Can an Employer Make You Work Overtime Without Notice?

Nov 11, 2022
By Peter Friedmann

Is It Legal for My Boss to Force Me to Work Overtime Without Notice? Yes, federal and state laws allow employers to require unscheduled and mandatory overtime. As inconvenient and unwelcome as hearing, “I need you to work late today,” or “You’ll have to come in this weekend,” may be, such demands are perfectly legal. The same laws that authorize unscheduled overtime, however, require employers to pay at least time-and-one-half to every employee who is eligible to earn overtime pay....

What Are the Rights of a Minority Shareholder in a Company?

Nov 08, 2022
By Peter Friedmann

As an employee, you may find yourself being offered the opportunity to hold or purchase shares within the company that you work for. In some cases, you may be considered a minority shareholder – meaning that you will be part of a group of shareholders who typically hold less than 51% of any given company. The potential to become a minority shareholder may leave you wondering about the rights of minority shareholders in private companies. This is especially an area...

Are Shareholder Employees Subject To FLSA?

Oct 28, 2022
By Peter Friedmann

Companies, especially public companies, often have both shareholders and employees that participate in the running of the business. Shareholders are considered partial owners to a degree while employees work for the company and receive payment for their work. But in some cases, certain employees have the opportunity to purchase or acquire stock in the company, making them shareholder employees. For shareholder employees, questions can arise around certain federal laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act and how such laws...

Arbitration Agreement That Does Not Contain Class Action Waiver in Ohio

Oct 10, 2022
By Peter Friedmann

How To Navigate Arbitration Agreements That Do Not Contain Class Action Waivers Employment contracts can include a few different elements and clauses, including your rate of pay, start date, employee benefits, and dispute resolution clauses such as an arbitration agreement.  You should read any document that you are signing very carefully, as a lot of people agree to an arbitration clause without knowing it because they do not carefully read a document prior to signing it. Disputes in the workplace...

How to Protect Yourself as a Whistleblower?

Sep 13, 2022
By Peter Friedmann

How to Protect Yourself As A Whistleblower In Ohio For anyone seeking to report violations of law, regulations, or ethical obligations in the workplace, a very important question is how to protect yourself as a whistleblower. Ohio law protects whistleblowers from potential retaliation that may result from “blowing the whistle” about certain things.  There are federal whistleblower protections as well.  Each type of claim is very fact specific so it is important you know that this is general information and...