Pam Howland has been litigating cases in Idaho state and federal courts since 2001 and has represented employers from around the country against claims encompassing a variety of employment laws, including claims of discrimination, harassment, non-compete, wrongful termination, FLSA, FMLA and ADA. She has tried cases in both state and federal court, has defended employers in arbitration proceedings, and regularly helps employers resolve claims through mediation. In addition to her employment litigation practice, she also regularly counsels employers on how to avoid litigation on topics related to discipline, termination, retaliation, internal policies and procedures, and evolving (and complex) laws such as the FLSA, ADA, and FMLA.
Pam is passionate about employment law and speaks regularly on employment law topics. In 2015 alone, she spoke to a variety of different audiences, including attorneys, paralegals, human resource professionals, business owners, and students on performance management, work place investigations, harassment and discrimination, social media, and changing laws on gender identity and sexual orientation. Pam is on the Board of the Human Resource Association of the Treasure Valley (“HRATV”) and is dedicated to assisting employers and human resource professionals as they maneuver through the minefield of changing employment laws and guidelines. She is dedicated to staying abreast on recent employment law trends, laws, and cases that impact Idaho employers and to sharing what she knows with the people who need to apply this knowledge in their every day jobs.
Pam is active in the Idaho State Bar and the local community. She serves as the Chair of the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Policy Council and is on the Idaho Pro Bono Commission. In addition, she is on the Idaho Leadership Council for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (“JDRF”) and is their local advocacy chair. She also is a Board Member for the Friends of Zoo Boise, is a Board Member of Anser Charter School, and is an Adjunct Professor at Concordia School of Law.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment (2015)
Mountain States Super Lawyers, General Litigation (2013-2015)
Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Stars, General Litigation (2009)
Idaho Business Review, Accomplished Under 40 Award (2009)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, J.D., summa cum laude, May 2000
MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Science in Business, 1993
Marla S. Henken
Marla Henken is an effective communicator, an experienced advisor, and a problem solver. Prior to creating Idaho Employment Lawyers, PLLC, Marla was the Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Director for Boise State University from 2010-2013 and in private practice at Stoel Rives, LLP from 1995-2010.
With over 15 years of experience advising employers, in both the public and private sectors, she tackles a range of employment matters, including questions about family and medical leave, discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII), accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), EEO compliance and affirmative action, employment policies on social media and other current topics facing today’s employers. She represents employers in investigations and proceedings before regulatory agencies on discrimination and harassment charges, under Title VII and the Idaho Human Rights Act. In addition to responding to agency actions, Marla conducts employer-initiated internal investigations on workplace issues, such as discrimination and harassment under Title VII.
Marla expertly understands the legal framework governing the work place. She carefully integrates her legal knowledge with the culture and objectives of her clients to develop effective solutions. Marla works well with in-house human resources professionals and, if needed, other advisors to achieve the best outcome.
Marla participates, on behalf of employers, in hiring, discipline and termination actions, plus reductions in force, providing strategic advice and practical approaches to these processes. Marla also provides training on appropriate workplace conduct, including anti-harassment, Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”) compliance, FMLA, ADA, and wage and hour compliance. With respect to OSHA compliance, Marla advises employers on safety and health programs and policies required to comply with OSHA standards, audits conducted to determine OSHA compliance, and strategies for employers, who are responding to OSHA inspections or defending against OSHA enforcement actions.
Among Marla’s clients are educational institutions. Marla works with these clients on the specific challenges presented by Title IX allegations of sexual discrimination and sexual harassment.
Vermont Law School, Juris Dcotor, cum laude, May 1995; Masters in Environmental Law, magna cum laude, May 1995
University of California at Santa Barbara, Secondary Teaching Credential, June 1990
Middlebury College, Bachelor of Arts, English, cum laude, May 1988
The Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, Connecticut, Diploma, cum laude, May 1984
Boise State University, Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Director, 2010-2013
Ojai Valley School, Ojai California, Secondary School English Teacher, 1991-1992
Foothills School of Arts and Sciences, Board Member