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Ask the Attorney – Data Privacy Regulations

By:  Jen Horn Q:       I keep hearing about various data privacy regulations being passed, but my company does not do business overseas. Should I still be thinking about doing anything, and if so, why?  A:      Yes, absolutely! The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that took effect in May arguably has gotten the most press because [… read more]

HR Compliance “How to be prepared in the era of #MeToo”

By:  Amy Kullik In large part due to the #MeToo social media movement, the issue of workplace sexual harassment is trending. Now is the time for employers to ensure that they are in compliance with federal and state laws prohibiting workplace discrimination, including harassment.  Employers should have a solid harassment policy, training, and consistent enforcement [… read more]

Ohio Businesses Will Soon Be Incentivized to Implement Cybersecurity Programs

By:  Jen Horn Companies that take reasonable cybersecurity precautions against data breaches will have a distinct advantage starting in November. That’s because Ohio’s Data Protection Act, which Governor John Kasich signed in August, formally takes effect November 2nd. The Act, the first legislation of its kind in the country, creates a legal incentive for businesses [… read more]

Legal status of blockchain signatures is affirmed

Ohio’s Data Protection Act is also one of the first laws in the country to recognize documents secured by blockchain technology as legal documents. An amendment to the Act updated Ohio’s existing Uniform Electronic Transactions Law to now state that “a record or contract secured through blockchain technology is considered to be in an electronic [… read more]

It’s “wait and see” on impact of Chinese tariffs

By:  Ed Patton With President Donald Trump’s additional $200 billion dollars in trade tariffs on China now in effect, the focus turns to their impact. The tariffs, which began on Monday, encompass a wide variety of goods, ranging from seafood and vegetables to auto parts and construction material. And while they began at 10 percent, [… read more]

Cleveland’s Public Square Named One of 15 Great Places by the American Planning Association

Mansour Gavin President Tony Coyne accepted an award for Cleveland’s Public Square from the American Planning Association on September 25, 2018. The APA added Public Square to its flagship program, Great Places in America. Coyne serves as Chairman of The Group Plan Commission, the group responsible for Public Square’s revitalization. For more information on the [… read more]

Jim Budzik to speak at NBI Seminar in Akron, Ohio on October 1, 2018

Jim Budzik will be a Speaker at the NBI Seminar – Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now – on October 1, 2018 in Akron Ohio.  Jim will be speaking on workplace behavior and privacy issues. SEMINAR DETAILS: Date:         Monday, October 1, 2018 Time:         9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Location:   Doubletree Hotel – Akron/Fairlawn Jim is a member [… read more]

John Monroe – quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Mansour Gavin Shareholder John Monroe was recently quoted in a front-page article that appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on August 12, 2018 regarding membership interest sales used to transfer title to real estate. When asked about recent legislative efforts to “close” the alleged legal loophole, Monroe opined that such efforts were “wrongheaded.” Monroe stated, “I’m not [… read more]

“Ask the Attorney” – Rescinding an offer based upon a recent conviction for violent crime.

By:  Amy Kullik Q:       We received a background check on a candidate that showed a recent conviction for violent crime.  Do we have to tell him that the background check report is why we are rescinding his offer of employment? A:       Yes. When conducting a post-offer background check on a job candidate, employers must follow the [… read more]

Arbitration Agreements, Class Action Lawsuits, and the Supreme Court’s Ruling

By:  Ken Smith The Supreme Court of the United States recently issued a major decision in the case Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that upholds the rights of employers to require its employees to pursue individual arbitration for resolving employment disputes. In Epic Systems, a company employee sought to file a lawsuit against his employer [… read more]

Union Dues and the First Amendment: What the Janus Ruling Means for You

By:  Jim Budzik Ohio’s public sector landscape will likely be changing dramatically, thanks to yesterday’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court vote in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31.  The Supreme Court overturned a 1977 decision that allowed “fair share,” or “agency,” fees to be collected from all public employees, regardless [… read more]

Gender Transition in the Workplace: Navigating the Restroom Situation

By:  Amy Kullik Over the last few years, the most frequent question we’ve been asked relating to transgender issues in the workplace relates to which bathroom, or which locker room, should a transgender employee use. We propose that the bigger question should be “What are the best practices?” when addressing transgender employees in the workplace. [… read more]

New Employee Handbook Guidelines Offer Clarity for Businesses

By:  Jeff Embleton The new General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, appointed by President Donald J. Trump, rolled back controversial handbook rules promulgated under the Obama Board. General Counsel Peter Robb has announced new guidelines on interpretation of handbook policies and rules. These new guidelines overturn a number of controversial decisions under the Obama Board [… read more]

General Counsel of NLRB offers Employers Relief on Handbook rules and Policies

By:  Jeff Embleton WHITE PAPER Continuing an effort to reverse or modify many of the employee and union-friendly policies promulgated by his predecessor, the NLRB’s General Counsel, Peter Robb, announced new guidance on handbook rules and policies following the NLRB’s decision in the Boeing Company (2017). Many employers may recall that the former General Counsel [… read more]


For months, you likely have been seeing articles or receiving e-mails on the topic of the European Union’s (EU) new privacy regulations, termed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which go into effect on May 25th. You may have skimmed them, or you may have hit “delete,” thinking they don’t apply to your small business. [… read more]

General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)

In less than three weeks, the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) will go into effect. Are you ready? More importantly, do you understand what the GDPR means and whether (or how) it might affect your company? Starting on May 25, the GDPR will apply in each of the European Union’s 28 member states. The [… read more]

Eight over 80 – Ernie Mansour

Ernie Mansour was named one of Crain’s Cleveland Business’ “Eight Over 80” published in the April 30th edition. The magazine acknowledged Ernie and seven other individuals over 80 that have made a significant difference in Northeast Ohio. As discussed in the article, Ernie and fellow law school classmate, Mike Gavin, started Mansour Gavin after graduating from Western [… read more]

Mansour Gavin Attorney Anthony Coyne will be a Presenter at the Eminent Domain Institute’s Conference Entitled Attorney-Appraiser Collaboration in Columbus, Ohio

Tony Coyne will be a presenter at the Eminent Domain Institute’s program in Columbus, Ohio. The two-day conference will feature an overview of Eminent Domain Law and Policy, Mediation, Jury Selection, Trial Strategy, Quick-Takes and more. The Program will consist of attorneys, mediators, government officials, and appraisers to share their experience and knowledge on eminent domain topics. Tony, along with [… read more]

Mansour Gavin Attorney Veronica Garofoli selected to be a panelist at Cleveland State University’s Women’s Leadership Symposium

Veronica Garofoli, a Cleveland Marshall College of Law graduate, was selected to be one of the four panelists discussing Women Serving on Non-Profit Boards. The panel consists of a cross-selection of panelists including a CEO, board member and junior board member of large non-profits and board member of a small non-profit. EVENT DETAILS When:     Tuesday, April 10, 2018 [… read more]

Mansour Gavin Attorney Miles Welo to present at Syracuse University – College of Law – 4th Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium

Miles Welo will be speaking and participating on a 3-member panel at Syracuse University’s 4th Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium. Miles will participate in the panel entitled Maximizing the Attorney-Agent’s Ability to Advertise and Use Social Media While Maintaining Compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. EVENT DETAILS When:     Friday, April 6, 2018 Location: Syracuse University (Melanie Gray [… read more]

Charles Brown Named Attorney of the Month in Attorney at Law Magazine

Attorney at Law magazine named Mansour Gavin Shareholder Chuck Brown as attorney of the month. Chuck has had a celebrated career in law and in Cleveland — did you know he served first as a magistrate, then as a chief magistrate, then as a probate court mediator before he joined our firm? In the article, Chuck [… read more]

Mansour Gavin Attorney Edward “Ed” Patton to present at City of Mentor Seminar – Documentation for Export Compliance

Ed Patton’s talk titled, “Documentation for Export Compliance,” is intended to develop a working knowledge of export documentation for export transactions and related activities, including export licenses/applications and required supporting forms, certifications and other information, export shipping, item classification, customer screening and required recordkeeping. The seminar is tailored for compliance officers, business development executives, and [… read more]

Up Side of Downs’ Sunburst Gala – A Night to Celebrate and Shine

Mansour Gavin is a proud sponsor of the Up Side of Downs’ Sunburst Gala – A Night to Celebrate and Shine. The event will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center. The Up Side of Downs exists to provide support, education and advocacy for people with Downs [… read more]

IP Primer: Evaluation and Protection of Your Company’s Most Unique Asset

AN INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION AND PANEL DISCUSSION FROM MANSOUR GAVIN LPA’S CORPORATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES GROUP Gain insight and practical guidance to advance your intellectual property business goals – whether you want to determine value for a potential acquisition or sale, or learn how to best protect your IP. * * * * * * * [… read more]

Harassment & Discrimination – Managing Your Risk

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:30 AM- 10:00 AM  Newbury Business Park Training Center 12373 Kinsman Road, Building C, Newbury OH 44065                                      With sexual harassment taking center stage in the news worldwide, Geauga Growth Partnership (GGP) is pleased to offer a training opportunity by Mansour Gavin LPA, Shareholder, Amy L. Kullik, on Managing Risk of Harassment [… read more]

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