August 21, 2017
Suppose someone is falsely charged with a crime. They’re innocent until proven guilty, right? They have the right to a trial, to a lawyer, and to confront their accusers, right? They have a right to defend themselves and be judged by a jury of their peers, right? And if they are innocent, they may be … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: Can an Employee lawfully be fired based on a completely False Accusation?
August 18, 2017
There has been a firestorm of controversy recently over Google’s decision to fire James Damore. Damore is the software engineer who wrote an internal memo – subsequently leaked – that criticized the company’s policies on diversity and inclusion. Specifically, Damore claimed that biological differences between men and women may account for the fact that women … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: Does the Now Famous Fired Engineer Have a Legal Claim Against Google?
July 18, 2017
Something that didn’t even exist 15 years ago is now all the rage. I’m talking about “Social Media Policies” in the workplace. What does this mean? Why do many employers have these policies? Are they important? Are there legal rules relating to these policies? I don’t need to tell you about the explosion and popularity … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: What is a “Social Media Policy”?
July 14, 2017
In an age where almost everyone carries a smartphone almost all the time, it is possible for each of us to make a video or audio recording of events and conversations at the touch of a button. YouTube, as we all know, is filled with impromptu video recordings people have made with their cell phones. … Continue reading Ohio employment law: Recording conversations in the workplace
June 2, 2017
Our firm has long enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Tom Cooney and Crystal Faulkner at Mountjoy Chilton Medley, accountants in Cincinnati. Tom and Crystal are husband and wife and also hosts of a weekly radio program on 91.7 radio, WVXU aimed at helping business owners smartly and safely grow their business — Businesswise. Finney Law Firm … Continue reading In the News: Attorney Stephen E. Imm joins Businesswise on WVXU to discuss Labor and Employment Law issues
May 15, 2017
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 30 years (in which case you probably aren’t reading my blog posts anyway), you know that “sexual harassment” is illegal in the workplace. What that means to most people is that employers have to make sure their employees do not commit sexual harassment against one … Continue reading Ohio employment law: Can Sexual Harassment be Committed by Non-employees?
May 13, 2017
The need for non-compete agreements certainly looks different from the perspective of being an employee versus being an employer, but no one can doubt both the recent proliferation of and significant career impacts of non-compete agreements. Today’s New York Times offers an important and detailed perspective on the decision to sign such documents. Read it here: Signing Away … Continue reading Ohio employment law: Today’s NYT writes about non-compete agreements
May 2, 2017
In the last 20 years or so, it has become more and more common for employers to require employees to enter into arbitration agreements. These are documents or policies that are designed to protect employers from having to defend lawsuits in court. They provide that if any legal disputes arise between the employer and the … Continue reading Ohio employment law: Are Arbitration Agreements Good for Employers and Bad for Employees?
April 10, 2017
As we have grown, the vision of the Finney Law Firm is sharpening for our clients and the public: A broad array of services offered in one firm, each practice area delivered in a quality fashion. At our core, we are a real estate firm, with experienced transactional attorneys, a title insurance company that insures residential and … Continue reading At our core we are a Cincinnati real estate law firm, but we offer depth of experience in a broad array of areas of law
March 7, 2017
A common question I get is whether an employer must pay an employee for their accrued but unused vacation when they leave employment. If an employee has left under difficult circumstances, such as an involuntary discharge, there can easily be a dispute about post-employment issues like this. Under Ohio law, accrued vacation is considered an … Continue reading Ohio employment law: Are employees legally entitled to their unused vacation pay when their employment ends?