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In 2014 Robert Mignin and Celina Joachim, employment law specialists from the law firm of Baker & McKenzie, contributed their time to lead the preparation of the “Guide for Federal Contractors to 2014 OFCCP Compliance Requirements Related to Veteran Hiring Under VEVRAA.” This was published by the Center for America (CFA) for the American Jobs for America’s Heroes (AJAH) campaign.

MG (ret) Gus Hargett presents the CFA Award to Bob Mignin and Celina Joachim.

MG (ret) Gus Hargett presents the CFA Award to Bob Mignin and Celina Joachim.

This free guide, written in “business English”, explains the significant changes to the legal obligations of federal contractors to recruit and hire certain veterans, National Guard members and Reservists. More than 35,000 copies have been downloaded from the CFA website and more have been distributed to businesses. Baker & McKenzie continues to collaborate with the AJAH campaign, recently presenting an hour-long webinar for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce on VEVRAA and USERRA on behalf of the campaign. This webinar will be presented again as part of AJAH’s upcoming employer curriculum on military hiring.

Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie is redefining the global law firm to meet the challenges of the global economy in the 21st century.  The Firm brings to matters the global perspective and deep market knowledge and insights of more than 4,200 locally admitted lawyers in 77 offices worldwide. It has a distinctive global way of thinking, working and behaving – “fluency” – across borders, issues and practices. It has cultivated the culture, commercial pragmatism and technical and interpersonal skills required to deliver world-class service tailored to the preferences of world-class clients worldwide. 

Baker & McKenzie has the deep roots and knowledge of the language and culture of business required to address the nuances of local markets worldwide. And its culture of friendship and broad scope of practice enable it to navigate complexityacross issues, practices and borders with ease. 

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Robert J. Mignin, a partner in the Firm’s Chicago office, represents employers in employment,
labor and litigations matters throughout the United States. He also represents employers in labor relations’ matters pertaining to unions and union organizing activities, collective bargaining, arbitrations and NLRB proceedings. He has authored or co-authored various publications, articles and papers on a broad spectrum of labor and employment law matters. He also regularly presents workshops and training programs and speaks extensively in the U.S. and internationally on a broad selection of labor and employment topics.

Celina R. Joachim is a partner in the Firm’s Houston office and regularly advises clients on employment matters. She has considerable experience representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employment litigation and traditional labor law. She regularly counsels on OFCCP-related matters as well as other federal government contractor issues. Celina conducts training for management and human resources personnel regarding various employment issues, including discrimination and harassment matters, leave laws, equal employment opportunity and OFCCP matters, and hiring, discipline and discharge issues.

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