Date(s) - 02/15/22
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Remote Workers, Vaccines, and other Work-related Issues in the Pandemic

Virtual Meeting

Employers and employees continue to make adjustments in the workplace under the parameters of the labor and employment laws.  New and expanded applications of laws to the Covid environment continue including the application of FMLA, ADA, leaves, insurance, benefits, collective bargaining, etc.  Access to dispute resolution has been impacted with both challenging and positive effects.  This session will provide a review of some of the developing issues and how these attorneys have addressed these challenges.

Our speakers are Attorney Steven Lazarus and Attorney Johnathan Downes.

Jonathan Downes

Jonathan Downes – Mr. Downes has over 30 years of experience in practicing labor and employment law in Ohio and has successfully negotiated over 500 labor agreements and has presented over 100 impasse proceedings and 100 arbitrations. He represents cities, townships, counties, school districts, and public officials throughout the State of Ohio. Mr. Downes also represents private employers in employment matters. He has argued cases before the Ohio Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is also certified by the Ohio State Bar Association (“OSBA”) as a Specialist in Labor and Employment law. Mr. Downes lectures frequently on many topics including state and federal employment and labor law developments, civil rights, civil service, arbitration, and collective bargaining.

He served on the Civil Service Review Commission for the State of Ohio, authored “Civil Service Law in Ohio,” and edits the Westlaw annual publication of the “Ohio Civil Service and Collective Bargaining Laws and Rules Annotated.” Mr. Downes was also a member of the OSBA’s Board of Governors for the Labor and Employment Law Section, is a member of the Ohio Management Lawyers Association, and a charter member and past president of the Ohio Public Employers Labor Relations Association. Mr. Downes volunteers in his community in various capacities including serving on boards of a public library and two charter schools and advises a high school mock trial team.

Stephen Lazarus

Stephen S. Lazarus – Mr. Lazarus is a principal in the law firm of Lazarus & Lewis, LLC.  He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law (J.D. 1988).  His practice is focused on the representation of public employees and their unions.  Representation encompasses contract negotiations, pre-disciplinary hearings and disciplinary appeals, lay-offs and job abolishments, litigation and appeals related to promotional examinations and civil service rules.  For over thirty years, Mr. Lazarus has acted as an advocate for public employee unions in hundreds of labor arbitrations through a statutory impasse procedure, and through negotiated procedures for disciplinary appeals and contract interpretation grievances.  Mr. Lazarus also defends public employees when civil rights violations are alleged.

Mr. Lazarus is a member of the Cincinnati, Ohio, and Kentucky State Bar Associations.  He has lectured on civil service law, effective arbitration advocacy, and negotiation strategy for the Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Education Association, Cincinnati Bar Association, National Academy of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association, Ohio State Employment Relations Board, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Cincinnati Bar Association, Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters, Arbitration and Mediation Service and University of Cincinnati College of Law.


Meeta Bass, COLERA President and Arbitrator/Mediator

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