Labor & Employment Group

Seth P. Briskin, Chair

We’re Proactive So You Can Avoid Litigation

Our labor and employment attorneys decrease the risk of litigation through a proactive legal approach, including the development of personnel policies and employment handbooks. We use employment law audits and human resources counseling to help our clients avoid employment-related issues before they turn into expensive, time-consuming litigation.

Our Experience With the Law Counts

Our labor and employment attorneys represent private and public-sector employers in Federal and State Courts, defending:

• Discrimination lawsuits
• Wrongful discharge claims
• Non-competition disputes
• Misappropriation of trade secrets
• Intentional tort claims

Strong Representation for Clients

To represent our clients regarding all manner of administrative charges, our attorneys regularly appear before the:

• DOL (Department of Labor)
• DOC (Department of Commerce)
• EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and OCRC (Ohio Civil Rights Commission)
• OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
• NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) and SERB (State Employment Relations Board)
• OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs)
• Other State and Federal agencies

Human Resources Issues

We serve as outside general counsel or as “human resources help desk” for our clients, including:

• Counseling of employers on day-to-day HR and employee management issues

• Advising employers on the employment relationship including hiring, discipline, termination, harassment, discrimination, employment contracts, separation agreements, non-compete agreements and trade secrets, leaves of absence (FMLA and otherwise), disability reasonable accommodations, wage-and-hour compliance, workplace policies and procedures, and other employment law matters

Experience in Traditional Labor Issues

We have considerable experience in traditional labor matters as well, including:

• Union avoidance
• Elections
• Collective bargaining
• Contract and grievance administration
• Labor arbitrations
• Strike maintenance
• Hearings before the NLRB
• Counseling

Experience in Affirmative Action and Federal Contractor Compliance

We have a national practice guiding government contractors and other covered organizations through the complex laws and regulations specific to their affirmative action obligations, including Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment & Assistance Act (VEVRAA).

Our services include:

• Preparing comprehensive and customized Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs)
• Preparing for and managing OFCCP on-site audits
• Developing desk-audit submissions
• Responding to OFCCP information requests
• Assisting with applicant tracking and recordkeeping
• Preparing and submitting EEO-1 and VETS-4212 reports
• Conducting detailed adverse impact and compensation analyses
• Providing training on record-keeping, affirmative action, adverse impact, compensation analysis, and AAP implementation
• Evaluating existing programs and making recommendations for improvement

Our Affirmative Action focus, however, is not solely on OFCCP compliance. Our substantial employment law experience allows us to focus on the whole client and its systemic employment practices, so that we can identify and remedy potential discrimination, compensation, and other legal issues.


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Related Practice Areas

  • Affirmative Action Planning
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Employment Law Counseling
  • ERISA Counseling & Litigation
  • Executive/Employment Contracts
  • Labor – Management Relations
  • Litigation
  • OFCCP Compliance
  • OSHA
  • Wage & Hour Compliance