As you can imagine there are an incredible number of complex laws surrounding labor, education, and public law.
Our labor law attorneys consistently stay apprised of all current and pending litigation that might have an impact on the way you conduct business. Between FMLA, OSHA, employee discipline, grievances, and workers comp, you already have your hands full. Allow the skilled labor law attorneys here at Spengler Nathanson to direct your policies and assist you when trouble arises.
We are equally qualified to provide legal counsel on these other areas of labor law as well as laws affecting education law and public law.
Connect with one of our labor law attorneys to discuss your concerns in greater detail. It may be overwhelming to you, but to us, it is what we do every day and we will help you develop a strategy to address the issues you are facing.
Spengler Nathanson attorneys have significant experience in collective bargaining on behalf of management in the public and private sectors, with both traditional and interest-based bargaining. We recognize the importance of the ongoing relationship between management and labor.
Our experience includes at-the-table negotiations, as well as advice regarding negotiation strategy and drafting contract language. We also handle bargaining-related matters such as mediation, public sector conciliation and fact-finding; unfair labor practices charges before the Ohio State Employment Relations Board and the National Labor Relations Board; and, when necessary, strike preparation, and securing legal restrictions on picketing and relief for strike misconduct.
With our extensive background in public law, Spengler Nathanson’s lawyers are experienced and knowledgeable about Ohio’s competitive bid laws. We often advise school districts and other public clients regarding the situations in which bidding is required, the selection of qualifying bids, and the strengths or weaknesses of challenges to the bid process, and have successfully defended against such challenges in court.
Spengler Nathanson’s experienced employment lawyers often counsel employers on whether proposed employee discipline or discharge is likely to withstand challenge in any number of forums available to employees. We have secured for employers the dismissals of hundreds of claims regarding employee discipline, in court, in grievance arbitrations, and before agencies such as the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio State Employment Relations Board and the National Labor Relations Board.
Employee handbooks are excellent tools for outlining consistent employer practices, and for preserving employer flexibility and management rights such as employment at will. Attorneys at Spengler Nathanson frequently review employee handbooks for compliance with federal and state employment laws, and recommend language and policies to protect employers and their businesses.
Spengler Nathanson lawyers believe firmly in the laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, military status and other protected classes. We also believe, however, that employers faced with unsubstantiated claims of employment discrimination should have such claims dismissed at the earliest possible time. Our lawyers have secured the dismissals of hundreds of employment discrimination claims before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in courts at the summary judgment level.
Spengler Nathanson lawyers have counseled employers on compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act since it became effective in 1994. Our experience with the FMLA includes coverage issues, employee notices, medical certifications, insurance continuation, intermittent leave, concurrent leave, and FMLA abuses.
The lawyers of Spengler Nathanson’s labor, education and public law section have handled hundreds of grievance arbitrations involving employee discharges, employee discipline, and labor contract interpretation disputes, from the preparation of management witnesses through the drafting of post-hearing briefs. We also recognize the occasional appropriateness of resolving disputes before arbitration through the grievance procedures and through mediation.
Spengler Nathanson’s attorneys review employer safety practices to assure compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act. We also advise employers regarding OSHA inspections and other dealings with OSHA compliance officers, and hazard abatement, to ensure both worker safety and, wherever possible, the avoidance of fines and enforcement actions.
Spengler Nathanson’s extensive representation of school boards and other local and state governmental bodies has given us a wide range of experience dealing with Ohio’s public records and open meetings laws. The definition of a public record, production and copying requirements, public record exemptions, public meeting requirements and the appropriate use of executive sessions are a few of the issues with which we deal regularly, while keeping up-to-date on the frequent changes in the laws and their interpretation by the courts.
Our decades-long representation of area school boards has given Spengler Nathanson the opportunity to deal with most legal issues faced by schools. We deal regularly with teacher and administrator contracts, student discipline, special education, competitive bidding, public records and open meetings, religious expression, FERPA, attendance and tuition, and a host of other school concerns.
Spengler Nathanson’s attorneys frequently advise employers regarding responses to former employees’ claims for unemployment compensation, and represent employers before the Unemployment Compensation Review Commission.
Spengler Nathanson’s labor attorneys regularly advise both public and private sector clients regarding compliance with federal minimum wage and overtime laws, and the Ohio minimum wage law. We have dealt extensively with such matters as the classification of exempt and non-exempt employees, calculation of regular rate for overtime purposes, pay for training and travel time, and exempt employees salary basis of pay.
Spengler Nathanson has an active workers compensation practice, representing employers in administrative hearings before the Industrial Commission and on appeals in court. We represent public and private employers, including school systems and advise employers on the advisability of contesting claims and on ways to resolve problem claims. In addition, we have extensive experience in defending complaints for employment intentional torts.