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- Employment Litigation
Employment Relations, Policies, and Regulatory Practice
- Covenants Not to Compete and Trade Secrets
- Drug and Alcohol Policies and Testing
- Employee Discipline and Termination
- Employment Counseling
- Employment Policies and Manuals
- Equal Employment Opportunity
- Family and Medical Leave Act
- Management Training
- Wage and Hour/Fair Labor Standards Act
- Whistleblower Protection
- Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act ("WARN")
- Workplace Harassment, Including Sexual Harassment
- Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1993, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Case Western Review Law Review, Associate and Executive Notes Editor, 1991-1993
- Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., 1990, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University Honors
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Mr. Griffaton is of counsel in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the labor and employment and government relations practice groups. He has significant experience in wage and hour law, employee noncompetition, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act), and legislative affairs. In his practice he advises a variety of Ohio and national employers on policy development, personnel matters and litigation avoidance and represents them before government agencies and the courts and through alternative dispute resolution.
His notable experience includes:
- Principle architect of Ohio’s new minimum wage law (H.B. 690)
- Conducting sexual harassment, Equal Employment Opportunity and general human resources training
- Defending and advising employers regarding state and federal wage-hour laws, class actions, and collective actions
- Drafting, advising employers regarding, and litigating non-competition agreements
Mr. Griffaton has given presentations on Ohio’s new minimum wage law to Honda of America suppliers and to the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants. He has also presented testimony before the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate.
Mr. Griffaton received his J.D. magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law where he was the executive notes editor of the Case Western Law Review and was the recipient of the Theodore Sindell Prize for the Best Essay in Tort Law and the American Jurisprudence Award for research and writing. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan where he was Phi Beta Kappa.
Professional and Community Activities
- Ohio Humanities Council, Board of Trustees, 2004-2011; Chair, 2007-2011
- Actors’ Theatre Company, Board of Directors, First Vice President and Secretary, 2002-2005
- Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Board of Trustees, 1998-2004
- Community 21 (Columbus Community Cable Access, Inc.), Board of Trustees, First Vice President, 1997-2002
Honors & Awards
- American Jurisprudence Award in Research and Writing
- Theodore Sindell Award for Best Essay in Tort Law
- 10/15/2014Labor and Employment Alert: Under the Microscope: The EEOC Takes a Close Look at Severance AgreementsOne of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) enforcement priorities is to target policies that discourage or prohibit individuals from exercising their rights under employment discrimination statutes or that impede the EEOC's investigative or enforcement efforts. Recently, the EEOC has targeted settlement provisions that appear to prohibit filing EEOC charges or that appear to restrict the ability of an employee to provide the EEOC with information to assist in investigating and prosecuting discrimination claims.
- 9/19/2014The latest edition of the Ohio Statehouse Update covers two high profile pieces of legislation that were passed this spring, as well as ongoing legislative committee hearings and meetings regarding pending bills and policy issues.
- 5/28/2014Legislators returned to Columbus this week after the Memorial Day weekend for what is likely their last two weeks of work before they break for the summer. Several high profile bills are scheduled for action before the summer break. They include SB 310, a controversial measure to put a two-year freeze on renewable and alternative energy standards, and HB 483, one of the Mid Biennial Budget Review (MBR) bills introduced by Governor John Kasich earlier this year.
- 3/25/2014The state’s two-year Capital Appropriations measure, House Bill 497, was introduced in the Ohio House on March 18. This year’s Capital Bill allocates $2.39 billion, largely bond-backed funding for brick-and-mortar construction and renovation projects for state agencies, colleges, universities and school districts. Also, for the first time in six years, the Capital Bill goes beyond funding construction and renovation needs for state-owned properties, providing approximately $160 million in funding for additional “community projects” identified as priorities across various regions of the state.
- 2/25/2014Ohio Statehouse Update: Governor Kasich Announces New Initiatives at Ohio State of the State AddressGovernor John R. Kasich announced new policy initiatives relating to education, workforce development and tax reform at his Monday night State of the State address in Medina. His proposals will be presented to the legislature as part of the Mid-Biennial Budget Review (MBR). The timetable for introduction of the MBR remains uncertain.
- 9/27/2013Just like the students who head back to school in August and the birds that start their journey south for the winter, legislators began their migration to Columbus in September. And your U. S. senators and congressmen are back at work in Washington.
- 7/1/2013On Sunday evening, Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 59, the state's two-year, $62 billion budget into law, just in time for the beginning of the new state fiscal year on July 1, 2013.
- 6/26/2013Ohio Statehouse Update: House-Senate Conference Committee Reports Compromise Version of State Budget BillLast night on a 4-2 party line vote the Conference Committee on House Bill 59, led by the chairmen of the House and Senate Finance Committees, Rep. Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) and Sen. Scott Oelslager (R-Canton), reported a compromise version of the state’s biennial budget bill that will now head to the House and Senate floor for a final vote to accept the changes.
- 5/29/2013Yesterday afternoon the Senate Finance Committee unveiled a substitute version of House Bill 59, the state biennial budget bill. The substitute legislation incorporates many changes, significant among which is the replacement of an across-the-board 7% income tax cut proposed in the House-passed version of the bill with a tax cut package specifically targeted at helping small businesses in Ohio.
- 4/10/2013The Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Committee accepted a substitute version of House Bill 59, the state’s biennial budget bill, at a hearing yesterday afternoon. Among numerous significant changes in the bill, the substitute legislation removes Governor Kasich’s proposed tax reforms and replaces them with an across the board 7% income tax reduction, and removes the proposed expansion of Medicaid that was projected to leverage $2.4 billion in federal funds to provide coverage for uninsured Ohioans over the next two years.
- 12/19/2012On Thursday, the Ohio General Assembly concluded its business for the 2011-2012 legislative session. The House and Senate debated a number of important measures during the fast-paced "Lame Duck"session following the November general election.
- 11/7/2012This alert details results of the 2012 primary election.
- 10/25/2012With the elections right around the corner, Vorys is providing you with unique insights from both sides of the aisle on the upcoming races.
- 10/3/2012With the November 6 General Election only five weeks away, the political campaign season is kicking into high gear. Here is a preview of the major candidate races and issues that will be on the ballot in Ohio.
- 10/1/2012The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission held its first meeting on September 13, 2012. The Commission was created through the passage of House Bill 188 earlier this year, and is tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of the Ohio Constitution, and making recommendations to the General Assembly regarding changes to the Constitution, including recommendations for changes to the process for proposing constitutional amendments.
- 2/29/2012Every 10 years, following the census, the Ohio Apportionment Board is tasked with redrawing Ohio’s House and Senate districts to reflect changes in population. The Ohio legislative districts must include 99 House Districts and 33 Senate Districts.
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