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When Is Collective Action Possible?

By Matthew Coffman |

There are many different types of lawsuits. Sometimes when a group of people were all harmed due to the same employment problem, the issue can be solved through a class action. Doing so is a way to protect the rights of a group of people. In other circumstances, when the case is in response… Read More »

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Important Parts of the FLSA

By Matthew Coffman |

Many employers, in Ohio and around the country, have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Sometimes it is intentionally violated, in other instances an employer does so without realizing it. Either way, it is against the law. Employees have rights. If your rights were violated, connect with a Columbus employment attorney. The FLSA… Read More »

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Be Sure You Have the Proper Forms for FMLA

By Matthew Coffman |

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a path for employees to take a leave from work and still maintain job protections. Before going on leave, it is essential the correct paperwork has been filled out. Ask your employer about FMLA requirements and follow their instructions before going on leave. Employers may say… Read More »

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Different Types of Employment Termination

By Matthew Coffman |

Employment termination is when the relationship between an employee and employer comes to an end. This could happen because an employee has decided to terminate their relationship with the organization or the employer has made the decision to terminate employment. If you feel you were unlawfully terminated from your Ohio workplace, discuss the details… Read More »

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Employers Must Provide a Location to Breastfeed

By Matthew Coffman |

If you are a nursing mother who works for an employer with 50 or more employees, you are entitled to a private place to express milk. This is a legal obligation according to the Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Smaller companies, businesses with less than 50 employees, may… Read More »

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Can a 15 Year Old Work in Ohio?

By Matthew Coffman |

If you are a parent of a teenager, it is possible they want to get a job in order to secure funds for their college education or to simply have spending money. In Ohio, as in every state in the United States, child labor laws are in place. While it is possible for teenagers… Read More »

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Women Can Work Throughout a Pregnancy

By Matthew Coffman |

If you are pregnant woman who has experienced a change at your job because of your pregnancy, legal action may be possible. An employer does not have the right to change a person’s hours or shifts solely because the individual is pregnant. Similarly, being discriminated against during the hiring process or being passed over… Read More »

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Exceptions to Minimum Wage Rules

By Matthew Coffman |

Workers have rights, including the right to fair pay for hours worked. Of course, what is considered fair pay has changed over time. Laws need to be followed, employers are not legally permitted to change the rules on their own. Minimum wage in Ohio is set, an employer is not permitted to pay less… Read More »

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Learning About Lost Wages

By Matthew Coffman |

Moving forward with a lawsuit can be difficult, and a lawsuit against a work supervisor or employer is no different. Many are conflict averse but there are times when you need to fight for your rights. And part of your rights may be recovering damages, such as lost wages. If you need a lawyer… Read More »

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Inappropriate Jokes and Comments at Work

By Matthew Coffman |

There are many ways that racism occurs within a workplace, and it is an illegal form of harassment due to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That said, it still occurs. Overt racism may be less apparent than it was in the past, but there are still plenty of inappropriate and illegal comments and… Read More »

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What Is Employee Retaliation?

By Matthew Coffman |

Did you stand up for yourself or a coworker because they were being harassed? Or did you point out illegal activity at work? Were you retaliated against for doing so? Employee retaliation is illegal. Ohio state law and federal employment laws prohibit bosses or employers from taking revenge against a worker who was within… Read More »

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Jury Duty and Ohio Law

By Matthew Coffman |

It is our civic duty to serve on juries when we are called to do so. Jury duty is when you serve on a jury, giving the defendant in court the right to a trial with an impartial jury. If you are called to the court and do not appear, you could be held… Read More »

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Key Employees Exempt from Family Leave

By Matthew Coffman |

Many Ohio employees access their right to family medical leave when they have a serious medical concern or when they need to care for another in the family going through a health crisis. There are protections in place under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) which allows workers who are eligible to take up… Read More »

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What Is Employment Law?

By Matthew Coffman |

There are many different types of law. When an attorney practices employment law, they are focused on the rights of employees or employers. Our firm exclusively represents employees and fights for their rights to be treated in accordance with various employment laws. Essentially, we help employees navigate employees’ relationships with their employers in terms… Read More »

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Pros and Cons of Salary Conversations

By Matthew Coffman |

Many employers discourage staff members from discussing their salaries. Often a culture of privacy around salary leaves is in place. But, it is not illegal in most circumstances. While comparing compensation and pay rates can be frowned upon, according to the National Labor Relations Act, employees have a right to have discussions that promote… Read More »

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At-Will Employees and Wrongful Termination

By Matthew Coffman |

An at-will employee is a person who can be terminated for any reason, or can leave their job for any reason, that is not illegal or does not break a collective bargaining agreement or written contract. Ohio is an at-will employment state. But, if you are fired from a job for a reason that… Read More »

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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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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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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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