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Chagrin Falls and Cleveland Labor and Employment Lawyers Representing Employers

Helping Ohio employers keep their businesses moving in the right direction

Labor relations and employment law covers a broad spectrum of legal issues. Employers must comply with a wide range of state and federal laws that control the criteria for hiring and firing employees, how employers can bargain with employees and unions, wage and hourly pay issues, how employees must be treated while they are employed, and how disputes are handled.

At Gertsburg Law our Chagrin Falls employment law attorneys provide best practices training, including performance management and supervisory training, and presentations to employers on legislative updates. We assist clients in managing difficult employment situations and act in accordance with the countless employment laws. Gertsburg Law has represented employers whose workers were raided by the competition, and who are facing tough choices when it comes to Reductions in Force (“RIFs”) and lay-offs. We bring the necessary depth of legal experience to understand both employer and employee viewpoints of labor relations.

Our lawyers litigate in state and federal courts, before arbitration panels, and in administrative proceedings in Ohio and federal agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Government compliance

Today’s employer must continually keep current with many employer laws and updates to those laws. Some of the laws on which our Cleveland labor law attorneys counsel employers include:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Law of 1964. This law prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law prohibits discrimination based on a person’s disability. It is often used in conjunction with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). The law prohibits employment discrimination against anyone who is 40 years of age or older.
  • The Family and Medical Leave of 1993 (FMLA). This federal law requires that employers covered under the Act provide unpaid and job-secure leave for certain personal reasons such as birth, adoption, foster care, family illness, and family military leave.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). This law regulates safety in the workplace – both in the private sector and in the federal government.

The listed discrimination laws and other state and federal discrimination laws protect workers in hiring, firing, promotions, and benefits. There are many other laws that control employment issues such as Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) which requires that qualified large companies warn workers by giving 60 days’ advance notice of mass firings and plant closings.

At Gertsburg Law, we understand what employers face; most of us have run our own companies or worked as in-house counsel for them at some point, and have faced the same challenges you have. Our talented team of attorneys can help you protect your company while you remain in compliance, and help you foster an environment of good will to keep your own talent happy and healthy.

Practical employment guidance

Our Chagrin Falls employment attorneys work proactively to guide employers through the complicated laws that govern employer conduct. We help employers:

  • Develop employment policies, guidelines, and handbooks
  • Avoid costly mistakes in the employment process
  • Mitigate risk with reductions in force
  • Give advice on affirmation action programs
  • Help when there are allegations of sexual misconduct

As with most legal matters, the best defense is identifying the legal problems before they occur and having procedures in place to avoid those problems.

Employment litigation

When the employment relationship is terminated, we work to enforce all the terms of the contract including confidentiality agreements and non-compete clauses. When push comes to shove, we have the experience and the resources to handle complex employment litigation at the state or federal level, and to help you protect your assets, your products and your reputation. From contract breaches to intellectual property to raids by competitors, we know what it takes to build a successful case.

Our Cleveland employment lawyers also handle wrongful termination lawsuits, including those alleging:

  • Discrimination against a protected class
  • Retaliation for asserting a legal right, such as taking qualified unpaid medical leave, filing a workers’ compensation claim, or filing a whistleblower claim
  • Firing in violation of the terms of a written employment contract
  • Refusing to commit an illegal act

Executive compensation and severance

Our lawyers understand how important it is for top companies to hire the best executives. We help businesses craft executive compensation that maximizes performance, minimizes taxes, and persuades great executives to join your company management team. Our review includes cash compensation, stock and call options, retirement plans, pension plans, equity interests, performance incentives, severance packages, deferred compensation, and other forms of compensation.

We also understand that companies owe a duty to those executives. We represent executives in negotiations, arbitration and in jury trials when their contracts have been breached, and when the companies they devote their lives to fail to hold up to their end of the bargain.

Speak with a Cleveland labor and employment attorney today

At Gertsburg Law, we have seen every type of employment dispute imaginable. Our employment attorneys will answer your questions directly and honestly, always with the goal of advancing your rights both inside and outside the courtroom. Call our Chagrin Falls and Cleveland employment lawyers at 440-683-6383 or fill out our contact form for a professional review of applicable employment laws and to discuss all employment claims.

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Whether your company is based in Cleveland, has a branch in Chagrin Falls, serves the country from somewhere else in Ohio, or is located outside of Ohio, the business attorneys at Gertsburg Law are ready to help you navigate the complexities of business transactions and the costs and worries of business litigation. Our partners and associates have the practical, financial, and legal acumen to help all companies succeed and to address any kind of business litigation issues. To speak with one of our Cleveland or Chagrin Falls business lawyers now, please call our firm at 440-683-6383 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment with our team today.

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