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15th Annual Legal Update & Monthly Meeting

Join us for our Annual Conference featuring Keynote Speakers, Stacy Pollock & Jonathan Cachat, who will present, “Medical Marijuana now legal in Ohio, but what about the workplace?”

When: 10/8/2019
7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 West Spring Street
Columbus, Ohio  43215
United States
Contact: Chapter Management Professional

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Join HRACO for a day of engaging and interactive presentations on the legal issues impacting you and your workforce in Central Ohio!  Learn the latest on how to respond to an active shooter event; discuss strategies for tackling hiring, firing, investigations and wage and hour issues; get an update on sexual orientation and gender identity; and more!  Be sure to join us that same day for the HRACO monthly meeting with Stacy Pollock, Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co. LPA and Jonathan Cachat, PhD, CCV Research, to learn more about how medical marijuana is now legal in Ohio, but what about the workplace?  Do not miss this jam-packed event!

         SHRM, HRCI, and CLE credits pending.




Keynote Luncheon Speaker @ 11:30 a.m.

Stacy Pollock, Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co. LPA and Jonathan Cachat, PhD, CCV Research

“Medical Marijuana now legal in Ohio, but what about the workplace?"




Topic 1

Topic 2 (if concurrent)










Morning Keynote

How to Respond to an Active Shooter Event and Recognizing the Signs of Potential Workplace Violence

Presented by: Sgt. Renae Rice, City of Dublin and Catherine Burgett, Attorney, Frost Brown Todd LLC







Concurrent Sessions

Two Years of #MeToo: Has Anything Really Changed?

Presented by: Bill Nolan, Barnes & Thornburg LLP


Update on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity as Protected Status

Presented by: Steve Tolbert, Frost Brown Todd, LLC



Concurrent Sessions

Wage and Hour Hot Topics

Presented By: Jeff Lindemann, Frost Brown Todd LLC


Certificates of Qualification for Employment

Presented by: Alicia Miller, Ohio Justice & Policy Center



Medical Marijuana now legal in Ohio, but what about the workplace?

Presented by: Stacy Pollock, Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co. LPA and Jonathan Cachat, PhD, CCV Research


Jonathan Cachat, PhD and Stacy Pollock, JD for an interactive discussion about the science behind cannabis – its use, its effects, metabolism,content and safety testing, and the future of cannabis research. Learn how marijuana affects employees, how employers can best address concerns regarding medical cannabis outside of work, and strategies for developing policies and accommodations in the workplace.







Concurrent Sessions

Practical HR Advice: Hiring, Firing and Investigations

Presented by: Pamela Krivda and Devin Spencer, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP


Public Sector Employment- Legal Update

Presented by: Marc Fishel, Fishel Downey Albrecht & Riepenhoff LLP


Full Session

Redefining Expectations and Assuming Positive Intent: A Fresh Take on Harassment and Bias in the Workplace

Presented by: Catherine Burgett, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Speaker Bios

Sgt. Renae Rice, City of Dublin
Renae Rice is an experienced Police Sergeant with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in Crisis Management, Firearms Handling, Public Safety, Government, and Emergency Management. Strong military and protective services professional graduated from Northwestern University Technical Institute.

Catherine Burgett, Attorney, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Catherine is a member in Frost Brown Todd’s Columbus office where her practice focuses on the representation of both public and private employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters, including traditional labor work, employment litigation, breach of contract, and advising employers on a daily basis regarding employment issues. Catherine represents a wide variety of small, mid-size, and large employers, including those in the health care, manufacturing, logistics, technology, food service, construction, retail, and customer service industries, as well as, several public sector entities in Ohio and surrounding states.
Catherine has represented companies in federal and state courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, among others.
Catherine also spends significant time working with her clients and advising on the many day-to-day issues that arise with employees and enjoys helping her clients successfully navigate the often-turbulent waters of human resources.
Catherine is a regular speaker on labor and employment and human resources topics including, discrimination and harassment issues, the Family Medical Leave Act, wage and hour laws, the national labor relations act, public records requests, and best employment practices. She also provides ongoing education and training to many clients, which allows employers and their staff to identify and address human resources concerns with confidence.

Bill Nolan, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Bill Nolan serves as managing partner of the firm’s Ohio office, which he opened in 2009. Bill works to bring attentiveness and clarity to bear on employment, contract and other disputes, but is most passionate about helping clients build teams, policies and processes to minimize the frequency, cost and severity of disputes.
Bill's litigation and trial work includes covenant not to compete and trade secret cases in many states. He regularly represents employers in discrimination and discharge cases, administrative claims, arbitrations and mediations, as well as often acts as a neutral himself.
Bill helps clients maneuver around ever-increasing legal mandates, and has distinctive experience in employee health and leave issues and the many laws that those issues implicate. He also works with clients to design systems and practices to manage these challenges.
In addition, Bill counsels clients on a range of workplace issues, and conducts manager and workplace training to ensure legal compliance on the front lines. In 2018, he has given particular focus to tracking how employers and legislatures respond to #MeToo, and advocates that employers rethink their training models to better address persistent workplace behaviors.

Steve Tolbert, Frost Brown Todd, LLC
Steve is an associate in Frost Brown Todd’s Columbus office in the Labor and Employment Practice Group. Steve graduated from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2017. While in law school, Steve was a judicial extern for both Judge Michael H. Watson and Judge Michael R. Barrett in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, as well as for Judge Richard A. Frye in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. Steve also served on the Ohio State Law Journal as a staff editor, then articles editor. Steve volunteered his time in the summer to the Hamilton County Youth Court, a criminal diversion program for first-time juvenile offenders.

Jeff Lindemann, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Jeff is a member in the Labor and Employment Group of the law firm of Frost Brown Todd LLC in Columbus, Ohio. His practice is concentrated on the representation of employers in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, including employment discrimination and wrongful discharge advice and litigation, wage and hour advice and litigation, trade secret and covenant not to compete advice and litigation, ERISA litigation, and collective bargaining agreement negotiations and arbitrations. Much of Jeff’s practice is devoted to working with and advising companies as they work to comply with the wide variety of labor and employment statutes, rules and regulations that come into play in today’s workplace environment. Jeff is a regular speaker before both legal groups and various personnel and labor relations associations.
Jeff has represented a wide range of employers, including several health care institutions and providers, numerous manufacturing entities, and employers in the restaurant and service industry.

Alicia Miller, OJPC
Alicia Miller joined OJPC in 2019 as the Lead Attorney for the Second Chance Clinic where she helps people overcome criminal-records-based barriers to employment, housing, education, and positive community reintegration. The Second Chance project also specializes in record sealing, expungement, and Certificates of Qualification for Employment (CQEs).
Alicia is a 2014 graduate of University of Cincinnati College of Law. Upon graduation, Alicia served as a Public Defender at the Marion County Public Defender Agency in Indianapolis, Indiana. She represented over 1,500 indigent clients and became the Misdemeanor Division’s Assistant Chief where her main focus was significantly decreasing the amount of clients who stayed in jail after their first hearing and connecting them with resources such as treatment and housing.

Stacy Pollock, Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co. LPA
Ms. Pollock is a certified specialist in employment and labor law. She advises public and private employers in matters involving leave and discipline issues, personnel policy matters and labor negotiations and arbitrations. When necessary, she defends them in state and federal court. She has experience representing clients before various governmental administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the State Personnel Board of Review, the State Employment Relations Board and the Ohio Department of Education. Stacy also advises clients on workers’ compensation matters and regularly appears before the Industrial Commission. She also has considerable experience in education law, representing schools and school administrators involving employee and student disciplinary matters.
Prior to working in private practice, she worked as a staff attorney with the Ohio Legislative Service Commission in its state and local government section.

Jonathan Cachat, PhD, CCV Research
Jonathan is President & CEO of CCV Research.  CCV Research has research and developed the DSS SunGrown Indoor™ cultivation system. SunGrown Indoor technology dramatically reduces electrical demands, as well as water usage, by capturing natural sunlight and focusing an intense full color spectrum directly to the canopy. The Sungrown Indoor flower this environment produces is pristine, clean & pure - a luxury product that can be consumed with the finest of wines.
DSS SunGrown Indoor™ is the most sustainable indoor cultivation system both economically and environmentally. Integrating our technology into your operation will dramatically reduce COGs without sacrificing product quality. In fact, broad spectrum natural sunlight delivered to the canopy promotes higher and more diverse cannabinoid and terpenoid profiles.
Over 95% of legal cannabis is grown in controlled indoor/greenhouse environments. Problematically, this process uses far too much energy. If growth continues in line with analyst projections, the cannabis industry may derail our national climate action agenda.
We help cultivators solve this problem by integrating cutting-edge clean technology solutions into their facilities.

Pamela Krivda, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Pam has a unique background in both employment/labor law and Human Resources, which has contributed to her now serving as both a partner at Taft and as Taft’s own Chief Human Resources Officer.
In her law practice, Pam represents and defends public and private employers in all aspects of employment and labor relations matters. She holds the distinction of being Board Certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Specialist in the practice of Labor and Employment law.

For her labor and employment law clients, Pam provides counsel covering:
Solid, practical “what-to-do” advice to employers.
Defense of harassment, discrimination and other employment-related lawsuits and administrative proceedings.
Negotiations for private and public labor contracts, interpretation and arbitration.
Employer representation at trial and before administrative agencies.
Compliance experience in all employment/labor laws.
Other services for employers, including handbooks and policies, leaves of absence, accommodation, wage and hour, non-harassment, termination, separation agreements, reductions in force and last chance agreements.

As Taft’s Chief HR Officer, Pam is responsible for providing leadership and establishing and implementing human resources strategies to support the policies, practices and operations for the organization.
With more than 30 years' experience, Pam creates and delivers practical management training how-to programs specifically designed to teach effective employee management, within the confines of the law, to executives, managers and supervisors.

Devon Spencer,
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Devin is a member of the Litigation and Labor Employment practice groups. She counsels companies, school districts and employers on legal matters related to compliance and liability under federal and state employment laws. Her practice focuses on defending employers against claims brought by former or current employees, including wage and hour and discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Devin also has experience defending employers from claims brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Council (EEOC) and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC).
With her experience in employment law and litigation, Devin works closely with human resources professionals and employers at both large and small companies in Ohio and throughout the Midwest. She also advises clients on compliance issues, including job descriptions and applications, employment contracts, non-competition agreements and release and separation agreements.

Marc Fishel, Fishel Downey Albrecht & Riepenhoff LLP
Named a Super Lawyer since 2011 for his outstanding work in employment and labor law, Marc has also been recognized by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers® in America. He regularly represents public and private employers in all areas of labor and employment relations, including all facets of contract negotiations, litigation, mediation, conflict resolution procedures, disciplinary matters (arbitration and civil service), the daily administration of internal policies, state and federal laws, and collective bargaining agreements. He serves as lead counsel before administrative agencies pertaining to personnel matters. Marc represents employers in litigation matters in both state and federal court.
Marc also serves as the Law Director for the City of Bexley, representing the city in various aspects of municipal law.
Comfortable in the courtroom as well as the classroom, Marc believes his greatest contribution to clients comes from a proactive approach to employee relations and local governmental law. This means attending to small details such as ensuring proper preparation of employee handbooks and drug testing policies. He also assists clients with in-house education so their staff is up to speed on legal changes as they occur.



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