Sheryl J. Willert


  • Thursday, December 22, 2011
    Editor: On April 1, 2011, the new Dodd-Frank Loan Officer Rules (Reg Z) took effect. Please describe the intent of the rules and their major provisions. Willert: The Regulation Z changes had multifaceted intent but generally sought to set the industry on the right path after the loan origination debacle. The Dodd-Frank Act focused on improving the...
  • Monday, May 2, 2011
    With a Democratic administration in charge of the White House and one house of Congress, it is not unexpected that there has been significant activity, both federally and on the state level, with respect to employment related issues. Some of the decisions that have come out of the Courts come as no surprise; they are simply a rational extension of those...
  • Monday, August 30, 2010
    In a move that surprised a number of financial and non-financial institutions, the United States Department of Labor ("DOL") changed its long-standing interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act as it relates to Mortgage Loan Officers. The DOL announced that mortgage loan officers would no longer be exempt employees. In short, this means that mortgage...
  • Monday, February 1, 2010
    Editor: Would you please tell our readers about your professional career? As a member of a minority, both as a woman and a person of color, what difference has this made in your career path, if any?
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2009
    Editor: What was the purpose of the amendments to the federal False Claims Act (FCA) embodied in the recently enacted Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act (FERA)? Willert: The intent of FERA was to expand the FCA to protect the U.S. and, in so doing, the citizens of this country against fraud associated with the trillions of dollars that will be expended...
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2009
    During the recent 2008 presidential election campaign, President Barack Obama had promised that his administration would bring "change" to Washington DC and the political process. With a nationwide shift in the mood toward safety and protection in the face of challenging economic times, and a substantial majority in Congress, President Obama has the power...
  • Thursday, January 1, 2009
    Editor: Would each of you tell our readers something about your professional experience? Willert: I am the Managing Director of Williams Kastner, and I have spent approximately 30 years of my professional practice in the labor and employment law arena. This includes a great deal of counseling on the employer side in addition to litigation.
  • Saturday, November 1, 2008
    Editor: Tell us about the scope of the firm's employment law practice.
  • Thursday, November 1, 2007
    Editor: Without Fear or Favor, the Report of DRI's Judicial Task Force is designed to protect the independence of the judiciary. What are your reactions?