Jacqueline B. Jones joined Mackenzie Hughes in 2000 and is now a partner
in the firm's business department. Her practice focuses on labor and employment
litigation in federal and state courts, including employment discrimination,
wrongful termination and breach of contract actions. She also appears in
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Division of Human Rights actions.
She successfully defends clients during workplace investigations by the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Department of Labor.
She drafts employment contracts and separation agreements and counsels businesses
and municipalities to ensure their policies and practices are in compliance
with employment laws and regulations as well. In addition, she represents
employers in all aspects of the labor-management relationship including
collective bargaining, arbitration and compliance with the National Labor
Jackie is also a member of the firm's immigration law practice group
where she has experience in counseling employers on I-9 paperwork violations,
I-9 verification and compliance, US DOL wage and hour division investigations,
and analyzing the application of sanctions involving employer violations
under IRCA and the Immigration and Nationality Act. In addition, she has
spoken to groups on the IRCA & other immigration employment violations.
Frequently, Jackie speaks at seminars for employers and supervisors concerning
all aspects of the employment relationship including proper hiring and
discharge practices, sexual harassment, employment discrimination and
compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Family Medical
Leave Act, the Americans' with Disabilities Act and wage and hour laws.
Jackie received a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University
where she completed a dual major in Public Relations and Law and Public
Policy in 1991. She then went on to study at the University at Buffalo
School of Law, where she graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 1994. While
a student at the University at Buffalo School of Law, Jackie was a member
of the Jessup Moot Court Board. She received the Best Oralist Award from
the Jessup Moot Court Intramural Competition in 1992 and in 1993, she
received the Best Oralist Award at the Fasken, Campbell & Godfrey
Competition. In addition, she received the Best Oralist Award from the
National Environmental Moot Court Competition, PACE Law School in 1994.
She was also a member of the Environmental Law Journal and the Environmental
Clinic. Jackie was admitted to the New York Bar in 1995, and in 1999 she
was admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New
York and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.
Jackie is a member of the Onondaga County, New York State and American
Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Women's Bar Association
of the State of New York, the Central New York Chapter of the Industrial
Relations Research Association and is the Legislative Chairperson to the
Central New York Society for Human Resource Management Board. She is involved
in the Central New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health and
the Volunteer Lawyers Project. Jackie had an article published in the
Central New York Business Journal on February, 16, 2001, titled, "Full
Impact of New Ergonomics Standards Remains to be Seen."
Prior to joining Mackenzie Hughes, Jackie was an attorney at a local
law firm, where she worked on labor arbitration hearings and National
Labor Relations Board proceedings. She also has experience in appellate
practice before federal and state courts, incorporating small businesses,
and drafting contracts, wills and trusts.
When Jackie has a few moments to spare, she enjoys spending time in the
Thousand Islands, traveling, swimming, playing soccer and attending musicals.