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...

Do You Get Paid While on FMLA For Maternity and Parental Leave In Ohio?

Aug 18, 2022
By Peter Friedmann

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal-level act that entitles all eligible employees to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year. This is left that protects your job while you are on leave and can be used for both medical and family-specific reasons.  An employer can choose to pay you while you are on FMLA leave but is not legally required to.  Additionally, an employer can make you use your PTO/sick/vacation time while you are on...

What Railroaders Need to Know Before Filing a FELA Lawsuit?

Jul 08, 2022
By Peter Friedmann

For railroad workers that have suffered an injury on the job, the FELA claim process might seem overwhelming at first – especially if you and your attorney file a lawsuit related to your claim. Under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA), railroad workers are exempt from state workers’ compensation program, which typically prohibits an employee from filing a lawsuit against the company they work for if they suffer a workplace injury. In contrast, railroaders are afforded the right to bring...

Can My Employer Force Me to Come Back to The Office?

Jun 28, 2022
By Peter Friedmann

2 years after the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in early 2020, about 6 in 10 U.S. adults say that their jobs can be done from home for the most part, according to a Pew Research study. 61% of those surveyed say they are choosing to work from home while only 38% shared that they work from home because of a still-closed or unavailable workplace. And while some workplaces still remain closed, employees who have gotten used to working remotely may...

FELA Claim or Workers’ Compensation Claim

Jun 13, 2022
By Peter Friedmann

When a worker is injured on the job, the natural next step will usually be to file a workers’ compensation claim. While filing a workers’ compensation claim will be the norm in most industries, railroad workers are covered by an entirely different federal law known as the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). This is a federal law that has been in place since 1908 that provides railroad employees with a legal means to seek compensation and damages following any injuries...