Perspectiva General

Claire B. Deason’s practice focuses on litigation, compliance, and consulting on all aspects of wage and hour law under federal and state law.

In her wage and hour compliance and consulting work, Claire advises clients on all aspects of current wage and hour law and works closely with clients to develop compensation programs, create practical and manageable remote work compliance, navigate remote employee expense reimbursement, revise payroll practices and calculation methods, review position classifications, and coordinate messaging and training to communicate changes to the workforce.

Claire is a thought leader and partner to her clients on all aspects of the post-pandemic shift to remote work and compliance challenges related to remote worker relocation (the “Wandering Worker”). Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Claire has guided clients in wage and hour compliance with respect to compensable time, expense reimbursement, new developments in state law related to paid time off, changes to employee wages and duties, and incentive compensation planning and strategies. Claire advises on the unique wage and hour challenges of incentives for COVID-19 vaccination, as well.

In her wage and hour litigation practice, Claire develops creative, cutting-edge strategies for early resolution and dismissal of collective actions and has efficiently resolved collective actions for clients in the hospitality, service, and oil and gas industries. Claire has extensive experience with all stages of wage and hour litigation, including:

  • Early and representative discovery
  • Conditional certification
  • Decertification
  • Individual and collective settlements

Claire is a member of Littler’s Wage and Hour Practice Group Core Team, Audit Services Practice Group Core Team, and leads Littler’s Wandering Worker team.

In addition to her wage and hour practice, Claire represents clients in traditional discrimination suits and agency charges under both federal and state laws. She advises clients on all aspects of day-to-day personnel matters, including leave and disability issues, employee discipline, and termination.

In her pro bono practice, Claire has successfully obtained asylum, Permanent Resident status, and humanitarian parole for clients in individual immigration matters before U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services and U.S. Department of State.

News, Analysis & Press

3 Paid Leave Tips For New COVID-19 Booster Eligibility

Law360 Employment Authority

November 19, 2021

Who Pays for Vaccine Mandates?

Law360 Employment Authority

August 26, 2021

WPI Labor Day Report 2020

WPI Report

September 8, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employer FAQs


March 24, 2020

Unexpected Consequences: the Constitutional Implications of Federal Prison Policy for Offenders Considering Abortion

93 Minn. L. Rev. 1377


Speaking Engagements

Finding Beauty in Change: The Metamorphosis of Work

Littler Executive Employer Conference

May 6, 2022

Legal and Practical Considerations for Hiring and Retention During COVID-19

Minnesota CLE

December 1, 2021

Are We There Yet? Weathering the Workforce Drama of 2021 with Creative Employment Solutions

ACC Minnesota

November 16, 2021

Employment Law Issues in a Remote Work Environment

Department of Energy Contractor Attorneys’ Association Annual Conference

October 21, 2021

That's Not a Thing Here: Federal and Minnesota Overtime Exemptions

Minnesota SHRM State Conference, Prior Lake, MN

October 12, 2021

The Remote Work Transformation: Embracing Opportunities and Managing Challenges

National Association of College and University Attorneys Annual Conference

June 25, 2021

There’s No Place Like Home: Remote Work and The Future of Work

2021 TCSHRM Legal Summit

February 4, 2021

Managing a Remote Workforce

Minnesota CLE

January 14, 2021

Restructuring Your Workforce: Furloughs, Reductions in Force and Compensation Changes in Response to COVID-19

Littler Executive Employer Conference

May 8, 2020

Restructuring Your Workforce: Furloughs, Reductions in Force and Compensation Changes in Response to COVID-19

Littler Executive Employer Conference

May 8, 2020

COVID-19 in the Workplace: Recent Developments and Compliance Challenges

Littler Webinar

May 1, 2020

Getting Back to Work in Minnesota - Lawfully

May 1, 2020

Managing Minefields – Navigating Employment Laws and Management Challenges

TCSHRM February Legal Summit

February 13, 2020

Agency Perspectives: Understanding & Complying With the New Minnesota and Minneapolis Wage Theft Acts

2019 Midwest Employer

October 3, 2019

Take Action Now: Top-priority Compliance Advice to Respond to the Rapidly Changing Legal Environment

2019 Midwest Employer

October 3, 2019

Get Ready! Minnesota's Wage Theft Law is Effective July 1

Littler 2019 Executive Employer

July 2, 2019

Hold onto Your Hat: 2019 Wage and Hour Update

2019 National Employer Conference

May 9, 2019

The Pay Equity Wave Rolls On: What You Need to Know to Stay Afloat

Midwest Employer Conference

November 8, 2018

Advanced Wage and Hour Topics

SHRM Senior Special Interest Group Meeting, Minneapolis MN

October 23, 2018

Independent Contractors, Temporary Employees, and Interns… Oh My! Navigating Nonemployees in an Employee Friendly Legal Landscape

TCSHRM Webinar

September 19, 2018

Investigating Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims

Twin Cities SHRM Legal Summit

February 15, 2018

Policy Update

Midwest Employer Conference

October 2017

Wage and Hour Update

Midwest Employer Conference

October 2015

2015 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 13, 2015


  • J.D., University of Minnesota, 2009magna cum laude
  • B.A., Macalester College, 2006cum laude

Admisión de la barra

District of Columbia


  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota