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Arbitration Agreements, Class Action Lawsuits, and the Supreme Court’s Ruling

The Supreme Court of the United States recently issued a major decision in the case Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that upholds the rights of employers to require its employees to pursue individual arbitration for resolving employment disputes.

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“Ask the Attorney” – Rescinding an Offer Based Upon a Recent Conviction for Violent Crime

Q:       We received a background check on a candidate that showed a recent conviction for violent crime.  Do we have to tell him that the background check report is why we are rescinding his offer of employment?

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Gender Transition in the Workplace: Navigating the Restroom Situation

Over the last few years, the most frequent question we’ve been asked relating to transgender issues in the workplace relates to which bathroom, or which locker room, should a transgender employee use. We propose that the bigger question should be

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Inadvertently Destroying Evidence: A Risk to Avoid

Spoliation of evidence is the willful destruction of key evidence, in the face of current or potential litigation. In Ohio, a party damaged by spoliation has two avenues for relief: 1) seek sanctions in the pending lawsuit, or 2) file a separate

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The New Trend in Civil Case Settlements: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Over the last eight years, the total number of new civil cases filed in the State of Ohio has declined. The percentage of civil cases actually proceeding to trial have steadily decreased over that time period as well.

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Ask the Attorney – We’re faced with a lawsuit, now what?

Q:      I just received notification that I am going to be sued. What should I do now to prepare myself and my business for the litigation ahead?

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General Counsel of NLRB offers Employers Relief on Handbook Rules and Policies

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Continuing an effort to reverse or modify many of the employee and union-friendly policies promulgated by his predecessor, the NLRB’s General Counsel, Peter Robb, announced new guidance on handbook rules and policies following the NLRB’s

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Estate Planning - Not Just for High Net Worth Individuals

It’s a common misconception that estate planning applies only to those with a high net worth and a lot of valuable assets. The truth is, estate plans are beneficial for everyone and can be customized to satisfy the needs, interests, and goals of any

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Estate Planning Updates - How Often Should You Review Your Plan?

If I have an estate plan, how often do I need to review it to ensure it’s up to date? How will I know if it is reflecting current laws and regulations and that the plan remains in my best interest?

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Ask the Attorney: Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Q: Since medical marijuana is now legal in Ohio, as an employer, can I enforce our drug-free workplace policy against employees who are impaired at work even though they are lawfully using it?

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