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When Is a Wage Deduction Improper?

By Matthew Coffman |

There are only a limited amount of circumstances when an employer can legally deduct from employee wages. Those reasons are clearly stated in federal law and Ohio law. Do you believe your employer improperly deducted from your wages? If so, you have rights. Connect with a Columbus employment attorney to learn how to pave… Read More »

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Isn’t It My First Amendment Right to Speak My Mind at Work?

By Matthew Coffman |

While it is true that Americans have First Amendment rights, including free speech, it does not guarantee how others will respond. Yes, the First Amendment allows you to freely express your views. But, if you speak your mind at work the First Amendment does not protect you from termination. Free speech is a core… Read More »

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What Is Severance Pay?

By Matthew Coffman |

When there is a termination of employment, there may be an offer of severance pay. The amount granted may be calculated based on the length of employment, an amount may be stated within an employee contract, or may be a number arbitrarily selected by an employer. If you are in the process of negotiating… Read More »

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Should I Talk to an Employment Lawyer?

By Matthew Coffman |

There are many situations in which employees wonder if they should talk to an employment attorney. They may be upset by the inequitable salaries at the workplace. Or they may be a victim of harassment or discrimination. There are many, many reasons to seek justice. If an employer has treated you in an unlawful… Read More »

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What Do I Do If My Boss Didn’t Pay Me Correctly?

By Matthew Coffman |

If you are working for an employer who did not pay you when they were supposed to or incorrectly calculated your wages, legal action may be a possibility. Unfortunately, too many workers let a situation go because they do not believe they can afford an attorney. But, if you have been a victim of… Read More »

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A Path Forward After a Wrongful Termination

By Matthew Coffman |

It is always stressful to lose a job. The event can lead to self-doubt and can create financial problems for families. And while there are a broad range of reasons Ohio employers can legally let workers go, there are also instances of illegal termination. Legal reasons to fire a worker include safety concerns, poor… Read More »

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Is It Legal for Employers to Run Background Checks?

By Matthew Coffman |

Yes, an employer can legally run a background check. As long as the process follows applicable laws, the employer has the right to look into an individual’s education, employment history, and any evidence of a criminal record. But, there are times when places of business run illegal background checks, too. For example, it is… Read More »

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How Long Does It Take to Litigate a Case?

By Matthew Coffman |

Litigating a case is a term that is used to sum up the litigation process, this includes filing a complaint, presenting at trial, and all of the steps between the initial filing and the final court appearance at a jury or bench trial. If you were in a circumstance where you feel your worker… Read More »

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What is Tip Pooling and Is It Legal?

By Matthew Coffman |

Individuals who work in the service industry often rely on tips for a portion of their income. Some of the workers who depend on tips include bartenders, servers, individuals who clear tables between customers, and counter staff. While all of these professions across the business may receive tips, how the tips are handled legally… Read More »

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Working During the Pandemic and Wage Issues

By Matthew Coffman |

As coronavirus continues to spread, many employers are changing the rules of how and where employees can work. Taking direction from public health officials and others within the industry, more and more supervisors are allowing employees to work from home even as stay at home orders are lifted. In other cases, schedules have changed… Read More »

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Best Practices for Reopening Your Business

By Matthew Coffman |

While many Ohio businesses can reopen, there are still precautions to consider as cases of coronavirus are still being reported. If you are a business owner who is trying to balance employee safety and local guidelines, you may be seeking advice. Some of the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) follow…. Read More »

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Do I Need to Hire an Ohio Employment Lawyer?

By Matthew Coffman |

Are you wondering if you would benefit from a discussion with an Ohio employment attorney? If the question is on your mind, chances are you could use legal guidance. Employment lawyers can help businesses navigate employment laws and government regulations, which can help in avoiding litigation in the future. And employees can learn their… Read More »

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What ADA Protections Do I Have at My Ohio Job?

By Matthew Coffman |

Are you aware of the protections you have under the American with Disability Act (ADA)? The ADA is in place to protect workers from discrimination. It ensures access to government services, public transportation, commercial stores, transportation, and telecommunications. The act stops employers from discriminating against workers with disabilities. Which Employers Are Required to Follow… Read More »

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Can Individuals Continue Unemployment Instead of Returning to Work?

By Matthew Coffman |

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment claims have skyrocketed, with reports of over 36 million U.S. workers filing for benefits since the middle of March. Some of these workers were laid off permanently while others were furloughed, a term that suggests an employee may be able to return to their position when economic conditions… Read More »

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Is It Legal to Fire Someone for a Social Media Post?

By Matthew Coffman |

For many, social media is a way to connect with their coworkers, friends, family members, and individuals with shared interests. Because the platforms are a way to share news, it is natural for pictures of work celebrations or descriptions of what happened during a work day to be posted on social media. But, there… Read More »

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Workers Returning After Stay-at-Home Orders

By Matthew Coffman |

As states ease out of stay-at-home orders, there are concerns on how employees will safely return to their workspaces. Understanding all of the local and federal requirements for reopening and implementing precautions presents a challenge to both employees and employers. Understanding requirements and following all of the needed steps to secure a workforce can… Read More »

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Gay and Transgendered Workers Can No Longer be Discriminated Against Based on Their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

By Matthew Coffman |

In a victory for equal rights of all persons regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, Title VII now makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against gay and transgendered workers. Employers can no longer discrimination against employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Supreme Court, in a groundbreaking 6-3… Read More »

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Employee Questions About COVID-19

By Matthew Coffman |

As employees return to workplaces, there have been many questions. While each situation is unique, there are a handful of topics that are returned to again and again, such as protective gear compliance and child care. For guidance on your circumstance and how it is impacting your job in Ohio, talk to a Columbus… Read More »

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Do Ohio Employees Get Paid for Meal Breaks?

By Matthew Coffman |

If you work at an Ohio workplace but are not getting paid for breaks, you might be unsure if the practice is legal or not. According to federal law, if an employer gives an employee a rest that is 20 minutes or less, it should be paid. But, the state of Ohio does not… Read More »

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Injuries While Working from Home

By Matthew Coffman |

More and more people are working from home. But what if someone is injured? Work-related injuries are typically covered by workers’ compensation and this can also be applicable when a person is not physically in the office. For example, the compensation covers injuries that happen when visiting a client’s place of work or on… Read More »

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