Industries & Practices

Employment & Labor

Employment & Labor

    We help employers of all sizes and industries in the ever-changing area of employment law.

    Our team of experienced employment and labor attorneys understands that every organization’s culture, operations and profitability depend on human resources best practices. From compliance audits to performance management, non-compete enforcement, leave and accommodation management, employment litigation and labor arbitrations, we routinely assist clients in a wide range of labor and employment matters. By educating the employers with which we work, anticipating complications and assisting with preventative measures, we help employers maintain a flexible and compliant employment operation to avoid lawsuits and the costly civil penalties that come from noncompliance.

    Types of clients we represent:

    • Banks and financial institutions
    • Colleges and universities
    • Employee benefit plans
    • Hospitals, health systems and health care providers
    • Insurance companies
    • Manufacturers
    • Nonprofit organizations and trade associations
    • Retail and wholesale businesses
    • The food service industry
    • School districts
    • Municipalities and other government entities
    • Transportation and logistics
    • Utilities
    • Information technology service providers
    • Professional services firms

    "Bricker’s Employment & Labor attorneys ‘are experts in their fields, ask pertinent questions and look at matters critically and thoroughly to come to the best decision.’"

    As quoted in Chambers USA, 2020

    "[Bricker’s employment practice] maintains a fantastic reputation for its work on behalf of healthcare, financial and retail clients It is also regularly sought after for its expertise by clients in the education, manufacturing and insurance arenas."

    As quoted in Chambers USA, 2021

    "[Bricker's employment team] is a well-oiled machine. They collaborate well across departments and are quick to find the right person for each project."

    Bricker client as quoted in Chambers USA, 2021

    Areas of Focus

    Employee Benefits & Pension Plans

    Representing more than 100 public and private qualified plans, we advise employers who sponsor tax-qualified pension and retirement plans. Our attorneys are involved with the design, qualification and administration of numerous tax-qualified plans with special skill in large, complex pension arrangements. 


    Workers’ Compensation & Safety (OSHA)

    We represent both state-funded and self-insured employers before Ohio's workers' compensation system and before Ohio's courts, helping employers control these significant claim costs. Additionally, we counsel employers in more complex matters such as Violations of Specific Safety Requirements (VSSR), premium impacts, OSHA compliance, BWC audits and start-up/wind-down procedures.


    Management & Employee Training

    Our attorneys regularly provide tailored training to clients on a variety of legal employment issues. We offer management-level training for corporate leadership, including boards of directors, managers, supervisors and team leads and all-hands training for entire staffs. In addition to customizable training modules, we assist clients in conducting internal self-audits of their HR practices, so that they can identify and prioritize goals for improving personnel processes.


    Employment Counseling

    One of our most important roles is to be a counselor and advisor to clients. Clients trust our non-judgmental opinions and our ability to provide them with sound advice about how to handle often delicate matters. To avoid or limit exposure to employment-related lawsuits, our attorneys regularly and proactively counsel management and educate supervisors. This counseling is valuable in avoiding costly litigation and workplace morale issues.

    Employment Litigation

    When litigation is inevitable, our attorneys vigorously defend employers in all phases of employment claims. Specific issues include discrimination and harassment, non-competes and others, such as OSHA, workers’ compensation and contractual terminations. Our team advises clients through agency investigations, perceived regulation violations, and other types of claims in state and federal law employment claims brought before administrative agencies or in courts.


    Executive Compensation

    We routinely work with clients to design and implement executive compensation programs and to help boards and committees understand their responsibilities under state corporation law, federal tax laws and federal securities laws. 

    Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining

    Our employment attorneys understand and regularly provide traditional labor services to management. We work closely with businesses to structure policies and practices designed to maintain a union-free environment.

    Workplace Investigations

    Our experienced attorneys regularly conduct investigations involving highly sensitive complaints of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, ethics violations, and other instances of alleged misconduct and disciplinary matters. Investigations have included conduct of board members, public officials, officers, managers and supervisors, and employees. Clients rely on our attorneys to provide thorough and objective fact-finding for any workplace complaint or allegation.