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Akron’s Bowery Project Deal Led by Walter | Haverfield Attorneys

  A team of more than a dozen Walter | Haverfield attorneys have made a vision for downtown Akron a reality. Acting as lead counsel, the team closed on the $42 million Bowery Project beginning on Nov. 15th, 2018. Construction started…

The Value of Design Patents

Design patents may provide an avenue to protect important and valuable intellectual property rights. Many products derive significant value from their visual appearance such as product design or ornamental features that can be protected…

Business Owners: Be Aware of Filing Deadlines for the Qualified Business Income Deduction

  There has been a great deal of ‘buzz’ lately over the Qualified Business Income Deduction (QBID). The QBID was recently made available to pass through business owners under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that the President signed…

High Court Cases Could Mean Big Changes for Cities, Townships, Villages

  The United States Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in two cases that may significantly impact local government. One case pits First Amendment free speech rights against the right of a local legislative body to control…

Second and Sixth Federal Circuits Expand LGBTQ Workplace Rights

  While there is no federal law expressly prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in employment, two federal appellate courts have recently expanded the rights of gay and transgender employees. The…

State Bill Seeks to Strengthen School Safety by Defining Role of School Resource Officers

  In the wake of national and local school shootings, the Ohio legislature has before it a bill to define and strengthen the use of school resource officers. Introduced in August 2017 by Representatives John Patterson and Sarah…
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Walter | Haverfield attorney applies new leadership skills to her love of non-profits

  Alexis Kim, an associate in the Tax and Wealth Management group at Walter | Haverfield, is one of 27 graduates of the OnBoard Cleveland class of 2018. OnBoard Cleveland, a program of the Cleveland Leadership Center, helps early-career…
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Mitigating risk in M and A transactions

  Walter | Haverfield partner Jacob Derenthal offered strategies for buyers and sellers to mitigate risk in mergers and acquisitions (M and A) transactions in the January 22, 2018 issue of Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Sexual Harassment in the News: Employers Take Note

  Following the seemingly endless accusations of sexual harassment in Hollywood, on Capitol Hill, and in corporate America, employers may wonder what they can do to get ahead of the next potential headline in 2018. While it…

Open to the public: The Trump administration's impact on labor and employment law

  Don't miss a fast-paced, one-hour seminar given by Walter | Haverfield's George Asimou titled "A year later...How the Trump administration has changed the LandE landscape." Asimou, an attorney in our Labor and Employment…

Ohio’s Recycling Revolution: Senate Bill 2 Aims to Prevent Illegal Dumping and Eradicate the Industry’s Sham Recycling

  In an article published in the October 2017 issue of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, Leslie Wolfe discussed a new Ohio law which is meant to encourage legitimate construction and demolition debris (C and DD) recycling…

Gender Identity's Identity Crisis Under Title VII

  In an about-face move, the Department of Justice issued a memo this month indicating that its interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not protect individuals on the basis of gender identity. Title VII is a…

Developing New Ohio CandDD Recycling and Anti-Dumping Laws - Amended S.B. 2 extends authority of Ohio EPA director to safeguard public health

Northeast Ohio’s vibrant commercial real estate industry has not only triggered a construction boom, but has resulted in greater volumes of construction and demolition debris (CandDD) that must either be recycled or landfilled. While most…

DOL Revisits Overtime Rule — Employers should expect some increase in salary floor

Employers across the nation may have thought they were done with changes to the overtime rule. Not so. Way back last November, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction barring the Obama Administration's…

PTO Practices

In an article titled, "PTO Practices," which appeared in the 2017 Summer Print issue of HR Cleveland (The Newsletter of the Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management), George J. Asimou asserted that employers need to continually review…
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McWeeney to present at GCP Internship Central Webinar

On June 20, 2017, James M. McWeeney II will be the presenter at the Greater Cleveland Partnership's Internship Central Webinar. In this webinar, Mr. McWeeney will address the topic, "Legal Aspects of Internships."

Intense competition for state-issued medical marijuana licenses necessitates advance preparation

In a "Legal Guest Blog," published in Crain's Cleveland Business on April 26, 2017 and titled, "Intense competition for state-issued medical marijuana licenses necessitates advance preparation," Kevin P. Murphy asserted that applicants for medical…

Wolfe co-chairs statewide environmental seminar for the Ohio State Bar Association

On March 30-31, 2017, Leslie G. Wolfe co-chaired the 32nd Annual Ohio Environment, Energy and Resources Law Seminar sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Association. The event was held at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio…

New Tools and Potential Risks in Environmental Due Diligence

In an article published in the February 2017 issue of Properties magazine and titled, "New Tools and Potential Risks in Environmental Due Diligence," Leslie G. Wolfe and David Ricco encouraged parties to real estate transactions to remain up-to-date…

Material Adverse Effect - How It 'Affects' M and A Transactions

In an article published in the January 2017 issue of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal and titled, "Material Adverse Effect - How It 'Affects' M and A Transactions," T. Ted Motheral provided an overview of "Material Adverse Effect" (MAE)…

EMPLOYERS MUST USE NEW FORM I-9 STARTING JANUARY 22, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services introduced a new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new form can be accessed HERE. Starting January 22, 2017, employers must use…

EPA Proposes Ban on Certain Uses of TCE - Expanded authority allows regulation of chemicals already in commerce

In its first significant action under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act of 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposal to ban the manufacture, import, processing, distribution and…

2017 ACUHO-I State of the Profession Institute

On February 1, 2017, Eric J. Johnson will serve as a panelist at the 2017 ACUHO-I State of the Profession Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. The panel will discuss the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as it applies to higher education and, in particular,…

Firearms Require Special Considerations in Estate Planning

As seen in the November 7-13, 2016 issue of Crain's Cleveland Business. Of all the unique assets that may be covered in the estate planning process, firearms perhaps present the most unique set of challenges and considerations. Owners of…

NEW FEDERAL OVERTIME RULES BLOCKED; WILL NOT TAKE EFFECT DEC. 1

Yesterday evening, the Honorable Amos L. Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction barring the Obama Administration's implementation of new regulations regarding overtime eligibility…

OHIO’S MINIMUM WAGE WILL INCREASE IN 2017

Ever since Ohio's Constitution was amended in 2006, Ohio's minimum wage correlates with the rate of inflation for the twelve months prior to September. The Ohio Department of Commerce has calculated the rate of inflation and determined that…

Department of Labor Announces Penalty Increases

Department of Labor Penalties Increasing with Inflation AdjustmentsThe Department of Labor (DOL) announced interim final rules on June 30, 2016, to adjust its civil penalties for inflation. Increased penalties became effective on August 1, 2016,…

New Legislation Provides Better Protection of Trade Secrets

In May the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) took effect, expanding federal protection of trade secrets that are stolen or exposed by improper means. Trade secrets are defined as valuable, confidential information that provides a competitive advantage…

When Free Speech Collides with Policies

"When Free Speech Collides with Policies," also appeared in the September/October 2016 issue of Cities and Villages magazine. Is a government employer permitted to discipline an employee for behavior it believes an employee has engaged in? What…

EEOC More than Doubles Penalty for Notice Violations

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) raised the penalty for employers who fail to properly post required workplace notices under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act…

After Ohio legalizes medical marijuana, do employers still have final say on use in the workplace?

In a Crain's "Legal Guest Blog," posted on June 27, 2016 and titled, "After Ohio legalizes medical marijuana, do employers still have final say on use in the workplace?," Patricia F. Weisberg discussed House Bill 523, which legalizes marijuana…

Ohio Lawmakers Legalize Medical Marijuana; Effect on Employers Minimized by Protections in the Legislation

House Bill 523 legalizes medical marijuana in Ohio, but the substantial policy change has minor implications for Ohio employers, for now.The legislation, signed by Governor Kasich on June 8, authorizes a licensed physician to recommend medical…

Are your company's bathroom policies compliant?

In an article published online by Crain's Cleveland Business, Patricia F. Weisberg discussed recent events concerning bathroom access rights for transgender employees. In this piece, titled, "Are your company's bathroom policies compliant?,"…

Overtime Rule for White Collar Exemptions Is Finally Here

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (DOL) published the highly anticipated final rule revising the overtime regulations today. The rule revises the regulations defining which white collar workers are eligible to receive overtime…

Ohio EPA "Digs Up Ideas" for the Beneficial Reuse of Lake Erie Dredged Sediment

On May 11, 2016, nearly two hundred public employees and members of the business community gathered at Lorain County Community College to help the Ohio EPA explore ways to repurpose material dredged from Lake Erie's harbors. The "Dredged Material:…

DOL PUBLISHES EMPLOYER GUIDE TO THE FMLA AND A NEW FMLA POSTER

On April 26, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued a guide to assist employers required to comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This guide is similar to the guide issued several years ago for employees. The…

EEOC Issues "Fact Sheet" on Bathroom Access for Transgender Employees

On May 2, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a new "Fact Sheet" on bathroom access rights for transgender employees. The agency warned employers that discrimination based on an employee's transgender status is sex…

Latest EEOC action likely to increase retaliation lawsuits against employers

In a Crain's "Legal Guest Blog," posted on April 5, 2016 and titled, "Latest EEOC action likely to increase retaliation lawsuits against employers," Lisa H. Woloszynek indicated that recent proposed guidance from the EEOC essentially redefines…

UPDATE ON THE REVISED I-9 FORM

On March 28, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a 30-day notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment on proposed changes to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The public may comment on…

Overtime Rule for White Collar Exemptions Coming Sooner than Expected

On March 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division sent its proposed final rule revising the overtime regulations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This review typically takes between 30 and 90 days. Once the…

BEWARE - PAYROLL AND HUMAN RESOURCE PROFESSIONALS - PHISHING SCAM

Earlier this month, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals to be aware of a phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees.…

U.S. Department of Labor issues guidance on joint employers

In a Crain's "Legal Guest Blog," issued on March 2, 2016 and titled, "U.S. Department of Labor issues guidance on joint employers," Patricia F. Weisberg advised employers to take note of the recent guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Labor's…

EEOC Redefines Retaliation: A Caution to Employers

For the first time since 1998, the EEOC released proposed guidance regarding workplace retaliation that would supersede the EEOC Compliance Manual, Volume II, Section 8: Retaliation. The guidance is intended to educate the public on how the…

Update on the FLSA Exemption Regulations

It has been reported that on February 17, 2016, U.S. Solicitor of Labor, Patricia Smith, announced at an American Bar Association conference that the white-collar exemption regulations will be published in July 2016, with an effective date 60…

EEO-1 Wage Reporting: The EEOC's Next Employer Burden

On February 1, 2016, as employers wrapped up employee W-2s for the year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published proposed additions to EEO-1 data reporting for employers. In a joint effort with the Department of Labor…

Legal Aspects of Internships: Legal issues Employers Should Know

At the Cleveland Internship Summit on February 10, 2016, co-hosted by the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Cleveland State University, James M. McWeeney II appeared as one of the program's featured speakers. James spoke on the topic, "Legal…

New Department of Labor overtime rule is expected to cost businesses a bundle

In an online article posted on February 3, 2016 by Crain's Cleveland Business and titled, "New Department of Labor overtime rule is expected to cost businesses a bundle," Patricia F. Weisberg warned employers to stay abreast of all Department…

New DOL Overtime Rule Expected to Cost Businesses a Bundle - Employers more likely now to face criminal charges and jail time

The overtime rule is one of the more highly anticipated and contentious regulations to come out from the United States Department of Labor (DOL) in some time, and it is now expected to be released by July of this year. Once released, employers…

Changes to Exemptions from Overtime Rules Expected in July 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) new overtime rule for white collar exemptions is now expected to be published around July 2016, according to the DOL's Fall 2015 Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda. On June 30, 2015, the DOL issued its proposed…

Ohio's Minimum Wage Will Stay the Same for 2016

Ever since the Ohio constitution was amended in 2006, Ohio's minimum wage correlates with the rate of inflation for the twelve months prior to September. The Ohio Department of Commerce has calculated the rate of inflation and determined that…

Government cracks down on misclassification of independent contractors

In an article in a special "Legal Guidebook" section in the November 16, 2015 issue of Crain's Cleveland Business, titled, "Government cracks down on misclassification of independent contractors," Patricia F. Weisberg urged employers to be proactive…

State of the union: What to expect from the NLRB and how to respond

In a Crain's "Legal Guest Blog," published on November 3, 2015 and titled, "State of the union: What to expect from the NLRB and how to respond," Marc J. Bloch noted that the NLRB, in the months leading up to the 2016 general election, can be…

THE NLRB REDEFINES THE JOINT EMPLOYER DOCTRINE

On August 27th, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) dramatically reinterpreted the "joint-employer" doctrine. Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), "joint employers" are two separate employers that both control the terms and conditions…

LGBT Rights in the Workplace

In an article published in the 2015 Summer Print Issue of HR Cleveland and titled, "LGBT Rights in the Workplace," Susan Keating Anderson advised employers to review and revise their policies regarding LGBT employees to ensure that they comply…

DOL Updates FMLA Model Forms

In an article published in Fine Print, a publication of The Ohio State Bar Association, and titled, "DOL Updates FMLA Model Forms," Patricia F. Weisberg advised employers to use the U.S. Department of Labor's new FMLA model notices, which…

On-Site Continuing Education Offerings From the Education Law Group

As a service to our clients in the Education Law Group, Walter | Haverfield is offering,andnbsp;without charge, a variety of brief presentations geared toward educating district personnel on timely topics facing public school districts. Conducted…

Reminder: Salt Claims Due to Ohio Attorney General on August 21, 2015

Byandnbsp;Stephen L. Byronandnbsp;andandnbsp;Aimee W. Lane. As we informed you earlier thisandnbsp;summer, the State of Ohio reached an $11.5 million settlement in its price-fixing lawsuit against road salt providers Cargill, Inc. and Morton…

Employment-Related Issues with Social Media Marketing Accounts

With the enduring popularity of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, companies large and small are looking to connect with the social media market and use it to their marketing advantage. However, with social media…

Caution Suggested for Schools When Dealing with Issues Involving Transgender Students

School administrators today are challenged in creating policies and responding to an array of issues that few people would have anticipated as little as five years ago. Consider the challenge of dealing with transgender students.Transgender…

Social media marketing accounts can create tangled employment-related issues

andnbsp;a Crain's "Legal Guest Blog," published on May 20, 2015 and titled, "Social media marketing accounts can create tangled employment-related issues," Susan Keating Anderson provided guidance for employers looking to protect their social…

Recent Supreme Court decision leaves employers wondering about obligations to accommodate pregnant workers

In a Crain's "Legal Guest Blog," published on May 5, 2015 and titled, "Recent Supreme Court decision leaves employers wondering about obligations to accommodate pregnant workers," Patricia F. Weisberg assessed the U.S. Supreme Court's recent…

Breastfeeding at Work: Just What is an Employer’s Obligation Under the Law?

Time magazine’s recent cover, depicting a mother nursing her almost 4-year-old son, brought the subject of breastfeeding into the spotlight as water cooler debate across the globe.The age-old issue of nursing mothers in the workplace, however,…

Breastfeeding in the workplace

Although Time made breastfeeding a hotly debated issue with its recent cover photo of a mom nursing her almost 4-year-old son, breastfeeding in the workplace has long presented a legal stumbling block for employers and employees alike. The dearth…

Are we witnessing a new era or final demise of unions?

With the number of union workers at an all-time low in this country, it should really come as no surprise that unions have resorted to more drastic, unconventional methods of recruitment. The use of worker centers to help recruit traditionally…

The Obama administration's attack on successful businesses

The Obama administration, after having basically ignored its labor constituency for five years, is now in a position to implement some broader pro-union strategies.While the administration is using a multi-pronged approach in its attack on business,…

The Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board are out of touch with today's workplace

The purpose of this blog is not to provide advice to employers struggling to deal with the changes or lack of changes in the various employment-related government agencies. Rather, it is to complain that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)…

Extended FMLA Leave Rights Put On Hold in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Nebraska

On March 26, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas preliminarily enjoined the same-sex spouse rule promulgated under the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"), as a result of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Nebraska…

The Supreme Court Issues Guidance on Employers' Obligation to Accommodate Pregnant Workers

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.andnbsp;case. Employers and employees alike were hopeful that the Court would provide much-needed guidance about when and how employers…

Be aware of special legal restrictions when hiring teens this summer

In a Crain's "Legal Guest Blog," published on April 17, 2015 and titled, "Be aware of special legal restrictions when hiring teens this summer," Patricia F. Weisberg advised employers about federal and state regulations which govern teen summer…

FMLA Rights Expanded to Same-Sex Couples

The United States Department of Labor issued a Final Rule in February, revising the definition of a "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"), which extended the FMLA's protections to married, same-sex couples. The rule is designed…

Family and Medical Leave Act rights have been expanded to same-sex couples

In a Crain's "Legal Guest Blog," published on March 27, 2015 and titled, "Family and Medical Leave Act rights have been expanded to same-sex couples," Patricia F. Weisberg discussed the recent enactment of a "Final Rule" by the U. S. Department…

United States Supreme Court Clarifies Municipality's Responsibilities When Denying An Application for Cell Phone Tower Siting

William R. Hanna and Benjamin G. Chojnacki On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision clarifying what information must be provided when denying an application for cell phone tower siting under the Telecommunications…

New EEOC Guidelines Increase Risk of Pregnancy Discrimination Claims

With more women in the workplace, pregnancy-related issues are an ever-growing reality for most employers. Whether a woman is already pregnant or is actively taking steps to become pregnant, she is protected by numerous federal laws, as well…

Early planning yields best results when selling a business

In an article published in the January 19, 2015 issue of Crain's Cleveland Business and titled, "Early planning yields best results when selling a business," Jacob B. Derenthal outlined the steps which a seller should take in order to facilitate…

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

Amazon warehouse workers will not be compensated fortime standing in security check linesShould an employee be compensated for time spent on before- or after-work-related activities such as standing in a security line or waiting to punch in?…

Beware of pouring another cup of cheer at holiday office parties

In a Crain's "Legal Guest Blog," published on December 9, 2014 and titled, "Beware of pouring another cup of cheer at holiday office parties," Patricia F. Weisberg provided tips on how companies can minimize their liability while ensuring that…

Ohio's Minimum Wage Will Increase January 1, 2015

Ever since Ohio's Constitution was amended in 2006, Ohio's minimum wage correlates with the rate of inflation for the twelve months prior to September. The Ohio Department of Commerce has calculated the rate of inflation and has adjusted the…

Playing Well With Others

On November 10, 2014,andnbsp;Stephen L. Byronandnbsp;andandnbsp;Eric J. Johnsonandnbsp;gave a presentation on the topic, "Playing Well With Others," at the 2014 OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show, in Columbus, Ohio.

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter...Oh My!!

In an online article published in the Fall 2014 issue of HR Cleveland and titled, "Facebook, YouTube, Twitter...Oh My!!," Sara M. Markouc asserted that employers should adopt comprehensive social media policies in order to protect their interests…

Managing Pregnancy-Related Workplace Issues

In an article published on November 17, 2014 in a special "Legal Guidebook" section of Crain's Cleveland Business, titled "Managing Pregnancy-Related Workplace Issues," Patricia F. Weisberg discussed the significance of the EEOC's recently-released…

EEOC Issues Pregnancy Discrimination Enforcement Guidance for Employers

In an article published by the Ohio State Bar Association in its quarterly newsletter, Fine Print, Patricia F. Weisberg indicated that the EEOC's recently-released enforcement guidance regarding pregnancy discrimination in the workplace effectively…

8th Annual Special Education Law and Advocacy Update for Parents and Practitioners

On October 30, 2014,andnbsp;Christina Henagen Peerandnbsp;presented at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's "8th Annual Special Education Law and Advocacy Update for Parents and Practitioners," held at the CMBA Offices, in Cleveland,…

Legal Update for NEOASPA

On October 20, 2014,andnbsp;Christina Henagen Peerandnbsp;andandnbsp;Eric J. Johnsonandnbsp;provided legal updates for school district and human resources professionals at a program presented by Walter | Haverfield LLP, in partnership with the…

Back by Popular Demand: I'm an Administrator, Not a Human Resources Manager

On October 10, 2014,andnbsp;Christina Henagen Peerandnbsp;andandnbsp;Sara M. Markoucandnbsp;addressed the topic, "Back by Popular Demand: I'm an Administrator, Not a Human Resources Manager," at the Starting Point Annual Leadership Conference…

Beware of “Micro” Units Bargaining Within Your Company

When a union begins to "organize" employees in your workplace, it must first determine which employees it wants in the "bargaining unit": Production? Maintenance? Sales? Clerical? Shipping? Receiving? Some of the above? All of the above?…

Avoiding Issues with Protected Wetlands (a case study)

Byandnbsp;Leslie G. Wolfe and John A. HeerWetlands are a major issue for almost anyone who owns commercial or industrial property - now more than ever thanks to the EPA's new overly broad definition of what constitutes protected wetlands.…

Beware of "Micro" Units Bargaining Within Your Company

When a union begins to "organize" employees in your workplace, it must first determine which employees it wants in the "bargaining unit": Production? Maintenance? Sales? Clerical? Shipping? Receiving? Some of the above? All of the above?…

Recognizing LGBT workplace rights: Is your business prepared?

Everywhere you look lately, LGBT rights are making headlines. States as diverse as Wisconsin, Texas, Kentucky, Arizona and Kansas have been in the news for their legislative attempts to either increase or limit the rights of LGBT citizens.andnbsp;At…

Back to School: What Districts Need to Know to Start the 2014-15 School Year

On September 22, 2014, Walter | Haverfield LLP, in partnership with the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, presented the first session in a two-part series of complimentary legal updates. In Session One of this Special Education/Pupil…

Legal Update for Paraprofessionals Working in School Districts

On August 13, 2014,andnbsp;Christina Henagen Peerandnbsp;spoke on the topic, "Legal Update for Paraprofessionals Working in School Districts," at the Geauga County Educational Service Center, in Chardon, Ohio.

School Administrator Legal Update

Eric J. Johnsonandnbsp;provided school officials with a "School Administrator Legal Update," on August 8, 2014 at the Lake County Educational Service Center (Lakeland Community College), in Kirtland, Ohio and on August 6, 2014andnbsp;at the…

Managing obesity from a legal perspective

In an online article published on August 29, 2014 by Managed Healthcare Executive and titled, "Managing obesity from a legal perspective," John E. Schiller asserted that the obesity issue in the United States is a public health and budget problem…

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

U.S. Supreme Court May Clarify Employer's Obligations to Accommodateandnbsp;Pregnant WorkersOn July 1, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a former United Parcel Service, Inc. employee's lawsuit alleging pregnancy discrimination and…

Employers adjust criminal background check methods

In an online article published by Crain's Cleveland Business on July 26, 2014 and titled, "Employers adjust criminal background check methods," Patricia F. Weisberg asserted that many employers, when looking to hire new employees, are now following…

EPA's Controversial Rule Clarifying CWA Jurisdiction Could Negatively Impact Most Commercial Property Owners

In an article published in the June 2014 issue of Properties magazine, John A. Heer and Leslie G. Wolfe discussed the U.S. EPA's and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' proposed new rule defining "waters of the United States" under the federal Clean…

CERCLA makes polluters clean up their own messes

In an article written for the Ohio State Bar Association's "Law You Can Use" consumer legal information column, which was subsequently published by the Wooster Weekly News, Leslie G. Wolfe provided an overview of the Comprehensive Environmental…

Spring is Here - We're In The Home Stretch

On April 7, 2014, Walter | Haverfield LLP, in partnership with the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, presented the third session of its three-part series of complimentary legal updates. In Session Three of this Special Education/Pupil…

Ten tips for effective counsel

In an article published on the Ohio State Bar Association's website, John E. Schiller shared his experiences and advice with other attorneys, in order to help them provide their clients with the best possible service. This article, titled "Ten…

No wonder labor unions are concerned

In a Crain's "Legal Guest Blog," published on April 10, 2014 and titled, "No wonder labor unions are concerned," Fredrick W. Englehart analyzed the recent union representation election at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and its…

Wicked winter weather demonstrates need for adequate force majeure clauses

In a "Real Estate Guest Blog," published by Crain's Cleveland Business on March 10, 2014 and titled, "Wicked winter weather demonstrates need for adequate force majeure clauses," Joshua E. Hurtuk discussed the topic of force majeure clauses…