Jill Sebest  Welch


  • Rutgers School of Law, J.D., Rutgers Law Journal, State Constitutional law editor
  • Wittenberg University, B.A.


  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Pennsylvania Rising Stars (2010)
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)


  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • Lancaster Bar Association; former chair of the Employment/Labor Law Section, 2011; former vice chair, 2010
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • York Society for Human Resource Management


  • Panelist: "Embracing Change & Preparing for the Future", 2019 Reading Business Seminar (October 2019)
  • "All Things Wage and Hour – An Update on Developments at the U.S. Department of Labor and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2019)
  • "Mock Investigation in the #MeToo Era", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2019)
  • "Hot Topics in Employment, Labor & Immigration", Food & Ag Summit (February 2019)
  • "A Discussion of Top Employment Challenges Facing Business Owners and A Human Resources Department of One (Or None)", Wake up with Barley (September 2018)
  • "Paid Sick Leave Trends and Forecasts, Lancaster SHRM Fall Legal Update 2018 (September 2018)
  • "Medical Marijuana in the Workplace", Lancaster Chamber's "Wake Up to the Issues" (June 2018)
  • "Is Six Degrees of Separation Enough? Joint Employer Liability & Independent Contractor Misclassification", 2018 Barley Snyder Employment Seminar (May 2018)
  • "Top Payroll and Payroll Tax Issues Facing Human Resource Professionals (and Their Controllers, Too!)", 2018 Barley Snyder Employment Seminar (May 2018)
  • "2018 Employee Handbook Workshop", Lancaster Chamber (March 2018)
  • "The New EEOC and Pennsylvania Employment Law Update", Cumberland Valley SHRM (October 2017)
  • "Ethics Lessons Learned from the Jerry Sandusky Case", Financial Executives International, Pennsylvania Chapter (June 2017)
  • "New Faces In The Trump Administration Shaping Labor and Employment Law", Financial Executives International, Pennsylvania Chapter (June 2017)
  • "The Summit for Food & Agribusiness: The Human Side", Food & Ag EdCon (May 2017)
  • Moderator, “Taking and Defending the Deposition of an HR Manager”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 23rd Annual Employment Law Institute (April 2017)
  • "Wage and Hour Law Developments From Our Courts, Congress and the Trump Administration", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (April 2017)
  • "Strategic Issues in Non-Competes and Restrictive Covenants", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (April 2017)
  • "Work and Gender Equality Legal Implications", Pennsylvania Bankers Association (February 2017)
  • "Compliance Strategies for the New Federal Overtime Rule", Webinar (June 2016)
  • "Record Breaking Year for Wage and Hour Claims - Managing the Tide", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2016)
  • "U.S. Department of Labor Proposed Changes to Overtime Rule", Complimentary Payroll Services Seminar (November 2015)
  • "Using Social Media and Complying with the Latest FTC and NLRB Requirements", 2015 Employment Law & Legislative Conference (October 2015)
  • "The Year of the Standoff – Wage and Hour Developments in 2015", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (April 2015)
  • "The Year of the Standoff: The President v. Congress v. The Supreme Court on Key Labor and Employment Issues", McKonly & Asbury's Collaborate 2015 Conference (May 2015)
  • "The Healthcare Workplace", PBI's 21st Annual Employment Law Institute (April 2015)
  • "Workplace Harassment and Risk Management Strategies for Investigation and Compliance", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2014)
  • "Pay Me Now – Or Pay Me Double (and My Attorney) Later", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2014)
  • "Out Of The Frying Pan . . . But Still In The Fire — Traps Lurking In Pennsylvania’s Wage And Hour Laws", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2013)
  • "Contending with Social Media in the Workplace," Pennsylvania Bar Institute (August 2012, panelist)
  • "FMLA/ADA and Managing Leave", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2012)
  • "Under Attack: Independent Contractor and Contingent Workers Classifications," Pennsylvania Bar Institute (March 2012, panelist)
  • "Social Media Issues in the Workplace," Barley Snyder Business Seminar (October 2011)
  • "Basics of the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act," Pennsylvania Bar Institute (July 2011 )
  • "Ethical and Privilege Considerations in the Age of Electronic Discovery," Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Employment Law Institute (April 2011)
  • "Wage and Hour Overview and Litigation Trends," Lancaster Bar Association (January 2010)
  • "Ethical Implications of Social Networking," Pennsylvania Bar Institute Employment Law Institute (April 2010)
  • "Review of the ADA Amendments Act," Lancaster Bar Association (February 2009)
  • "Minimum Wage and Overtime Requirements," Pennsylvania Bar Institute (December 2007)
  • "The Ethics of Ex Parte Communications in Employment Disputes," Lancaster Bar Association (August 2006)

Community Involvement

  • Lancaster County EDC Center for Regional Analysis, advisory committee member
  • Pennsylvania Dutch Council of the Boy Scouts of America, board of directors (2018-present)
  • Taekwon Do Black Belt, 2nd Dan
  • Leadership Lancaster EOS; 2008 graduate
  • Lancaster Family YMCA Association; former secretary, board member and former chair, human resources committee
  • Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board; board member, chair (2014-2016), vice chair (2012-2014)


  • Law Clerk to Hon. Thomas L. Ambro, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

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Jill Sebest Welch

Partner(717) 399-1521
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Jill is a partner in and chair of Barley Snyder’s Employment Practice Group, where she counsels companies in handling workplace challenges and helps clients resolve disputes, claims, cases, and litigation in all aspects of labor and employment law.

As an employment law counselor, Jill assists in developing employment policies, employee handbook provisions, non-compete and restrictive covenants and severance agreements, and has assisted companies through difficult layoffs and reductions in force. Jill serves as her clients’ counselor-on-call, advising clients daily on a myriad of employment issues such as Internet and drug and alcohol abuse, evaluating requests for Family Medical Leave Act and military leaves of absence, questions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, using criminal background checks in hiring, conducting terminations, and other workplace challenges.

In her employment litigation practice, Jill represents employers and companies of all types - large and small, public, private, family-owned, emerging companies, entrepreneurs and others - on matters ranging from employment discrimination, benefits, contracts, collective action wage and hour claims, non-compete cases and unemployment compensation appeals to Sarbanes-Oxley and OSHA whistleblower cases, and labor management relations before administrative tribunals and state and federal courts.

Jill works with companies across a wide range of industries including manufacturing, products, retail, banking and other finance-related companies, hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health care entities, food processing, hospitality, construction and property management, communication, technology, transportation, agri-business, professional services and non-profit organizations. Examples of select matters which Jill has helped resolve for clients include:

  • Served as trial counsel and successfully resolved a number of collective action wage and hour claims.
  • Secured a complete defense verdict on claims of overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and breach of contract in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas.
  • Successfully secured a preliminary injunction in the York County Court of Common Pleas for a company against its former national sales director who began working for a competitor.
  • Represented a client in a temporary restraining order/preliminary injunction involving claims of tortious interference with the company’s contracts and misappropriation of confidential client information, involving over 20 pre-trial motions and hearings, resolving the matter favorably for the client.
  • Served as co-trial counsel in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on an ERISA claim for benefits in excess of a million dollars resulting in a complete defense victory for the company.
  • Successfully defended a manufacturing client in a breach of employment contract claim in AAA arbitration.
  • Successfully represented clients before the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review and the National Labor Relations Board in upholding the independent contractor status of their third-party contractors.
  • Successfully defended a manufacturer before the American Arbitration Association, where the union alleged that the company violated the collective bargaining agreement, affirming the company’s management rights in response to changing market needs.
  • Represented a client in a jury trial in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on an employment discrimination claim resulting in a defense verdict on five of six counts and a favorable resolution of the final count.
  • Represented County Commissioners in interest arbitration regarding full-time and part-time Adult Probation Officers, Juvenile Probation Officers, BARJ Coordinator and Domestic Relations Hearing and Enforcement Officers under the auspices of the PLRB.
  • Secured dismissal of OSHA whistleblower claims alleging retaliation for lodging internal safety complaints. 

Jill also defends Barley Snyder’s food and agribusiness clients in matters ranging from class and collective action wage and hour litigation, whistleblower complaints, restrictive covenants and employment discrimination claims, and provided counsel to companies on a wide range of employment practices and policies.

Jill was selected to the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 Super Lawyers list. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection can be found  at www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process_detail.html. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

A frequent speaker, Jill has trained companies, human resources professionals, managers and supervisors on best practices in such areas as: conducting sexual harassment investigations, planning reductions in force, handling mental disabilities under the ADA, understanding wage and hour laws, effective hiring and discharge strategies, EEOC compliance, managing Sarbanes-Oxley and whistleblower claims, and navigating the ADA - FMLA - Worker’s Compensation maze and other subjects.

For the comparison standards employed by Super Lawyers, please visit superlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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