Industries & Practices
Employment & Labor
We help employers of all sizes and industries in the ever-changing area of employment law.
Our team of experienced employment and labor attorneys understands that every organization’s culture, operations and profitability depend on human resources best practices. From compliance audits to performance management, non-compete enforcement, leave and accommodation management, employment litigation and labor arbitrations, we routinely assist clients in a wide range of labor and employment matters. By educating the employers with which we work, anticipating complications and assisting with preventative measures, we help employers maintain a flexible and compliant employment operation to avoid lawsuits and the costly civil penalties that come from noncompliance.
Types of clients we represent:
- Banks and financial institutions
- Colleges and universities
- Employee benefit plans
- Hospitals, health systems and health care providers
- Insurance companies
- Nonprofit organizations and trade associations
- Retail and wholesale businesses
- The food service industry
- School districts
- Municipalities and other government entities
- Transportation and logistics
- Information technology service providers
- Professional services firms
"Bricker’s Employment & Labor attorneys ‘are experts in their fields, ask pertinent questions and look at matters critically and thoroughly to come to the best decision.’"
"[Bricker’s employment practice] maintains a fantastic reputation for its work on behalf of health care clients. It is also regularly sought after for its expertise by clients in the education, manufacturing and insurance arenas."
"Bricker [offers] adept counsel in wage and hour, collective bargaining and discrimination issues."
Municipal collective bargaining agreement
Represented city in a politically charged case involving questions of government separation of power and authority following a municipal court judge’s ordering of the city’s finance dir...More
Represented university client in labor arbitration involving a campus maintenance driver who was terminated for a series of accidents in a College vehicl...More
ERISA long-term disability litigation
Represented national insurance company in an ERISA case involving a decision to terminate a plaintiff’s long-term disability benefits after 15 years. Litigated complex legal issues involving ...More
ERISA preemption litigation
Represented national insurance company against breach of contract and bad faith claims following client’s denial of an accidental death and dismemberment claim preempted by ERISA. Negotiated ...More
C-suite discrimination, harassment and workplace b...
Conducted high-level, confidential investigation on behalf of global retail company into allegations of discrimination, harassment and workplace bullying involving a c-suite leader. Provided recomm...More
Summary judgment in age discrimination litigation
Secured summary judgment on behalf of a global manufacturing company and individually named managers in a case involving allegations of age discrimination and retaliation. Decision affirmed on...More
Multi-jurisdiction disability discrimination litig...
Represented global retailer in more than twenty disability discrimination charges and lawsuits brought under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) involving enforcement of credentialing standard...More
Union-related risk for hospital acquisition
Managed employment law aspects of merger effort between a major health system and eastern Ohio hospital system with several unions. Counseled the health system on the risks of proceeding with the a...More
Corporate employment reorganization
Implemented a corporate reorganization for a privately owned retailer operating in numerous states. This involved merging approximately 13 corporations out of existence and establishing one co...More
Diversity and inclusion training
Develop and regularly conduct corporate diversity and cultural competency training modules for employees and management teams. Trainings encourage participants to foster a welcoming work environmen...More
Areas of Focus
Employee Benefits & Pension Plans
Representing more than 100 public and private qualified plans, we advise employers who sponsor tax-qualified pension and retirement plans. Our attorneys are involved with the design, qualification and administration of numerous tax-qualified plans with special skill in large, complex pension arrangements.More
Workers’ Compensation & Safety (OSHA)
We represent both state-funded and self-insured employers before Ohio's workers' compensation system and before Ohio's courts, helping employers control these significant claim costs. Additionally, we counsel employers in more complex matters such as Violations of Specific Safety Requirements (VSSR), premium impacts, OSHA compliance, BWC audits and start-up/wind-down procedures.More
Management & Employee Training
Our attorneys regularly provide tailored training to clients on a variety of legal employment issues. We offer management-level training for corporate leadership, including boards of directors, managers, supervisors and team leads and all-hands training for entire staffs. In addition to customizable training modules, we assist clients in conducting internal self-audits of their HR practices, so that they can identify and prioritize goals for improving personnel processes.More
One of our most important roles is to be a counselor and advisor to clients. Clients trust our non-judgmental opinions and our ability to provide them with sound advice about how to handle often delicate matters. To avoid or limit exposure to employment-related lawsuits, our attorneys regularly and proactively counsel management and educate supervisors. This counseling is valuable in avoiding costly litigation and workplace morale issues.
When litigation is inevitable, our attorneys vigorously defend employers in all phases of employment claims. Specific issues include discrimination and harassment, non-competes and others, such as OSHA, workers’ compensation and contractual terminations. Our team advises clients through agency investigations, perceived regulation violations, and other types of claims in state and federal law employment claims brought before administrative agencies or in courts.More
We routinely work with clients to design and implement executive compensation programs and to help boards and committees understand their responsibilities under state corporation law, federal tax laws and federal securities laws.
Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining
Our employment attorneys understand and regularly provide traditional labor services to management. We work closely with businesses to structure policies and practices designed to maintain a union-free environment.
COVID-19 Update: New EEOC guidance states that ADA prohibits employers from requiring coronavirus antibody testsMore
U.S. Supreme Court rules LGBTQ+ employees are protected from employment discrimination under Title VIIMore
COVID-19 relief for health plans and participants: Employers and employees get mid-year break on cafeteria plan changes and COBRA deadlinesMore
EEOC provides COVID-19 return to work guidance for high risk workers as Ohio governor urges they stay homeMore
Chambers USA includes Bricker practices, attorneys in 2020 rankings
For 2020, Chambers USA included 8 Bricker & Eckler practices in its annual ranking of law firms and attorneys. Additionally, Chambers recognized the 24 attorneys for their legal skills, professional conduct and client service.More Apr 23, 2020
COVID-19 Ohio Business Response Toolkit
Helping businesses in Ohio identify and take immediate actions to comply with the Ohio's stay at home order regarding COVID-19. Bricker’s multidisciplinary team of attorneys have assembled a toolkit to assist individuals, business owners and other public and private entities to efficiently navigate the requirements of the order and identify, assess and manage business risk throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.More
Ohio Court Tracker: The Impact of COVID-19
The goal of the "Ohio Court Tracker" is to pull all of that information into one place in order to allow attorneys, judges, court staff and the general public to quickly identify what courts in all 88 Ohio counties are doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.More
Bricker attorney explains employer hardship under EEOC’s rule to report demographic data
According to employment attorney Jim Petrie in Columbus CEO’s “EEOC rule to report pay and demographic data by Jan. 31 won’t continue after this year,” EEOC's “reporting requirements come at a heavy cost for larger employers.”More Jan 3, 2020