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#MeToo: Looking to best teaching practices for effective training

When did canned web-based presentations become the norm for harassment, discrimination and other inappropriate workplace conduct training? Companies who rely on pre-prepared, generic materials often find those trainings for HR, management, supervisors and employees to be ineffective, particularly now that #MeToo is a part of our vocabulary. For the employer who has the goal of efficient and effective HR trainings, it is helpful to look to best teaching practices. Educators know that teaching a lesson in a memorable and engaging way will help student retention…algebra or workplace harassment alike. Simply put, face-to-face, interactive training is the most effective way to …

Porter Wright offers tailored HR Audits

Porter Wright is pleased to announce that it is now offering customized audits of the specific HR policies and practices you select at custom, fixed-cost or other fee arrangements that will give you certainty about the expense before the audit even begins. Simply choose from the menu of HR audit services we offer and work with one of our labor and employment attorneys to determine a price for those services. Our tailored HR audit allows you to focus on those areas of concern specific to your business, while giving you the certainty and predictability regarding cost that your business requires.…

Is your workplace ready for Fall? Check the Employer Law Forecast


Check the Fall forecast for your workplace at

Porter Wright’s Employer Law Forecast

Fall is here – time for football, back to school activities and planning for the holidays.

For many employers, however, Fall also comes with its fair share of seasonal headaches, including:

Paying employees correctly during daylight savings Holiday pay and FMLA issues during the Fall holidays
Fantasy football in the workplace Voting leave laws during Election Day

To address these and other seasonal concerns, Porter Wright is pleased to share the latest posts on our microsite – Employer Law Forecast, a new way to deliver insightful legal content to readers.

The Employer Law Forecast is an online tool that helps employers and human resource professionals plan for employment law issues that occur seasonally. …

Introducing Porter Wright’s newest blog – Antitrust Law Source

We wanted to take a moment to announce Porter Wright’s newest endeavor, Antitrust Law Source. Antitrust Law Source is a new site designed for visitors to quickly and easily learn about developments in this growing arena. The site primarily will focus on providing news and legal updates in the antitrust arena in a podcasting format. The podcasts will feature a variety of insights, educational offerings, discussions and interviews with thought leaders across a variety of industries.  For those of you who are frequent readers of this blog you may recall two recent blog posts by Jay Levine (editor of …

Introducing our mobile-device friendly microsite – the Employer Law Forecast

In this first week of Summer, we are excited to let our blog readers be among the first to know about our launch of a new microsite – Employer Law Forecast, a new way to deliver insightful legal content to readers.

The Employer Law Forecast is an online tool that helps employers and human resource professionals plan for employment law issues that occur seasonally.  For example, as we kick off summer, we help you address common workforce issues during the summer months, including Managing the Heat for Employees, Hiring Interns, Workers’ Compensation and Summer Outings, Hiring

Technology Law Source 2.0

We wanted to take a moment to share the redesigned Porter Wright Technology Law Source blog with you.

Technology Law Source is designed for readers to quickly and easily learn about concepts that cut across the traditional lines of intellectual property and extend to evolving technologies, as well as concerns with privacy and data security.

Our authors routinely update the blog to provide the latest news and information about a range of areas relating to the industry, including:

  • Copyright
  • Data breach
  • Data security
  • Database management
  • Electronic commerce
  • Electronic discovery
  • Electronic medical records
  • Enforcements, disputes, and litigation
  • HIPAA and HITECH Act

Announcing Porter Wright’s Latest Blog – the Oil & Gas Report

We wanted to take a moment and share our latest Porter Wright blog with you — the Oil & Gas Law Report – which is designed for readers to quickly and easily learn about the latest legal developments affecting producers, investors, transporters, land owners, and governing organizations.

It is prepared by members of Porter Wright’s Oil & Gas Practice Group and will cover news and information in a wide range of areas related to the industry, including:

  • Oil and gas storage well leases
  • Eminent domain, zoning and land use issues
  • Joint operating agreements
  • Drilling contracts, gas gathering and transportation contracts

Employer Law Report Listed as a Top 25 Labor and Employment Law Blog by LexisNexis

We started Employer Law Report in January 2008 to keep our clients and friends up-to-date on recent developments and trends affecting their workplace. Since then, it has become an essential part of our labor and employment practice. Earlier this week, we learned that Employer Law Report has been chosen as one of the Top 25 Labor and Employment Law Blogs of 2011 by voters in the greater LexisNexis community, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have received this vote of confidence from our readers.

We feel so honored to be in such good company. I already subscribe to virtually …

Porter Wright Attorneys Presenting at Construction Law Update

If you’re in the construction industry, you won’t want to miss the Construction Law Forum on September 6, 2011 at the Ohio State Bar Association. This annual program focuses on current issues in the ever-changing area of Ohio construction law. Taught by a broad-based group of experienced construction law attorneys, the program offers both introductory material and concepts on Ohio construction law, as well as detailed analysis on current developing case law and statutory construction law updates. Six hours of Ohio CLE will be offered. For more information or to register, click here (PDF).

LexisNexis Nominates Employer Law Report for Top 25 Labor and Employment Blog – Please Vote!

LexisNexis has selected Employer Law Report as a nominee for its Top 25 Labor and Employment Law Blogs. To narrow down to its final list of 25 honorees, LexisNexis is seeking feedback and input from the online community. If you find Employer Law Report useful and informative, we would appreciate your "vote" of support – as well as for those other blogs that you enjoy. To view the article listing us as well as other nominees, click here. To vote, you need to be a registered Community member of LexisNexis (click here for free registration) and be logged …

Porter Wright Launches Employee Benefits Blog

Employer Law Report is pleased to share with you the launching of Porter Wright’s latest blog – Employee Benefits Law Report – which we have created as a resource to help guide employers of all sizes through the complex administrative and legal challenges facing their employee benefit plans.

This blog – edited by my partners Ann Caresani and Rich Helmreich – will provide the latest information in a wide range of areas related to Employee Benefits including:

  • ERISA and employee benefits litigation
  • Health care reform
  • Retirement plans
  • Audits and correction
  • Benefits issues related to mergers and acquisitions
  • Employee Stock Ownership

Follow Me On Twitter

Those of you have been reading Employer Law Report over the past six months may have noted an addition to our home page recently in the lower portion of the left column. There, you will find my most recent tweets on Twitter from @BrianDHallEsq. Sounds a bit pretentious, I know, but every usable combination of Brian D and Hall were already taken.

Twitter allows us to inform you about a lot of issues that we simply can’t fit into this blog. It also allows us to get information out to you faster than we can on the blog. While …

Porter Wright Ranks in First Tier of Labor and Employment Practices in Ohio in Chambers USA 2010

We are pleased to share with our Employer Law Report friends that Chambers USA has ranked Porter Wright’s Labor and Employment Practice as a “first-tier practice” in Ohio in their most recent report.

To read about our review, please click here: Labor & Employment – Ohio – Ranked 1

Chambers USA also ranked five of our Labor and Employment partners individually:


Bradd N Siegel – Labor & Employment Ohio
Charles C Warner – Labor & Employment Ohio
John M Stephen – Labor & Employment Ohio
Fred G Pressley Jr – Labor & Employment Ohio
Kevin Griffith – Labor &

Porter Wright Recognized Among 30 Elite Law Firms Nationally For Superior Client Service in BTI Survey

Porter Wright is deeply honored to be ranked among the 30 elite firms in the country when it comes to client service.  In a national survey of in-house counsel at Fortune 1000 companies conducted by The BTI Consulting Group (BTI), Porter Wright ranked 22 out of 505 core firms named by in-house counsel.

Porter Wright was honored as a “Leader of the Best” when it comes to advising clients on business issues. According to the report, “Porter Wright differentiates itself with clients by translating legalese into business speak — a key method to prove your commitment to help clients.” The report also