Industries & Practices

Employment & Labor

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

ACA compliance

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

Compliance self-audit

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 improper application of BWC rules.

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 allowed and unrelated conditions denied, we successfully argued that an injured worker had reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) to have compensation terminated. Out of options, the injured worker ultimately settled her claim.

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 dismissed with prejudice and did not suffer any effect to its premiums as a result.

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 Ohio. This involves consulting with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation on behalf of employer organizations to draft and revise rules that protect the rights of Ohio employers.

More

Defense of a hospital's leave of absence policy

Represented a hospital in a case where a terminated employee accused the hospital of violating the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). We defended the hospital's leave of absence policy and its right to expect employees to comply or be terminated. Our client secured a favorable settlement in mediation three weeks before trial. 

More

Labor contract negotiations

Finalized contract negotiations in advance of the public sector client's timetable, at the same time, disposing of a pending lawsuit that arose from interpretation of the prior labor contract. The court case, if litigated to conclusion, could have resulted in significant unbudgeted expense and a negative impact on the labor-management relationship. By resolving the lawsuit as part of the new contract negotiation, the client was able to manage its budget responsibly and avoided the uncertainty of a judicial decision, the cost of appeals, and negative publicity.

More