A Fresh Look at Recent SERB Decisions, Public Employment Law Trends, and Recent Data


April 16, 2024    
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


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A Fresh Look at Recent SERB Decisions, Public Employment Law Trends, and Recent Data

Virtual Meeting

Speakers will discuss hot topics in labor law and provide a comprehensive analysis of recent SERB decisions, a review of the Youngstown City School District Board of Education emergency strike hearing, and information regarding the most recent fact-finding, insurance, and wage settlement reports for collective bargaining in Ohio.

This course will provide updates on recent decisions by the Ohio State Employment Relations Board (SERB).  Specifically, the speakers will discuss cases related to matters which are mandatory subjects of bargaining, an employer’s use of recording devices in the workplace, impact bargaining matters, and challenges to what constitutes an appropriate bargaining unit in Ohio’s public sector.  They also will discuss the emergency strike hearing held by SERB last summer to determine whether the Youngstown Education Association teachers strike with the Youngstown City School District Board of Education was legal, as well as trends they are seeing in the public sector regarding matters such as bargaining, fact-finding, health insurance, and wages.


We are pleased to welcome:

Robert Fekete – Judge Fekete is SERB’s Staff Attorney and an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

Judge Fekete joined SERB from the Office of the Ohio Attorney General where he was a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Employment Law Section.  In that position, he appeared before state and federal courts and administrative agencies and represented the State of Ohio in an array of employment, civil service, and traditional labor matters including labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and representation matters. Prior to returning to his home state of Ohio, Judge Fekete practiced law in the New York City metropolitan area at a large firm representing both private companies and public entities.

Judge Fekete is an active member of the legal community.  He previously served as the Chapter President, and is a current Board Member, of the Central Ohio Labor and Employment Relations Association (COLERA) and was appointed in 2010 to the Labor and Employment Law Section Council of the Ohio State Bar Association where he is the co-editor of the Labor and Employment Law Newsletter.

Judge Fekete received his B.A. in Psychology from Chaminade University and his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.  While in law school, he interned at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Washington, D.C., and in the Investor Protection and Securities Bureau in the Office of the New York Attorney General. He is also veteran of the United States Navy where he served in naval intelligence.

Daniel Sabol – Daniel Sabol is SERB’s Labor Relations Administrator.  In this role, Dan oversees the Investigations and Representation sections.

Prior to joining SERB, Mr. Sabol represented public and private employers in a wide range of labor and employment practice areas, with a focus on public sector labor law.  This included representing public employers in CBA negotiations, grievance hearings, arbitrations, and fact findings, as well as advising employers, boards, commissions, administrators, and human resource directors on compliance with federal, state and local laws, and regulations.

Mr. Sabol is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section Council of the Ohio State Bar Association.  He received his B.A. in Business with Concentrations in Management & Marketing from Wittenberg University and his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Methods of Program Interactivity

The sponsor will be able to identify individuals who are actively engaged in the program through the usage of devices such as: email addresses of attendees, confidential passwords, being able to see other attendees through the usage of video, random polling in that attendees will be required to type their names and registration numbers in the chat box as a form of proof at multiple times during the presentation in order to show they are still present and attentive, and a record of attendees’ log on and log off times.

In addition, methods of interactivity will include course attendees being able to view the presenter in real-time, being able to have active and direct audience participation through personally being able to ask the presenter live questions in real time through unmuting and/or “raising” hands and/or usage of the chatroom function.  Each attendee will also be able to see and/or hear all questions and answers which are asked or posted in real time, and they will have the option to interact with each other and the moderator through the chat board and through additional questions at the end of the pre-recorded session as needed.  Attendees will be provided with a course evaluation and a certificate of completion.  Finally, the presenter will have usage of webinar software permitting them to share their desktop, documents, and/or PowerPoint presentations in real time.

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