Karen Harned

Executive Director

National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center

Karen Harned

Executive Director

National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center

Karen Harned serves as Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center, a post she has held since April 2002.  Prior to joining the Legal Center, Ms. Harned was an attorney at a Washington, D.C. law firm specializing in food and drug law, where she represented several small and large businesses and their respective trade associations before Congress and federal agencies.  She also served as Assistant Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Don Nickles of Oklahoma from August of 1989 to March of 1993.  Ms. Harned received her B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 1989 and her J.D. from The George Washington University National Law Center in 1995.  She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

As Executive Director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, Ms. Harned comments regularly on small business cases before federal and state courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.  She has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business, NBC Nightly News, CNN, CNBC and MSNBC, as well as National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and radio outlets across the country.  Her opinion editorials and articles regarding healthcare, lawsuit abuse, regulation, and other issues important to small business have been published in newspapers and other publications nationwide.

Ms. Harned has testified before Congress on the small business impact of regulation and the civil justice system.  Additionally, she has conducted numerous webinars and legal compliance seminars for small business owners across the country on issues relating to employment law, including unionization and immigration.

Contributions

Deep Dive Episode 183 – The Path Forward on Agency Guidance

June 25, 2021

An expert panel discusses all things agency guidance – what it is, how and why it is issued, pros and cons of current guidance practices, and more.

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The Path Forward on Agency Guidance

June 21, 2021

On Friday, June 18, the Regulatory Transparency Project hosted a panel discussion on all things agency guidance.

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Deep Dive Episode 152 – COVID-19 Regulatory Waivers and Suspensions: What Will the Biden Administration Do?

December 21, 2020

Will the Biden administration continue existing waivers and suspensions as is, or will it take a new tack on regulatory flexibility during the continuing pandemic?

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Deep Dive Episode 116 – Surviving COVID-19: The Small Business Perspective

June 3, 2020

In this episode, Karen Harned discusses policies that can help or harm the resilience of small business in the time of COVID-19.

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Deep Dive Episode 107 – COVID-19 in the Workplace: Mandated Paid Sick Leave

April 24, 2020

On March 18, the Senate passed and the President signed into law the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” Karen Harned and James Paretti will walk listeners through key provisions of this new law.

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Deep Dive Episode 88 – The Whys and Hows of Commenting on Rules

February 19, 2020

In this episode, Susan Dudley, Karen Harned, and Brian Mannix give an overview of the process and value of the public commenting process for proposed regulations.

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Deep Dive Episode 66 – Americans with Disabilities Act Litigation Enters a New Frontier – Websites

July 26, 2019

Karen Harned will provide the background on this new trend in ADA litigation, the current state of the law, and highlight a case the Supreme Court is being asked to take this next term on the issue.

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Deep Dive Episode 62 – An Update on Kisor v. Wilkie

July 3, 2019

In this episode, Karen Harned and Stephen Vaden discuss the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kisor v. Wilkie, a case with important implications for judicial deference to agency interpretation of rules.

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Deep Dive Episode 40 – Kisor v. Wilkie

April 1, 2019

In this Fourth Branch podcast, Stephen Vaden moderates a discussion between Karen Harned and Andrew Varcoe on Kisor v. Wilkie, a case which has broad and significant implications for issues surrounding judicial deference to agency interpretation of regulations.

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