2014
In an article titled ''On Halloween, employees should save the sexy maid outfit for after work,'' David Barron, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, offers some do’s and don’ts to guard against sexual harassment and discrimination claims when it comes to picking a costume for the office Halloween party.
October 23, 2014
In an article titled ''Nazis and naughty nurses: 4 bone-chilling dangers of your office Halloween party,'' David Barron, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, alerts employers to a number of labor and employment issues that might arise from the annual Halloween costume party.
August 28, 2014
In an article titled “Myths Abound About Right-to-Work States,” David Barron, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses the relationship between companies and unions in right-to-work states. “The reality is that companies often get along better with unions in right-to-work states because the union must actively justify its usefulness to newly hired workers and existing employees who can withdraw at any time. This incentivizes the company and union to work together for mutual benefit,” says David.
August 05, 2014
In an expert Q&A section of What’s Working in HR, David Barron, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses employee requirements when inclement weather forces employers to close for a day. “Under the FLSA, requiring employees to make up lost time after a weather-related closing is permissible – but only for exempt employees, says David.
June 25, 2014
In an article titled “Effort to Appeal Human Equal Rights Ordinance,” David Barron, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses the Human Equal Rights Ordinance in Houston. Barron states that if the ordinance passes this week, offices such as his, will start seeing an overflow of cases. He adds, “my clients employers now have to deal with not just federal & state, but they have to deal with the city now.”
February 05, 2014
In an article titled "When the clocks spring forward, what happens to paychecks?" David Barron, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment Department, discusses daylight-saving time and its impact on employees who work overnight.
January 24, 2014
In an article titled “HR Plaintiffs Build Their Case Against Lowe’s,” David Shadovitz, editor at Human Resource Executive, favorably cites David Barron’s HR headaches blog post titled “New Trend in Overtime Suits – HR Managers?” to explain that HR departments aren’t immune from overtime laws.
November 14, 2013
In an article titled ''Oh no, not the office party again!'' David Barron, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment Department, offers advice on how to limit the potential fallout from an office party gone horribly wrong.
November 11, 2013
In an article titled ''Out with Mistletoe, Spiked Punch and 'Santa's Little Helpers,''' David Barron, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment Department, discusses misconduct at company holiday parties.
October 03, 2012
David Barron and Charles Wilson, of the firm's Labor & Employment Group in Houston, discuss the employment-related dangers of political discourse in the workplace on Fox News.
June 15, 2012
Cozen O’Connor Labor & Employment lawyer David Barron spoke to Law 360 about the recent appeals regarding the NLRB’s requirement to hang posters about an employee’s (or employees’) right to unionize, and how the upcoming presidential election could make it all a moot point.
June 11, 2012
Chambers USA has recognized 28 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their fields; five attorneys were recognized nationally and three were ranked in the top band.
June 05, 2012
David Barron, a member in Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment practice, discussed employer policies toward employee appearance in ''Trading Tattoos for Jobs.'' ''With respect to piercings, tattoos, clothing, for the most part they have wide discretion under the law,'' explained Barron.
May 29, 2012
David Barron Quoted in HR.BLR.com
October 28, 2011
David Barron of the Houston office was quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek in an article titled, ''Promoting Employees Without Increasing Pay,'' regarding the legal problems potentially involved with the practice, specifically in the form of wage-and-hour lawsuits.
August 11, 2011
David Barron was quoted in the Houston Chronicle's article ''Employees: Getting Revenge on the Boss'' regarding Facebook's role in the workplace.
August 03, 2011
Cozen O'Connor's David Barron was interviewed by Ideas and Trends in an article titled ''No One Size Fits All Approach to Social Media in the Workplace.'' In the article, David comments on the various challenges that employers currently face with the rise of emerging social media.
June 16, 2011
Chambers USA has recognized 27 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their fields.
December 18, 2014
In an article titled ''Department of Labor Targeting Oil and Gas Contractors,'' David Barron, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment Department, highlights the increased scrutiny on employers in the oil and gas industry and offers some important tips for maintaining compliance with wage and hour regulations.
July 24, 2014
As the summer and fall hurricane season ramps up, employers and employees alike must become aware of more than evacuation routes and bottled water provisions. They must know the regulations governing the workforce, because they can make a significant difference in company operations and employee expectations. In an HR and employment law whitepaper, David Barron, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, offers helpful tips for HR professionals and others preparing for the hurricane season.
January 01, 2014
We are pleased to provide you with our 2013/2014 Observer, which looks back at the developments in labor and employment law over the past year and forward to what employers can expect in 2014.
May 01, 2013
During Barack Obama’s first term as president, most of his pro-employee legislative agenda was stymied by Congress. Undeterred, the Obama Administration turned to administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to move forward its workplace agenda. The stakes continue to be high for employers during President Obama’s second term, particularly in the diversity-focused areas of equal employment opportunity and immigration.
March 27, 2013
One of Barack Obama’s first actions when he became president was to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, resetting the statute of limitations each paycheck for equal-pay gender discrimination lawsuits and making it easier for employees to pursue them.
January 25, 2013
The devastating shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., beg the question: “What should employers do to protect the workplace?”
January 01, 2013
We are pleased to provide you with our 2012/2013 Observer, which looks back at the developments in labor and employment law over the past year and forward to what employers can expect in 2013.
December 12, 2012
The holidays are here and, along with them, the opportunity for employees to goof off and collectively test the limits of managers and Human Resources professionals everywhere. Don't let these headaches disrupt your office.
September 16, 2011
"Social Media in the Workplace Creates New Legal Risks" - Corporate Counsel - Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have forever changed how people communicate. Every little detail of people’s lives is now broadcast, tweeted, or blogged about on the Internet. The social media activities of employees have increasingly pushed the boundaries of lawful workplace behavior and created new legal challenges for employers seeking to control this new communication forum and minimize the legal risks to their organization.
September 12, 2011
Packing Heat in Parked Cars - Texas Lawyer - Effective Sept. 1, Texas employees can store weapons in their vehicles while at work. The new law specifically allows employees to store and have access to guns kept in privately owned vehicles parked on or in employer-provided parking areas. If in-house lawyers haven't done so already, now is the time to review company policies in light of the new law.
July 19, 2011
Annie Get Your Gun ... and Bring it to Work - Labor and Employment Alert! - Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a bill into law that will limit an employer’s right to prohibit guns and ammunition in the workplace. While the law does not necessarily allow employees to carry firearms at work, it does allow employees to store, and have access to, firearms kept in privately owned vehicles that are parked on or in employer provided parking areas. Considering the fact that 461,724 Texas residents hold a concealed handgun license