Labor and Employment (Public and Private)

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Our labor and employment law attorneys consistently stay apprised of current and pending statutes, regulations, and litigation that might have an impact on the way you conduct business.  We have experience in a wide variety of areas, including collective bargaining, competitive bidding, FMLA, employee discipline, grievances, and workers’ compensation. We regularly draft and update employee handbooks, policies and procedures, and employment contracts, and we can work with you to direct your policies or assist you when trouble arises.

 

We have decades of experience providing legal counsel and representation to public schools, municipalities, townships, port authorities, park districts, and other local governments.  We also represent individuals and private businesses regarding employment contracts and other personnel concerns.

 

We invite you to connect with one of our labor and employment law attorneys to discuss your questions in greater detail. We are happy to help you develop a strategy to address the issues you may be facing.

 

Competitive Bidding

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.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:
Michael W. Bragg
Richard E. Wolff
David M. Smigelski
J.Peter Millon
Truman A. Greenwood

Employee Discipline

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.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:
Cheryl F. Wolff
David M. Smigelski
Renisa A. Dorner
Patricia A. Wise
Lisa E. Pizza
Jennifer A. McHugh

 

Employee Handbooks

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.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:
David M. Smigelski
Renisa A. Dorner
Patricia A. Wise
Lisa E. Pizza
Sarah K. Skow
Jennifer A. McHugh
Thomas A. Lupica
Cheryl F. Wolff

Employment Discrimination Defense

Our attorneys frequently defend employers facing charges or lawsuits alleging employment discrimination.  Although the law is well-intended to protect employees from workplace discrimination and provide remedies when such discrimination occurs, it is unfortunately common for employers to have to defend against unfounded claims of employment discrimination.  In those situations, employers 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 state and federal courts.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:
Teresa L. Grigsby
Renisa A. Dorner
Patricia A. Wise
David M. Smigelski
Renisa A. Dorner
Lisa E. Pizza
Jennifer A. McHugh
Joan C. Szuberla
Cheryl F. Wolff

 

FMLA

Spengler Nathanson lawyers have counseled both public and private employers on compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act since it became effective in 1994. Our experience with the FMLA includes eligibility and coverage issues, employee notices, medical certifications, insurance continuation, intermittent leave, concurrent leave, and FMLA abuses.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:

Renisa A. Dorner
Patricia A. Wise
David M. Smigelski
Lisa E. Pizza
Cheryl F. Wolff

 

Grievance Arbitration

The lawyers of Spengler Nathanson’s labor and employment 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 and through mediation.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:
David M. Smigelski
Patricia A. Wise
Lisa E. Pizza
Cheryl F. Wolff

OSHA

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.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:

James P. Silk, Jr.
Renisa A. Dorner
Susan B. Nelson
James R. Jeffery

 

Public Records and Open Meetings

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.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:
David M. Smigelski
Teresa L. Grigsby
Lisa E. Pizza
Renisa A. Dorner
Jennifer A. McHugh
Cheryl F. Wolff
Truman A. Greenwood

 

School Law

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.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:
David M. Smigelski
Renisa A. Dorner
Lisa E. Pizza
Jennifer A. McHugh
Cheryl F. Wolff

 

Unemployment Compensation

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.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:

David M. Smigelski
Cheryl F. Wolff
Renisa A. Dorner

Wage-Hour Law

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.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:

Renisa A. Dorner
David M. Smigelski
Patricia A. Wise
Lisa E. Pizza
Cheryl F. Wolff

Workers Compensation

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.

 

Attorneys who can assist you:

Renisa A. Dorner
Sarah K. Skow
J. Peter Millon

Public & Private Collective Bargaining

Spengler Nathanson’s 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.

Attorneys who can assist you:
David M. Smigelski
Lisa E. Pizza
Cheryl F. Wolff

 

 

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