‘At-Will’ Rights or Wrongful Termination: How to Tell the Difference

Ohio is an “at-will” employment state. This means that under Ohio law, the employee and employer are both allowed to put an end to employment at any time without a reason and without warning.  This is a point of confusion for many of our clients. We are often asked how it is possible for any employee to make a claim of wrongful termination when Ohio law states that they can be fired for any reason. Technically, Read More

Five Signs of a Hostile Work Environment

Lots of people dread going to work. For some, they’d simply rather be home or on vacation, but others have darker reasons for their dread. A hostile work environment can be toxic for employees and can cause serious misery that makes them feel trapped and frustrated. If you are dealing with a hostile work environment, you may be able to take legal action, but how do you tell the difference between a hostile workplace Read More

Quid Pro Quo Harassment Explained

There are two types of workplace sexual harassment that have been recognized in court: a hostile workplace environment and quid pro quo harassment. Though not quite as common as the creation of a hostile work environment, quid pro quo harassment is no less disturbing and traumatizing for an employee. That isn’t to say that quid pro quo sexual harassment doesn’t create a hostile work environment, but they are the two Read More

Employment Basics: The WARN Act

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act was enacted in 1988 and came into effect in early 1989. This law protects workers by requiring that employers who have 100 plus employees to give their employees at least 60-day notice if they are going to close a plant or lay off mass numbers of employees (defined as more than fifty or more than five hundred employees in any 30-day period, depending on the Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Employees and Independent Contractors

If you are someone who pays other people to do work for you or your business, you need to understand the difference between employees and independent contractors. We are always surprised by how many people are unclear on the differences, so we decided to shed some light on the situation with this blog post! Essentially, an employee works for your company on a regular basis and neither of you expects this working Read More

Prevailing Wage Simplified

You’ve probably heard of minimum wage, but have you heard of the related employment law concept of prevailing wage? Prevailing wage is the rate that employees of contractors and vendors must be paid when working with a government agency.  Prevailing Wage in Ohio In Ohio, prevailing wage laws apply to any public improvements that are being even partly paid for by public funds anytime the cost estimate of the Read More

Why Should I Pay Attention to the Notices Provision in My Contract?

If you are a business owner engaging in a partnership, joint venture, or other entrepreneurial arrangement involving multiple parties, the importance of a solid and fair business contract cannot be overstated. In this age of constant electronic communication, one section of your contract might seem redundant or silly to flesh out: the notices section. While conventional wisdom might have you gloss over or Read More

5 Elements That Should Be in Every Employee Manual

Hiring employees is an exciting step in launching a small business. Whether your business is new or established, though, making sure your employee manual does everything it needs to do is essential. What is the purpose of an employee manual?  An employee manual has two major functions, and both are equally important. The first function of a great employee manual is to inform the employee of the company’s Read More

Understanding Restrictive Covenant Agreements

When you start a new job, you may be asked to sign a restrictive covenant agreement as a part of your contract. Before you sign, it’s important to understand what you are agreeing to do (or not do)! What are restrictive covenant agreements? The restrictive covenant agreements that you can expect to see in a business contract can generally be broken into three categories: Non-disclosure agreements: This Read More

At-Will Employment Explained

Any successful business owner knows that having a great team of great employees behind them is critical for moving the company forward. Sometimes, however, if they don't feel an employee is performing well, they have to let them go. While this is reasonable, some employers can terminate employment contracts unfairly, leaving the employee in distress and a tough financial situation. Understanding Ohio employment law Read More