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."
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals oral argument
Successfully argued an age discrimination and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) retaliation case before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a large manufacturing client.More
Executive-level discrimination investigation
Served as an external investigator for a large organization in response to allegations of race and gender discrimination reported against a member of the organization's senior leadership team. ...More
COVID-19 management counseling
Helped clients understand their legal obligations under new labor and employment laws passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Drafted work-from-home, leave, and reopening policies; advised on ...More
Workers’ compensation settlement defense
Represented a medical center in defending a workers’ compensation settlement that was challenged by an employee, who, despite agreeing to the settlement, argued that the settlement amount was...More
Testimony before the Ohio Senate
Testified before the Ohio Senate on behalf of the National Federation of Independent Businesses regarding House Bill 308, which impacts workers’ compensation benefits for first responders dia...More
Non-compete agreement litigation
Represented a national mortgage loan company in two lawsuits in which the client hired two mortgage loan officers from a competitor, and the competitor sought to enforce the loan officers’ no...More
Discrimination and retaliation defense
Defended an international manufacturing company against claims of race, disability and sex-based discrimination and retaliation by a former employee. The case was ultimately dismissed by the Equal ...More
Disability discrimination and harassment defense
Defended a health care system against claims of disability discrimination and harassment and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) interference lodged by a 10-year employee against two members of the...More
Resolution of civil rights charges against city an...
Represented a municipality and police officers sued for civil rights violations nearly two years after an allegedly unconstitutional traffic stop. The federal lawsuit and the disciplinary issues as...More
Defense of termination of executive officer
Defended a transportation company against the claims of a C-suite officer who believed the termination was based on sexual orientation discrimination, not performance deficiencies. Successfully res...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.
Department of Labor proposes rule adopting “economic reality” test to assess independent contractor statusMore
Ohio Supreme Court holds that "direct observation" of drug testing is not an invasion of privacyMore
U.S. Department of Labor issues revised FFCRA rules in response to New York District Court decisionMore
More uncertainty ahead for employers after New York District Court strikes down parts of FFCRA regulationsMore
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