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Category: Employment & Labor

Reasons Why Labor Law is Necessary for Businesses and Employees

By Andrew Randol

Labor and employment is one of the most heavily regulated sectors of the U.S. economy. Labor and employment law collectively refer to the thousands of federal and state laws and regulations governing everything from minimum wages, overtime, collective bargaining, workplace safety, and anti-discrimination laws. Anti-discrimination law itself encompasses numerous categories and classes of persons including […]

What the Heck is an Independent Contractor? Part I: It Depends on Who’s Asking

By Andrew D. Randol

The term independent contractor gets thrown around a lot, often without a lot of thought behind the term. It is often misused, misunderstood, and can mean something completely different depending on the context in which it is used. In this multi-part Latest Thinking post, our Columbus employment lawyer will attempt to clarify exactly what an […]

The Importance of an Employee Handbook

By Andrew Randol

Professional industries often loathe developing and enforcing rules for employees, particularly in the technology industry. In order to continually attract young, highly qualified millennials, many companies want to project a cool and laid-back image. Millennial pleasing perks, such as working remotely and wearing flip-flops to work, are often flaunted to attract new and young talent. […]

Using Arbitration Clauses to Prevent Collective and Class Actions

By Andrew Randol

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified that arbitration agreements which require individualized arbitration are valid.[1] In many respects, arbitration is not as quick, cheap, and beneficial as some of its proponents claim. However, in the employer-employee context, arbitration agreements requiring individualized arbitration can potentially save employers thousands in legal expenses and ward off aggressive plaintiff […]

I Received an EEOC Charge of Discrimination, Now What!?

By Andrew Randol

You receive a “Notice of Charge of Discrimination” in the mail from the EEOC alleging that your company discriminated against one of your current or former employees. Virtually every company has been there; if yours hasn’t, stay tuned. In any given year, 80,000 to 90,000 EEOC complaints are filed. So, what are they? What does […]

When Can I Fire My Employee?

By Andrew Randol

At anytime I want, they’re my employee, right? Not so fast. Terminating an employee for a retaliatory or discriminatory reason can land your company in deep water with the EEOC or result in a lawsuit. Thus, termination should always involve a multi-step risk mitigation process.

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