James F. Glunt
Jay Glunt takes a hybrid approach to solving workplace problems. First and foremost, Jay guides clients away from litigation through regular and proactive counseling. This counseling covers areas such as workforce changes, strategic restructurings, wage/hour compliance, improvement of policies and procedures, making safe hire/fire and disciplinary decisions, dealing with work/family balance issues, and maintaining compliance with ever-changing COVID-19 laws and regulations. Jay negotiates employment contracts and deals with issues relating to executive compensation. And Jay is skilled in conducting workplace investigations. All of these make up Jay’s “guard rail” practice, the point of which is to stay out of court.
Litigation cannot always be avoided, though, and sometimes the best way to solve a personnel problem is to make use of the court system. When that is the case, Jay does so with effective and efficient advocacy. Jay’s trial practice involves management of employment litigation in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies. With the rise in overtime collective actions and other employment class actions, Jay frequently defends these types of cases. Jay also prosecutes restrictive covenant and trade secret injunction actions. Jay is in his element in the court room, where he has obtained successful outcomes.
Honors & Leadership
- American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section and FLSA Committee)
- Pennsylvania Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section)
- Allegheny County Bar Association (Federal Court Section; Council Member and Secretary)
- Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Inns of Court (2005-present)
An active member of his community, Jay has leadership roles with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the March of Dimes. Jay served for 10 years as a member of the Dormont (PA) Zoning Hearing Board, and for three years on the board of the civic organization Sustainable Pittsburgh. He was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to serve on the Early Learning Investment Commission, a public-private partnership of business leaders serving as advocates for quality early childhood education. Jay teaches a semester-long Negotiation Skills workshop as an adjunct professor at the Duquesne University Law School.
- Wage and Hour Wednesday Podcast: Working With Independent Contractors While Avoiding Classification Problems2.24.21
- Fisher Phillips Expands Pittsburgh Presence and Grows Pennsylvania Practice with Seasoned Employment Litigation and Counseling PartnerJay Glunt Expands Firm’s Employment Litigation Defense and Preventive Counseling Services in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania9.16.20
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Wage and Hour Wednesday: Working With Independent Contractors While Avoiding Classification Problems2.10.21
- Tensions in the Workplace: A Roundtable Discussion10.29.20
- Future of Work: Planning Ahead for the Opportunities and Risks of a Remote Workforce 2021
- Riverside Center for Innovation "Introduction to Employment Law (in Pandemic Times)"
- ACC Western Pennsylvania Chapter
- Allegheny Conference Response Recovery Series "Early Considerations for the Re-opening of Business"
- COVID-19 in the Workplace
- Western PA Chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel "In a Flash: Pennsylvania's Worker Safety Order"
- Allegheny Conference, Response + Recovery Webinar Series "An Update to Unemployment and the Impact on Local Businesses"
- Allegheny County Bar Association "The Realities of the Gig Economy from an Employer's Perspective"
- Bridging Gaps without Breaking Rules: Improving your Talent Acquisition Outcomes
- Supreme Endeavor: An Analysis of Major Business Cases Accepter by the U.S. Supreme Court with the Opinions Expected to be Issued in the 2019-2020 Term
- Supreme Endeavor: A Look at the U.S. Supreme Court's Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 Terms and Decisions that Impact Pittsburgh Businesses
- Best Practices for Accommodating Impaired Workers
- Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace: Legal and Statistical Implications
- Drafting Restrictive Covenants: Encouraging Compliance and Avoiding Pitfalls
- Restrictive Covenants and Non-Compete Agreements: Avoiding and Litigating Disputes
- Duquesne University School of LawJ.D., 2000
- Pennsylvania State UniversityB.S., Architecture, 1993
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Supreme Court