Practice Areas / Labor and Employment Law / Government Relations
Kathy Speaker MacNett focuses her practice on management-side labor relations, employment law and related legislative and regulatory developments. Her practice combines preventive approaches to labor relations matters and representation of employers before federal and state administrative agencies and courts. Ms. MacNett utilizes her practical knowledge of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state government and law to gain cost effective results for her clients. Specifically, Ms. MacNett represents public and private sector employers in a wide range of labor and employment law matters including restrictive covenants, workers' and unemployment compensation proceedings, sexual harassment defense, FMLA issues, prevailing wage disputes, discrimination complaints, AAP desk audits, handbook preparation, unfair labor practices, union organizational defenses, collective bargaining negotiations, strikes, injunction and contempt proceeding. Kathy also serves as Legislative Counsel to the Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association.
She was a member of the September 2006 People to People Delegation of Labor and Employment lawyers, who visited China and met with Chinese officials and lawyers. She is a frequent speaker for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Lorman presentations, utilizing live audience, video broadcast and webinar formats.
Prior to joining SkarlatosZonarich, Ms. MacNett was a shareholder with the Harrisburg office of Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C. and associated with the law firm of Baskin, Flaherty, Elliott & Beren. She also served as the Research Director to the Labor Relations Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, clerk to the late Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, Honorable Roy Wilkinson, and Assistant Counsel to the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.
Contributing Author to BNA publications on:
The Fair Labor Standards Act
The Family Medical Leave Act
Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by-State Survey (Pennsylvania)
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania.
Dickinson School of Law, J.D.; St. Francis College, M.A. (Industrial Relations); University of Pennsylvania, M.G.A. (Government Administration); Immaculata College, B.A., Cum Laude.
Dauphin County Bar Association; Pennsylvania Bar Association; American Bar Association, Active in the Sub-Committee on Federal Labor Standards Legislation; Board Member, James A. Finnegan Foundation; Member, Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), Central Pennsylvania Chapter; and Capitol Area Neighbors, Board Member, Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School and member, Legatus.
Special Achievements, Awards and Honors
Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society, Inc. Board of Directors Service Award
Selected Reported Cases (List Incomplete)
CE Credits OnLine v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, 946 A.2d 1162 (Pa. Comm. Ct. 2008), petition for allowance of appeal denied (2009)(Worker was a bonafide independent contract, not an employee).
Kraus v. Howroyd-Wright Employment Agency, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1254, Civil Action 06-975 (E.D. Pa. Jan. 8, 2008)(Representation of individual defendant in a sexual harassment matter in which summary judgment was granted based on electronic evidence).
Boyds Collection, Ltd. v. Stephen C. Chambliss, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13901, Civil Action 03-1416 (M.D. Pa. May 2, 2005)(Business should be allowed to assert punitive damage claims identified through discovery in an amended complaint).
Fraternal Order of Police Star Lodge No. 20 v. Pennsylvania Labor Relations Bd., 560 A.2d 145 (Pa. 1989)(Police captains were managerial employees).