Photo of Katherine McLaughlin

Katie focuses her practice on the representation of management in all aspects of labor and employment law. She aids in the defense of employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in a wide range of matters, including employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wage and hour disputes. Katie also assists in providing day-to-day counseling to employers by researching human resources issues such as terminations, compliance with employment laws, and the preparation of policies and employment agreements.  Katie earned her J.D., cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and her B.A. from Wittenberg University.

On January 1, 2024, a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) Rule took effect: the Final Rule to Improve Tracking. OSHA has long required employers to track and maintain records regarding workplace injuries and illnesses. Since 2016, OSHA has implemented (under multiple Presidential Administrations) varying rules regarding electronic submission of Forms 300, 300A

Employee handbooks are vital tools employers use to communicate expectations for employee conduct, company culture and core values, policies, and procedures. However, when drafted poorly, handbooks can create confusion and legal liability. Below are some of the most common mistakes employers make in their employee handbooks, and how to fix them.

  1. Inadvertently creating an employment

In the midst of a national labor shortage, employers recruiting from a shrinking pool of potential employees are looking for ways to gain a competitive edge over other employers. What’s a better job perk than having every Friday off?

Companies nationwide, including an Ohio construction and real estate company, are beginning to implement 4-day work

On November 22, 2022, a Virginia Walmart employee reportedly opened fire in a staff break room, killing six co-workers and injuring several others. On January 23, 2023, a California mushroom farm employee shot and killed seven people at two locations, one of which was his place of employment.  These tragedies are just two examples of