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Should I Share My Mental Health Issue with My Boss?

By Matthew Coffman |

When a person is struggling with a mental health issue, whether that concern is related to anxiety, depression, PTSD, or something else, they may not feel confident sharing that information with their supervisor. And if a person wants to use their right to leave under the Family Medical Leave Act to treat a mental… Read More »

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What You Need to Know About Statutes of Limitations

By Matthew Coffman |

It may be surprising for individuals who do not regularly work within the legal profession, but there are set timeframes when a person is legally able to move a claim forward. This can be frustrating for people who were harmed by a violation many years ago. Moving on a claim as soon as possible… Read More »

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EmpLaw2

Are Employment Law and Workers’ Compensation Law the Same?

By Matthew Coffman |

No, there are differences between workers’ compensation law and employment law, but the two types of law do overlap in some situations. Which makes sense, because both types of law establish rules about the relationships between employers and employees. But, while workplaces are a connector, there are distinctions. If you have legal questions about… Read More »

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Legal17

Choosing an Alternative Dispute Resolution in Ohio

By Matthew Coffman |

If you have a workplace dispute but are looking for a solution other than traditional litigation, you may be interested in exploring Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). ADR can save an employee time and money on their path to justice. One of the benefits to an ADR is it could result in the employee and… Read More »

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4 Types of Employment Law Disputes

By Matthew Coffman |

As an Ohio employee, you have rights. There are legal protections in place at the state and federal level. Even if you are not an employee but are a contract worker, you have established rights in certain employment situations. If you have a workplace dispute and are wondering what paths to justice are possible,… Read More »

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WorkersComp2

401(k) Plans Are Often a Workplace Benefit

By Matthew Coffman |

A way to save for retirement, a 401(k) plan is offered by many Ohio employers as part of an overall benefit package. Essentially, it is an opportunity for employees to invest a percentage of their pre-tax income. This way, employees are not paying income tax on their retirement contributions until the money is taken… Read More »

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Complaint1

Strengthening Your Ohio Employment Claim

By Matthew Coffman |

If you are an Ohio employee who is thinking about moving forward with a claim against your employer, there are ways to strengthen a claim. These may include documentation, research, and connecting with a seasoned Columbus employment attorney. Experienced employment lawyers know what you need to do and what timelines need to be followed… Read More »

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Avoid Litigation with Mediation

By Matthew Coffman |

Sometimes it is possible to resolve a dispute without litigation, an alternative path may be the best way for you to move forward. For example, mediation is a solution for many. A confidential process, mediation is when a third party, someone neutral such as a judge or other experienced legal professional, listens to both… Read More »

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Employment4

Reporting Work Injuries Is Essential

By Matthew Coffman |

Unfortunately, there are times when individuals are injured when they are at work. The range of injuries is wide and varies depending on the industry a person works within. If you work in a fulfillment center, for example, it may be possible for you to slip and fall, resulting in injuries to your neck… Read More »

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Workplace

False Accusations Within the Workplace

By Matthew Coffman |

When people get up and go to work in the morning, they are not typically thinking they will show up and face an allegation of illegal activity or bad behavior. But unfortunately, this has happened to individuals. Sometimes to reliable, good employees who have done nothing wrong. Digital communication and social media accounts can… Read More »

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EmpLaw2

Recording Workplace Conversations Could Lead to More Problems

By Matthew Coffman |

When there is an issue at work, it is natural to seek justice. You may be seeking ways to prove your side of the story, but recording workplace conversations without the consent of the others involved in the conversation could lead to more issues. Under Ohio law, the recording itself is not a criminal… Read More »

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Worker3

Am I a Contract Worker or an Employee?

By Matthew Coffman |

It is common for individuals to work as freelancers, sometimes doing the same tasks for the same organization for years. Workers may not even be sure if they are correctly classified as an independent contractor compared to an employee of the company. But, there are legal distinctions between the two classifications. For example, benefit… Read More »

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Types of Non-Sexual Workplace Harassment

By Matthew Coffman |

Unfortunately, workplace harassment is common in Ohio, throughout the country, and the world. Harassment can create a toxic work environment, particularly if it goes unreported and is allowed to continue over time. If you feel you were a victim of harassment, it is important you learn about your legal rights. Protect yourself and connect… Read More »

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Paycheck

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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Worker

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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Employee

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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Unpaid

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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WorkStress

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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