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
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
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.
Clients routinely ask us to help train their organizations on various topics, such as avoiding workplace harassment, sound personnel management practices, wage-hour laws, and many other issues that can, if not well understood, result in costly claims. Our hands-on experience and customized training content make learning and understanding perennial and emerging legal issues approachable.
Sixth Circuit clarifies how to establish a “regarded as” ADA claim and revives former employee’s suit with “smoking gun” emailMore
Discrimination claim negotiation
Represented a national restaurant chain in a discrimination claim and successfully negotiated a nominal settlement.More
Employer benefits committee counsel
Regularly counsels employer benefits committees on fiduciary issues and best practices.More
Regularly counsel public schools and private employers on ACA compliance issues.More
Favorable compliance statements
Obtained multiple favorable compliance statements under the IRS’ Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System.More
Conducted a compliance self-audit of all retirements plans for an employer with 16,000 employees.More
BWC adjudicating committee
Successfully argued cases before the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s Adjudicating Committee on independent contractor issues, re-rates due to gross misrepresentation and imp...More
Cost control on workers' comp claims
Used both aggressive and strategic techniques to help a new client with multiple derailed claims get their claims costs under control. For example, fighting to have only the necessary treatment all...More
Temporary total compensation termination
Successfully terminated temporary total compensation causing an overpayment of almost $20,000 through use of external surveillance and social media.More
Reduction of school district's liability
Worked with the Ohio Attorney General's Office to reduce a school district's liability for a common pleas court settlement to zero dollars. The school district paid nothing to have the case...More
Protection of Ohio employer rights
Advise employer organizations on the potential impact of House and Senate bills, as well as rule changes proposed by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and Industrial Commission of O...More