Rebecca J. Bernhard
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Rebecca J. Bernhard

Partner
bernhard.rebecca@dorsey.com

Overview

REBECCA HELPS COMPANIES QUICKLY RESOLVE THE COMPLICATED LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT PROBLEMS THAT CAN ARISE IN THE COURSE OF ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES.

Rebecca's experience spans traditional labor and employment counsel, immigration, and federal contract compliance and audits, including affirmative action plans and audits. She supports clients with their corporate transactions, advising on labor and employment diligence, negotiating with new unions and conducting effects bargaining, and assisting her clients with post-acquisition or post-divestiture integration. Rebecca has particular experience helping food, beverage, and agribusiness companies as well as cooperatives and financial institutions with their employment problems. 

Prior to joining the firm, Rebecca served as Senior VP of HR and Associate General Counsel at one of the nation’s largest student loan guarantors. Rebecca also has direct experience in labor relations, including serving as the Director of Labor Relations for a telemarketing company before attending law school, making her an excellent advisor to employers in all aspects of managing unionized employees. 

In addition, Rebecca assists clients with their business immigration needs, including securing temporary and permanent US visas, Form I-9 compliance training and audit defense, and merger and acquisition-related counseling. She is a frequent author and speaker on labor and employment topics confronting HR professionals, including legal issues related to talent management, succession planning, and compliance.

Rebecca is Co-Chair of Firmwide Diversity and Inclusion.

Education & Admissions

University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 2003), magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Lead Note & Comment Editor of the Minnesota Law Review

San Francisco State University (B.S.S., Labor Studies, 1997)

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Utah
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Experience

Representative Work

  • Counsels clients with unionized-workplaces in collective bargaining and grievance resolution.
  • Works with federal contractors to ensure compliance with their obligations under affirmative action and prevailing wage laws.
  • Conducts I-9 company trainings.
  • Secures E1, E2, H-1B, L-1, O and similar employment-based non-immigrant visas and green cards.
  • Negotiates and drafts executive employment agreements.
  • Negotiates and drafts separation agreements.
  • Supports the corporate M&A group on all aspects of the labor and employment diligence process, drafts ancillary documents, plans and implements WARN Act compliance procedures, and assists her clients with post-acquisition or post-divestiture integration matters.
  • Counsels and trains clients on all phases of the employment relationship.

News & Resources

Articles

H-1B Revamp Creates New Complexities For Employers
"Employment Practices Under Title I of the Americans With Disabilities Act," The ADA handbook, 2nd Edition
Federal Court Invalidates Portions of the DOL’s FFCRA Rule
OFCCP Requires New Self-ID Form
NLRB Empowers Employers to Discipline Employees for Abusive or Offensive Conduct
As States Reopen, Can Employees Refuse to Return to Work Based on Fear of Exposure to COVID-19?
White House Announces New Immigration Restrictions for H, J, and L Visas
Immigration Stability Amidst Corporate Restructuring: U.S. Immigration Service Announces Clarifications for Multinational Managers and Executives
USCIS Clarifies that in the Event of a Merger, Multinational Executives or Managers Seeking Permanent Residence under the EB-1 Category May Establish the Qualifying Foreign Employer Relationship Through a Successor Entity
UPDATE: Compliance in the Time of COVID-19: Government Defers I-9 Physical Inspection Requirements
DHS Announces New COVID Flexibility for H-2B Nonagricultural Worker Program
Immigration Moratorium? Presidential Proclamation On Immigration Not As Sweeping As Earlier Tweet Suggests
Dorsey Partner Rebecca Bernhard Comments on 60-day Immigration Suspension
COVID-19 Business Immigration Digest
DOL Temporary Rule on the FFCRA: Additional Changes and Clarifications
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Twenty (Or So) Questions With Dorsey’s Labor and Employment Team
E-Verify Extends Timeframe for Resolving Social Security Administration TNCs due to COVID-19
Compliance in the Time of COVID-19: Government Defers I-9 Physical Inspection Requirements
UPDATE: What Employers need to know now that the President has signed the Family Relief Act
What Employers Should Know About The “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”
President Trump Announces European COVID-19 Travel Ban
Chemical Industry Update - March 2020
U.S. Announces China Coronavirus Travel Ban
What Employers Need to Know About the New H-1B Cap Lottery Process
Litigation may be Key in Response to Rising Denials of Employment-Based Visas. What Strategies Should Employers Consider when Hiring or Retaining Noncitizen Professionals?

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Partner Rebecca Bernhard Comments on H-1B Visas Under Biden
Dorsey Partner Rebecca Bernhard Comments on H1-B Work Visa Changes
Dorsey Receives Mansfield Rule Certification 3.0 Plus Status for 2020
Dorsey Partner Rebecca Bernhard Discusses H-1B Visa Suspensions
Dorsey Partner Rebecca Bernhard Comments on Chinese Student Visas
Dorsey Partner Rebecca Bernhard Comments on H-2B Workers Visas
Dorsey Partner Rebecca Bernhard Comments on H-1B Workers Layoffs
Dorsey Partner Rebecca Bernhard Remarks on H1-B Workers Losing Status
Dorsey Partners Bernhard, Goldstein and Droke Discuss Food Processors COVID-19 Challenges
Dorsey Partner Rebecca Bernhard Discusses Unemployment Benefits Amid COVID-19
Dorsey Partner Rebecca Bernhard Discusses Families First Act
Dorsey Partner Rebecca Bernhard Discusses the Coronavirus Travel Ban
Dorsey Partner Rebecca Bernhard Discusses Need for Immigrant Workers
Dorsey Partner Rebecca Bernhard Discusses Coronavirus and Employee Travel
Dorsey Partner Rebecca Bernhard Discusses Foreign Business Travel
Dorsey & Whitney Announces New Diversity Hours Policy for Attorneys
Dorsey Earns Gold Standard Certification for Seventh Time from Women in Law Empowerment Forum
Dorsey Receives 100% Rating on Corporate Equality Index for Thirteenth Year
Dorsey & Whitney Receives LCLD 2018 Legal Compass Award
“Changes to Legal Immigration Policies,” GC Agenda Column in Practical Law, The Journal, Transactions & Business
Dorsey Receives Mansfield Rule Certification Plus
54 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 and 2019 Lawyers of the Year
Dorsey Again Earns Gold Standard Certification from Women in Law Empowerment Forum
Minnesota Attorney at Law: Rebecca Bernhard Attorney of the Month
"Why should Diversity and Inclusion Leaders Listen to #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo?" Minnesota Lawyer

Industries & Practices

Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Benefits & Compensation
  • Cooperative Law
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
  • Healthcare
  • Immigration
  • Labor & Employment
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section Council Member, 2015 - present
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association
  • Veterans Pro Bono Consortium, 2003 - present
  • Legal CORPS, 2004 - present
  • Episcopal Church of Minnesota, Vice Chancellor, 2012 - 2018
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Co-Chair, Vice-Chair, and Chair, Women in the Legal Profession Committee, 2008 - 2011
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Co-Chair, Pro Bono Committee of the Business Law Section, 2009 - 2011

Accolades

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  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2019-2021
  • Minnesota Attorney at Law, Attorney of the Month, March 2018
  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2014-2019
  • Listed in the Minnesota Lawyer as an “Up & Coming Attorney,” 2010
  • Leonard Street and Deinard Award for Outstanding Board Publication in the Minnesota Law Review, 2003
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section: Outstanding Student Achievement Award for Excellence in Employment Law, 2003
Rebecca J. Bernhard