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Jennifer represents clients throughout Ohio in both federal and state courts in litigation matters related to employment agreements, personnel policies and workers’ compensation. With previous experience working in-house as a human resources manager and attorney in the public sector, Jennifer has direct experience working with clients on labor and employment issues such as recruitment, performance evaluations, disciplinary actions, benefits programs, collective bargaining matters and ensuring employee procedures and policies are in compliance with state and federal laws.

On November 16, 2022, the Digital Services Act (DSA) took effect across the European Union (EU). The DSA establishes new regulations applicable to “online intermediaries,” such as online marketplaces, social network platforms, and internet service providers. The DSA was implemented to encourage market growth and establish clear and transparent accountability for digital spaces. Although the DSA has been in effect for nearly eight months, the European Parliament (“Parliament”) has allowed for a transitional period before full application. This transitional period ends on February 17, 2024. Beginning on this date, organizations must have the requisite procedures in place to address DSA requirements.Continue Reading Full Steam Ahead: EU’s Digital Services Act Creates Global Impact

In addition to ongoing privacy and security related issues, one of the hot spots for litigation has been the accessibility of websites. In this post, we will lay out the current legal landscape and what the ADA requires. We will also provide practical next steps to help your company not only manage its compliance requirements, but also leverage your website to produce a more inclusive customer experience.
Continue Reading ADA Website Accessibility and Liability: Why Businesses Need to Develop a Strategy… Now.

Losing a job and struggling with finances have added significant stress to those trying to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is no secret that for weeks, state departments administering unemployment compensation have been under fire due to massive backlogs of unprocessed claims. Adding to claimants’ frustrations are a number of security incidents affecting several states’ agencies. We previously reported that the Small Business Administration experienced a breach compromising personal data for thousands of applications for financial assistance. Now we are seeing state level entities experiencing security compromises.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is unemployment compensation available to self-employed and “gig” workers. In the past several weeks, thousands of workers in several states who applied for PUA received notice that their personal information was possibly exposed to other users. The personal information exposed included social security numbers, addresses, names, and the amount workers were receiving in benefits. Fortunately, at least at this time, there is no evidence personal information was misused and the alerts from the states were preventative.
Continue Reading Adding Insult to Injury: Government Agency Security Incidents Expose Unemployed Personal Data