FDAR Attorneys Named Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, and Ones to Watch in Best Lawyers in America® 2023 Edition!
Congratulations to Fishel Downey Albrecht & Riepenhoff attorneys Daniel T. Downey and Marc A. Fishel for achieving "Lawyer of the Year" in the 2023 Edition of Best Lawyers in America! Kudos to Benjamin S. Albrecht, Daniel T. Downey, and Marc A. Fishel for being named as Best Lawyers, and to Angelica M. Jarmusz and Stephanie L. Schoolcraft for being recognized in Best Lawyers - Ones to Watch in America. Recognition by Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by their peers. With its core mission to highlight the top legal talent in America, we are proud to have these members of our team named in the 29th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America! Our attorneys were recognized in the following practice areas: Daniel T. Downey ~ Best [...]
David Riepenhoff Shares His Expertise as the Columbus City School District and the Teachers’ Union Try to Reach an Agreement
With the first day of school rapidly approaching, the Columbus School District and the Columbus Education Association (teachers' union) are still negotiating to finalize this year's contract. Partner David Riepenhoff appeared on NBC4i and shared his thoughts on the process. You may read more and view the interview by clicking here.
Congratulations to Benjamin Albrecht for being selected to serve New Albany in the role of Law Director! He will be assisted by Associate David Moser. As FDAR is located in New Albany, we are excited to have this opportunity to continue to serve and grow our relationship with the city! For more news on this announcement, click here.
Most of the time, the need for providing a religious accommodation is obvious. An employee will submit a religious exemption request, and the employer will engage in the interactive process with the employee to determine what accommodation will appropriately address the employee's religious needs. However, there are times where the need for a religious accommodation is obvious and reoccurring, placing the employer on notice of the need for the accommodation. A similar, albeit extreme, example of this occurred recently at a Canton high school. A student on the high school’s football team missed a practice and upon his return was forced to eat a pepperoni pizza while his teammates ran laps around him. However, the student had a religious opposition to pork, as he was a member of the Hebrew Israelite faith, which was known to the coaches who previously [...]
On March 3, 2022 President Biden signed the bipartisan Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (“The Act”) into law. The Act amends the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) to prohibit the mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment and sexual assault claims in arbitration agreements. The Act applies to all sexual harassment and sexual assault claims that arise or accrue on or after March 3, 2022. Thus, any claims that existed prior to March 3, 2022 can still be subjected to mandatory arbitration, but the mere presence of an arbitration agreement entered into before March 3, 2022 with a mandatory arbitration clause for such claims does not exempt the Act’s required changes. Consequently, any pre-dispute arbitration agreements for sexual assault and sexual harassment claims arising on or after March 3, 2022 are invalid and unenforceable. However, the [...]