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Professional Experience

Patti focuses her practice on representing public employers and private employers in a variety of industries on all aspects of the employment relationship. She devotes a substantial portion of her practice to issues arising on a daily basis from the employment relationship. Her work frequently involves regular and ongoing consultations concerning compliance with new and existing, as well as, emerging employment laws. Patti also conducts independent investigations for public and private entities involving an extensive range of issues including allegations of sexual and other harassment and other misconduct involving employees, students and public officials.

Patti has significant experience assisting employers in understanding and complying with their obligations under state and federal employment discrimination laws, FLSA, ADA, FMLA, affirmative action, equal opportunity, unemployment, workers' compensation, non-compete agreements and other laws regulating the employment relationship in an effort to minimize potential employment-related litigation. She also regularly reviews and writes personnel policies, employee handbooks and affirmative action plans. Patti also reviews and writes employment, confidentiality and non-compete agreements.

Patti handles a wide array of business and employment-related litigation matters in state and federal court. She also routinely represents clients in agency proceedings before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, and other state and federal administrative agencies. Patti also represents employees and employers in cases involving the enforcement and defense of confidentiality and non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants.
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Patti has significant experience assisting employers in understanding and complying with their obligations under state and federal employment discrimination laws, FLSA, ADA, FMLA, affirmative action, equal opportunity, unemployment, workers' compensation, non-compete agreements and other laws regulating the employment relationship in an effort to minimize potential employment-related litigation.


  • December 29, 2015 - Patti spoke on the topic of misclassification of independent contractors and employees on America's Work Force Radio.
  • May 28, 2015 - "The Injury, the Leave, the Pay: Navigating Employee and Employer Rights and Responsibilities under Workers' Compensation, FMLA, ADA, Collective Bargaining Agreements and Other Federal, State and Local Laws," Educational Service Center (ESC) of Cuyahoga County, Independence, OH
  • April 27, 2012 - "FMLA and ADAAA Update," Marriott Cleveland East.
  • September 30, 2010 - "2010 Walter | Haverfield LLP Labor and Employment Law Seminar," "FLSA - Wage/Hour Practical Compliance Guide," Outline, Presentation, Holiday Inn in Independence.
  • April 7, 2010 - "Developing Issues in Wage-Hour Law: Preparing Employers for the Increased Governmental Enforcement Initiatives," ADP Seminar.
  • March 5, 2010 - "Municipal Employment Law Overview," Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association's 2010 Spring Municipal Civil Seminar.
  • February 11, 2010 - "Municipal Employment Law Update," 2010 Annual Presidents Day Municipal Law Seminar, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
  • December 4, 2009 - Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association 2009 Winter Municipal Civil Law Seminar Municipal Employment Law Overview.
  • August 20, 2009 - Presentation to Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network ("MAGNET") HR Peer Group on the topic, "Employment 'At-Will' and Wage Hour Update."
  • September 23, 2008 - Employment & Labor Seminar on "Managing Employee Leaves of Absence," Marriott Cleveland East.

  • June 17, 2008 - Employment & Labor Seminar on "Responding to Frequently Asked Questions in Employment Law," Marriott, Cleveland East.

  • December 11, 2007 - "Employment Laws Made Simple; Ensure compliance with employment law procedures and practices!," National Business Institute Seminar.

  • December 6, 2006 - EEOC Seminar for the latest developments in EEO law and best practices speaking on Employee Rights / Employer Wrongs: Decision to Terminate, Termination, and Afterwords.

  • October 18, 2006 - Cuyahoga Plus and Akron Chapters of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Managment (PAHCOM) speaking on Hot Topics in Employment Law.

Professional & Community Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Volunteer - Fairmount Temple Social Action Committee


Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1985
University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A., 1981

Licensed to Practice

  • Ohio
  • Federal district and appellate courts
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

Articles by Patricia F. Weisberg

August 2016 - "Department of Labor Announces Penalty Increases"

July 2016 - "EEOC More than Doubles Penalty for Notice Violations"

June 2016 - "After Ohio legalizes medical marijuana, do employers still have final say on use in the workplace?," Crain's Cleveland Business (Legal Guest Blog)

June 2016 - "Ohio Lawmakers Legalize Medical Marijuana; Effect on Employers Minimized by Protections in the Legislation"

June 2016 - "Are your company's bathroom policies compliant?," Crain's Cleveland Business

May 2016 - "Overtime Rule for White Collar Exemptions Is Finally Here"


May 2016 - "EEOC Issues "Fact Sheet" on Bathroom Access for Transgender Employees"


March 2016 - "Overtime Rule for White Collar Exemptions Coming Sooner than Expected"


March 2016 - "U.S. Department of Labor issues guidance on joint employers," Crain's Cleveland Business (Legal Guest Blog)

February 2016 - "Update on the FLSA Exemption Regulations"

February 2016 - "Department of Labor overtime rule is expected to cost businesses a bundle," Crain's Cleveland Business

February 2016 - "U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Joint Employers - New interpretations could mean more employers found liable for FLSA violations"

January 2016 - ""Ban the Box" for Public Employers in Ohio"

December 2015 - "Changes to Exemptions from Overtime Rules Expected in July 2016"

December 2015 - "Ohio's Minimum Wage Will Stay the Same for 2016"

November 2015 - "Government cracks down on misclassification of independent contractors," Crain's Cleveland Business

July 2015 - "DOL Updates FMLA Model Forms," Fine Print, a Quarterly Publication of The Ohio State Bar Association and Our Members (Issue 64 - Summer 2015)

July 2015 - "Employers have time to voice concerns regarding U.S. Department of Labor's proposed overtime rules," Crain's Cleveland Business (Legal Guest Blog)

July 2015 - "U.S. Department of Labor's Proposed Overtime Rules Are Finally Here"


May 2015 - "Recent Supreme Court decision leaves employers wondering about obligations to accommodate pregnant workers," Crain's Cleveland Business (Legal Guest Blog)

April 2015 - "Be aware of special legal restrictions when hiring teens this summer," Crain's Cleveland Business (Legal Guest Blog)

April 2015 - "The Supreme Court Issues Guidance on Employers' Obligation to Accommodate Pregnant Workers"

April 2015 - "Extended FMLA Leave Rights Put On Hold in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Nebraska"

March 2015 - "Family and Medical Leave Act rights have been expanded to same-sex couples," Crain's Cleveland Business (Legal Guest Blog)


December 2014 - "Supreme Court Decision Clarifies What After-Hours Job Tasks Qualify for Compensation Under FLSA"

December 2014 - "Beware of pouring another cup of cheer at holiday office parties," Crain's Cleveland Business (Legal Guest Blog)

November 2014 - "Managing Pregnancy-Related Workplace Issues," Crain's Cleveland Business ("Legal Guidebook" section)

November 2014 - "EEOC Issues Pregnancy Discrimination Enforcement Guidance for Employers," Fine Print, a Quarterly Publication of The Ohio State Bar Association and Our Members

November 2014 - "Ohio's Minimum Wage Will Increase January 1, 2015"

July 2014 - "Supreme Court to Consider Two Issues Important to Employers: Pregnancy Discrimination and EEOC Conciliation Prior To Suing"

January 2014 - "Light Duty Policy for Work-Related Conditions Only - Pregnancy Discrimination?"

December 2013 - "Company Party, Company Rules," The New York Times

November 2013 - "After 20 Years, FMLA Still Creates Confusion and Frustration for Employers," HR Cleveland

November 2013 - "Ohio's Minimum Wage Will Increase January 1, 2014"

August 2013 - "Ohio makes two big changes in its unemployment rules," Crain's Cleveland Business (Legal Guest Blog)

July 2013 - "Two Big Changes in Ohio's Unemployment Rules"

April 2013 - "New I-9 Form - Effective May 7, 2013"

March 2013 - "FMLA: New Rule, New Poster, New Forms"

January 2, 2013 - "EEOC issues new workplace guidelines to protect victims of domestic violence and stalking," Crain's Cleveland Business (Legal Guest Blog)

December 11, 2012 - "How your company can avoid a holiday party fiasco,"

November 28, 2012 - "Hey, Your Company Gathering is on Facebook! How to Avoid a Holiday Party Gone Wrong,"

November 28, 2012 – "Rudolph the Red Nosed... employee?," Crain's Cleveland Business (Legal Guest Blog)

November 2012 - "Ohio's Minimum Wage Will Increase January 1, 2013"

July 2012 - "Criminal background checks valuable but can create employer liability," Crain's Cleveland Business (Legal Guest Blog)

June 2012 - "Revised EEOC Job-Related Guidance Tightens Restrictions on Employers' Reliance on Criminal Records During Hiring Process"

May 2012 – "Pay interns or pay legal fees: Unpaid internships may no longer be practical," Crain's Cleveland Business (Legal Guest Blog)

May 2012 -, "Unpaid Internships Revisited: Could Your Program Land You in Court?"

May 2012 - Fine Print, a Quarterly Publication of The Ohio State Bar Association and Our Members, "You Should Know..."

April 2012 - "Understand special restrictions and considerations when hiring teens this summer," Crain's Cleveland Business (Legal Guest Blog)

March 2012 - "Update on the NLRB's Notice Posting Rule"

February 2012 - "DOL Extends FMLA Model Forms Through February 28, 2015"

February 2012 - "DOL Proposes a New Rule Expanding Leave Under the FMLA for Family Members of Those Serving in the Military"

January 2012 - "NLRB Delays Notice Posting Requirements"

December 2011 - "Ohio's Minimum Wage Will Increase January 1, 2012"

October 2011 - "Effective Date for Posting NLRB Notice Extended Until January 31, 2012"

June 2011 -, "Tips and Fluctuating Workweek Scrutinized in DOL's Final FLSA Ruling"

February, 2011 -, "Why Background Checks Are a Necessary Evil"

November 2010 -, "What Every Employer Needs to Know to Avoid an 'Office Party Gone Wrong'"

October 2010 - "Ohio's Minimum Wage Will Increase January 1, 2010"

September 2010 - TLNT, "Internship Crackdown: What You Must Do to Comply with the Law"

June 2010 - TLNT, "New Initiatives Mean More Employee Complaints, More Employer Burdens"

June 2010 - "Child Labor Revised Regulations Effective July 2010"

May 2010 - "Unpaid Internships: Are They Legal?"

April 2010 - "Wellness Programs: Legal Requirements and Risks"

March 2010 - "COBRA Subsidy: Clarification of the March 2010 Extension"

March 2010 - "COBRA Subsidy Extended Through March 31, 2010"

December 2009 - "COBRA Subsidy Extended Through February 28, 2010"

December 2009 - Crain's Cleveland Business, "The Interview" (re: employers' potential liability at holiday parties)

November 2009 - More Changes in the FMLA

Spring 2009 - Your Teen magazine. "Consequences for Parents as Social Hosts"

April 2009– United States Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Clause In Collective Bargaining Agreements For Age Discrimination Claims

March 2009 – Article Update - COBRA Subsidy

February 2009 – New COBRA Continuation Subsidy

January 2009 – Your Teen magazine. "Teen Employment: Laws and Regulations That Parents Should Know"

January 6, 2009 – Workplace HR & Safety magazine. "Navigating the Legal Minefield of Employee Wellness Programs"

January 2009 – Revised FMLA Regulations Require New Practices

Fall 2008 – Restrictions in Ohio for Teen Drivers

July 2008 – Seven Sick Days are Coming - Ohio's Healthy Families Act

June 2008 – Keep Your Employees - And Your Business - Healthy

June 2008 – Law Will Ban Employers From Making Employment Decisions Based Upon Genetic Information.

April 2008 – The Ohio Supreme Court gives employers back the right to discharge an employee on a leave of absence due to a work-related injury.

Winter 2008 – FMLA: Expanded for Military Families.


Fall 2007 – New I-9 Form Used to Verify an Employee's Authorization to Work in the United States is Finally Released.

May 2007 – New Challenge to Required use of Paid Leave During FMLA

April 2007 – Contemporary Long-Term Care Magazine

Hitting the Brakes on workers’ Comp Costs” provides advice to long-term care facilities on how to control and manage workers' compensation costs.

December 2006 – "Sobering Advice" Inside Business

November 2006 – NLRB Clarifies Definition of Superlient Briefing on Employment Law: visor Under the National Labor Relations Act.

August 2006 –

Recent articles on Employment Law:


  • What employers need to understand about obilgations under the FMLA
  • Company picnics - alcohol or no alcohol
  • Federal contractors - OFCCP rule defines "Internet Job Applicant"
  • Recent New Jersey court decision emphasizes need for employers to enforce internet and e-mail policies

March 2006 – Ohio's New Concealed Weapons Law

August 2005 – New Ohio Supreme Court Case Creates Unlimited Workers' Compensation Leave

June 2003 – How to Comply with Privacy Rule of HIPAA

Fall 2001 –

Perspective on Employment Law:


  • Important developments in worker's compensations
  • The brave, if tricky, new world of employee management committees
  • Keep on keeping track of employees' FMLA leave
  • Temporary employees: the truth behind the myth

August 2000 – Keep Good Track of Your Employee's FMLA Leave

Summer 1999 –

Perspective On Employment Law:


  • Are you sure you're prepared to handle sexual harassment claims?
  • New ruling makes supervisors personally liable for discrimination
  • Corporate e-mail — Who's in Control?
  • Is "Lunch" in Ohio more than a "Minor" issue?

Summer 1998 –

Perspective On Employment Law: Focus on Sexual Harassment


  • Workplace romances — what should an employer do?
  • Corporate officers personally liable for other's sexual harassment

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