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SPBR Conf. - Postponed
Start: Friday, April 17, 2020
End: Friday, April 17, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Crowne Plaza Columbus North – Worthington
6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
SPBR Conference - Panel discussion on Social Media, Sexual Harassment & the

Event Postponed

We plan to reschedule this event at a later date. If you registered for this training we will be in contact with you via email.  



Conference Description

The State Personnel Board of Review (SPBR) Conference is for those new to the field of managing exempt employees in the classified civil service and non-exempt employees in the classified service. This conference also applies to those having collective bargaining agreements that allow for an appeal to the SPBR Board.

This SPBR Conference is also for new or current managers, union officials, attorneys, staff, human resource professionals, and those who are or will be working in positions where they need to know how Ohio’s laws and court decisions govern public employment issues. 

Content is presented by professionals in the field who speak from the perspective of daily experience. Materials are designed to give you easy access to the provisions of the law and the rules you need to consult. 

The SPBR Conference represents the fastest way we know to get up to speed on current and hot topics in addition to a broader understanding of Ohio Revised Code Chapter 124.


Click on each session below for additional details. 

08:00 - 09:00    Registration / Check-in 

Continental Breakfast includes:
Fresh Baked Assorted Danish & Muffins, and Fresh Fruit.
Coffee and Tea will also be available.

09:00-10:00    Workplace Challenges: Civility, Bullying, Harassment, and Discrimination

Jonathan J. Downes, Esq., Attorney
Zashin & Rich Co., L.P.A.

Session Description:
Employers and employees are more cognizant of the requirements for work environments free from illegal harassment. Employers are concentrating on work environments centered on Civility opposing Bullying providing the basis to prevent Harassment. This session identifies the processes used to identify a civil workplace and, with examples, provides the outline of bullying which is inappropriate in the workplace. Harassment, with examples, which violates discrimination laws concludes the last half of the session. This session merges the Human Resources issues with the legal standards for Harassment/Discrimination providing definitions and examples.

10:00-10:15    Break

10:15-11:15    Difficult Workplace Conversations

Patricia A. Rubright, Esq., Of Counsel
Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A.

Helen M. Robinson, Esq., Attorney 
Marshall & Forman, LLC

Session Description:

11:15-12:15    Fact vs Fiction: Disciplinary Case Re-enactment

James R. Sprague, Esq., Chief Administrative Law Judge
State Employment Relations Board

Raymond M. Geis, Esq., Administrative Law Judge
State Employment Relations Board

Featured Guests:
Robert E. Fekete, Esq., Staff Attorney / Administrative Law Judge
State Employment Relations Board

Tammi Blount, Researcher
State Employment Relations Board

Marcie Scholl, Esq., Attorney

Session Description:
During this session you will witness and participate in an abbreviated and fictionalized model of a typical SPBR hearing. It is designed as a condensed but authentic representation of proceedings. Please listen carefully so you may thoughtfully decide whether the employer proved the employee’s misconduct in this case.

12:15-01:15    Lunch

Menu will be posted prior to event.

01:15-02:45    Social Media in 2020

Marc A. Fishel, Esq., Partner
Fishel Downey Albrecht Riepenhoff, LLP

Session Description:
The presentation will focus on the legal issues of restricting employee use of social media both on and off duty as well as the impact of social media on employee discipline and unlawful discrimination cases. Information will include constitutional limitations for public employers concerning regulating employee social media use and interactions with the public. Discussion will also address best practices concerning social media policies.

02:45-03:00    Break

03:00-04:00    Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: Public Employee Discipline

Joseph Hegedus, Esq., Attorney
Ohio Patrolman's Benevolent Association (OPBA)

Douglas E. Duckett, Esq., Attorney
Duckett Law Firm, LLC 

Session Description:
Attorneys who have long represented public employers and employees and unions will discuss the issue of disciplining public sector employees.  What are the statutory grounds for discipline under Ohio law and how does that relate to "just cause"?  What about off-duty misconduct?  What is the role of the pre-disciplinary hearing and what is required?  And what are some of the trickier questions that can arise under this framework, posing major challenges to both sides and to the SPBR as adjudicator?  Attendees will learn what is expected as well as some of the pitfalls.

04:00               Adjourn