Punam Kaji

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Industries

Education and Clerkships

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2012, cum laude

B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 2009, Government Honors, Plan II Honors

Admissions

Texas, 2012

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Profile

Punam Kaji is an advocate and an advisor whether she is guiding clients through labor and employment issues or serving the community. Punam is a listening ear for clients, willing to counsel regarding issues with specific employees or employment policies more generally. She routinely advises clients on best practices and reviews employee handbooks, policies, and agreements to ensure compliance with the most current law. She enjoys public speaking engagements to various audiences on employment topics, including social media and OSHA compliance.

Punam has provided assistance to clients on various employment litigation disputes, including defending against wage and hour claims, defending clients during EEOC and state investigations, handling settlement negotiations for discrimination claims and employment-related torts, assisting in the defense or prosecution of litigation involving non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Punam is a member of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and Workplace Disasters Practice Group and assists clients in complying with federal and state occupational safety and health laws and regulations and in responding to site inspections, work-related injuries, illnesses and other catastrophic events. She has handled numerous litigation matters before both the federal Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (“OSHRC”) and its state equivalents.

Navigating disputes between the employee and employer often requires an understanding of inter-personal relationships and the work-place dynamic for any given client. Punam approaches each matter with a level of understanding and common sense in addition to her knowledge and practical skillset to help manage employment problems efficiently.

When Punam is not handling labor and employment issues for her clients, she is an advocate within the community. She volunteers with various domestic violence organizations, is active in bar associations, and is committed to pro bono work. In her spare time, Punam enjoys eating well and traveling.

Newsletter

OSHA newsletter

OSHA Quarterly Newsletter, December 2016

This edition of the Haynes and Boone Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) Newsletter discusses OSHA's guidance on the controversial rule regarding drug-testing and safety incentive policies, OSHA's new recommended practices for safety and health programs, the first year of OSHA's severe injury reporting program, OSHA's proposed changes to the lockout/tagout rule, and more.

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Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "The Relationship Between Legal and Safety," speaker, American Society of Safety Engineers 2016 Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, July 2016.
  • "Other Key Issues: Joint Employment, Background Checks, Wellness Programs, Safety Issues and More," co-presenter, Houston Employment Law Update, May 18, 2016.
  • "The Eavesdropping Employer: A 21st Century Framework for Employee Monitoring," co-presenter, South Asian Bar Association of North American National Convention, Houston, TX, May 14, 2016.
  • "Convergence of Bias and Reason- How to Recognize and React to Implicit Bias," Austin, Texas, co-presenter at the Asian Pacific Interest Section (APIS) State Bar of Texas Retreat, April 18, 2015.
  • "Personal and Corporate Safety-Related Liability: Who and What can be Sued?" Dallas, Texas, co-presenter at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Safety 2015 Conference, June 8, 2015.
  • "Common Wage and Hour Issues in the Oil and Gas Industry," coauthor with Meghaan McElroy and Arrissa Meyer, The Houston Lawyer, January/February 2015.
  • "Workforce Q&A: What Happens in Terms of Damages and Injunctive Relief when a Court Blue-Lines the Non-Compete Agreement?" Texas Business Report, Vol. 29, Issue 11, November 2014.
  • "OSHA's New Focus on Temporary Workers," co-author, Texas Builder, Texas Association of Builders, November/December 2013.
  • "Employers May Face New Silica Rules When the Dust Settles," co-author with Matthew Deffebach, Law360, September 13, 2013.
  • "Lessons Learned from Otis Elevator When Contesting OSHA Citations: Avoid Hypotheticals When Asserting the Infeasibility Defense," co-author with Matthew Deffebach, April 29, 2013.
  • "NLRB Roundup: A Year in Review, and a Look Ahead," co-author with Alex Stevens, A. John Harper III, Arrissa Meyer and Lindsay Murchison, NLRB Roundup Alert, February 18, 2013.
  • "Fort Worth OSHA Update," 2013.
  • "Social Media and Labor and Employment Law: Top Five Issues to Watch in 2013," 2013.
  • "Dallas Employment Law Update: Putting it Into Practice," 2013.
  • "Fort Worth Employment Law Update: Putting it into Practice," 2013.

Newsletter

Health Law Vitals

Health Law Vitals - A Healthcare Newsletter from Haynes and Boone

The Haynes and Boone Health Law Vitals Newsletter explores significant developments and legislation in healthcare law. This edition discusses the final guidance on medical device reporting requirements, an update on telemedicine in Texas, the FDA's guidance on lead in cosmetics, and more.

Professional and Community Activities

  • United Way LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.), 2015-2017
  • Asian Pacific Interest Section (APIS) State Bar of Texas, Vice Chair, 2015-2016
  • Tarrant County Volunteer Attorney Services
  • Human Rights Initiative
  • City of Arlington Prosecutor’s Project
  • CHETNA Dallas
  • DAYA Houston, Event Chair, 2015-2016
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Asian American Bar Association, Service Committee Co-Chair 2013; Awarded Member of the Year, 2013
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Attorneys Serving Children Committee Co-Chair, 2013; Foundation Fellow - Lifetime
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Asian American Bar Association of Houston
  • South Asian Bar Association of Houston

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