Join us in recognizing Shareholders Jim Wilkins and John McKenzie, who have been selected for the Best Lawyers® in America 2023 edition. Associate attorneys Michael Karst and Julie Trout earned Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch 2023 honors. Wilkins, who has achieved this...
Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, individual states may now ban abortion services entirely or place very tight restrictions on them. The Court’s ruling has prompted some employers to consider how they might assist...
KWW is pleased to announce that long-time Akron attorney Karen Lefton is joining the firm in an Of Counsel capacity. Karen brings more than 25 years of legal experience to KWW. For the last eight years, Karen was Principal of her own firm, The Lefton Group, LLC....
Earlier this month, Governor DeWine signed into law Senate Bill 47, which aims to take three wage-and-hour concepts that exist under federal law and codify them into Ohio’s wage-hour statute. First and foremost, the new legislation, which becomes effective this July,...
Kastner Westman & Wilkins Shareholders James P. Wilkins, John W. McKenzie and Thomas E. Green were named among the 2022 Ohio Super Lawyers, an attorney rating service designation based on peer recognition and professional achievement, in the category of Employment...
Supreme Court Halts Enforcement of OSHA Vaccine-or-Test Mandate, Upholds Requirements for Healthcare Workers
The Supreme Court of the United States dealt a fatal blow to the federal government’s attempt to require an estimated 84 million employees to get vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. In its ruling, the high court held that the Occupational Safety and Health...
Kastner Westman & Wilkins attorney Amanda Smith has earned certification as a Specialist in Labor and Employment Law from the Ohio State Bar Association. This certification recognizes Smith as having a high level of expertise in her area of practice. She joins Tom...
Sixth Circuit Dissolves Stay on OSHA COVID Vaccine-or-Test Rule; New Deadlines for Enforcement Begin January 10, 2022
Late Friday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision to dissolve the stay that the Fifth Circuit had placed on OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) and allow the ETS to take effect. As we’ve previously discussed, the ETS requires, among other things,...
Federal Judge Blocks Enforcement of Biden’s Vaccination Mandate for Federal Contractors in Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee
President Biden signed Executive Order 14042 on September 9, 2021, mandating that the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force provide guidance regarding adequate COVID-19 safeguards that apply to all federal government contractors and subcontractors. Under the Executive...
Remember to Watch the Clock: Paying Employees For a Few Extra Minutes Can Save Thousands in FLSA Damages and Legal Expenses
A recent case from the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals discussed what preshift activities count as time worked under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA. Under the FLSA and its regulations, the minutes and hours that employees work are considered “hours...
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