Labor and Employment
- Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
- Employer Internal Investigations
- 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
- Labor/Management Relations
- The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2002, with Honors
- Wittenberg University, B.A., 1999, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Dan is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the labor and employment group. He has significant experience with ERISA litigation, employment discrimination cases, wage and hour class actions and collective actions, collective bargaining, and traditional labor disputes.
His notable experience includes:
- Successfully defending plan sponsors in ERISA breach of fiduciary duty litigation
- Defending clients in nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions
- Successfully representing plan sponsors in litigation challenging benefit determination
- Representing multiemployer plans and employers in delinquent contribution and withdrawal liability matters
- Obtaining a judgment in favor of a national employer in a case of race discrimination brought by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission
- Negotiating numerous collective bargaining agreements for manufacturers
Dan has lectured on topics relating to harassment training, employee relations, workplace investigations, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Dan is also a member of Vorys' drone and autonomous vehicle working group.
Dan received his J.D. with honors from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law. He also participated in the Ohio State Summer Law Program at Oxford University in 2000. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Wittenberg University where he received the Jeffery Mao Award in Political Science and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Professional and Community Activities
- The Children's Center for Development Enrichment, Board Member
- Lettuce Work, Board Member
- Ohio Supreme Court, Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentor
Honors & Awards
- Columbus CEO, Top Lawyers in Columbus, 2015
- The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2022
- Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Employment & Labor, 2010, 2013-2016
- 12/8/2021In this special edition of the Vorys at Work Podcast, we present a previously recorded webinar focused on the OSHA’s Private-Sector Vaccination/Testing Mandate.
- 8/19/2021116 Vorys Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers in America List; 34 Vorys Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers’ “Ones to Watch” ListOne hundred and sixteen lawyers from Vorys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® 2022 edition. In addition, 34 Vorys attorneys were named to the 2022 Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” list.
- 12/2/2015Vorys is pleased to announce that 63 attorneys from the firm have been named 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
- 5/19/2015Dan Clark, a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the labor and employment group, was quoted in a Law360 story titled “Lawyers Weigh In On High Court ERISA Ruling.”
- 12/3/2014Vorys is pleased to announce that 74 attorneys from the firm have been named 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
- 12/4/2013Eighty-one attorneys from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP have been named 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. 57 Vorys attorneys were named 2014 Ohio Super Lawyer and 24 Vorys attorneys were named 2014 Ohio Rising Stars.
- 1/2/2013Vorys announced that Matthew E. Albers, Tiffany Bingham Briscoe, Daniel J. Clark, Whitney C. Gibson, Robert J. Krummen, Christina M. Lyons, Joseph B. Mann, Timothy B. McGranor, Adam L. Miller, Ariel A. Mullin, William H. Oldach, III, Nicholas M.J. Ray, and Michael J. Settineri have been named partners of the firm.
- 12/17/2012Seventy-Seven attorneys from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease have been named 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
- 11/8/2021Vorys attorneys hosted a webinar to discuss the OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which requires certain private-sector companies to regularly test non-vaccinated employees.
- 1/26/2021Vorys attorneys Chaz Billington and Dan Clark hosted a complimentary webinar on Ohio's newly passed Employment Law Uniformity Act (ELUA).
- 12/16/2020Doing Business Between U.S. and Canada? What you Need to Know. Can I work from Here? Employment & Tax Issues with Remote WorkersPartnering with McMillan, Vorys attorneys Dan Clark and Jeffery Allen Miller hosted a virtual panel discussion on taxation and employment considerations when doing business between U.S. and Canada.
- 10/1/2020Vorys Partners Dan Clark and Jackie Ford joined Trisha Corbin, Senior Corporate Counsel for Safelite Group, Inc., for a webinar on October 1, 2020 hosted by Lexology that addressed HR-related challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 4/16/2020The fifth installment of Vorys' multi-disciplinary webinar series on the various business and legal implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) took place on Thursday, April 16, 2020.
- 4/15/2020In this Vorys at Work webinar on April 15, 2020, Vorys attorneys Dan Clark, Michael Ball and Akilah Craig answered the questions they are frequently fielding from our unionized clients and provided tips to reduce risk during these unprecedented times.
- 3/18/2020Vorys hosted a complimentary webinar as a part of the Vorys at Work labor and employment law webinar series titled, “Coronavirus Considerations for Employers” on March 18, 2020.
- 10/16/2019The Vorys benefits team hosted the inaugural Vorys Benefits Conferences in Cincinnati on September 11, 2019 and in Columbus on October 16, 2019. These conferences were designed and developed specifically for in-house benefits professionals.
- 1/20/2016Vorys Partner Dan Clark presented "Recent litigation in Multi-Employer Pension Funds Since the 2014 Pension Reform Act" to the members of the Columbus Bar Association's Employee Benefits Committee on January 20, 2016.
- 11/20/2015Vorys attorneys Dan Clark, Lisa Forbes and Greg Russell were speakers at the Oil and Gas Update hosted by the Ohio State Bar Association Natural Resources Law Committee on November 20, 2015.
- 3/11/2013Several Vorys attorneys presented at the seminar, HIPAA, HITECH and Confidentially Training, on March 11, 2013. The training seminar was hosted by the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers.
- 11/8/2012Vorys attorneys Craig Auge and Dan Clark presented on employment law and technology at the TechColumbus HR Executive Forum on November 8, 2012 at the Polaris Brio.
- 1/24/2022Friday afternoon, January 21, 2022, yet another of the Biden administration’s attempts to require COVID-19 vaccinations was blocked.
- 1/21/2022After nearly two years of frustrating uncertainty regarding whether employers are required to pay employees for time spent undergoing COVID testing or health screenings, the United States’ Department of Labor (DOL) has finally provided some guidance.
- 12/23/2021Keeping up with the status of the various federal vaccine mandates over the past few months has felt like riding a bumpy and exhausting rollercoaster. In the hope that what follows lessens your confusion as you prepare for the holidays, the Vorys COVID Task Force has prepared a roundup of the latest on each of the federal mandates, with guidance on what to monitor as we head into 2022. We recognize that this information is likely to change in the coming days, but for now here are where things stand.
- 12/18/2021The legal battle over the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency temporary standard on COVID-19 (the ETS) took another dramatic twist on Friday night. Mere days after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to hear the matter en banc, a three judge panel dissolved the stay previously entered by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- 12/16/2021As previously reported, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals – the court selected to hear the consolidated challenges to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency temporary standard on COVID-19 (the ETS) – needed to decide an important procedural matter before addressing the merits of the challenge to the ETS. On December 15, 2021, the Sixth Circuit decided that procedural matter, ruling that the case would be heard by a three-judge panel chosen at random rather than en banc by the entire Sixth Circuit.
- 11/24/2021While most Americans feast on turkey and stuffing this week, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will dig in to motions and briefing regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency temporary standard on COVID-19 (the ETS).
- 11/13/2021Fifth Circuit extends its block on OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard, but the battle is just beginningAs we previously reported, on November 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a long awaited emergency temporary standard (the ETS) on COVID-19.
- 11/5/2021On November 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a long awaited emergency temporary standard (the ETS) on COVID-19.
- 7/30/2021On April 27, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors from $10.95 per hour to $15.00 per hour, effective January 30, 2022.
- 7/14/2021On July 9, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order “to promote competition in the American economy, which will lower prices for families, increase wages for workers, and promote innovation and even faster economic growth.”
- 6/9/2021On May 28, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its “What you should know about COVID-19” Frequently Asked Questions, providing some long-awaited guidance about COVID-19 vaccination policies and incentives.
- 6/7/2021On May 28, 2021, the EEOC updated its “What you should know about COVID-19” Frequently Asked Questions, providing some long-awaited guidance about COVID-19 vaccination policies and incentives.
- 6/3/2021As Ohio continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of pandemic unemployment benefits programs are winding down.
- 3/11/2021On Wednesday, March 10th, the House passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the third major federal COVID-19 relief act following the CARES Act and the December 2020 Consolidated Appropriations Act. President Biden is expected to sign it into law Friday.
- 1/14/2021On January 12, 2021, Ohio enacted House Bill 352, the Employment Law Uniformity Act (ELUA) to improve Ohio’s employment discrimination laws.
- 12/28/2020Yesterday evening, the President signed into law the Bipartisan COVID-19 Emergency Relief Act of 2020 (the “Relief Act”).
- 12/28/2020Earlier this month, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its COVID-19 technical assistance with new information on vaccinations.
- 12/27/2020Late on December 27, the President signed a $900 billion relief package that will provide aid to individuals and businesses still struggling with the economic impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Both the House and the Senate passed the proposal last week.
- 12/23/2020On December 20, 2020, Congress passed the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Agreement, which, if approved by the president, will be signed into law as the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2021 (CTRA). The CTRA offers approximately $900 billion in relief and stimulus provisions (discussed in more detail here). However, not included in the CTRA is an extension of the mandatory leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which are set to expire on December 31, 2020. Instead, the CTRA extends the tax credits available to covered employers that continue to offer paid leave under the FFCRA framework through March 31, 2021.
- 12/15/2020On December 14, 2020, the first Americans began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, and approximately 3 million doses will be distributed nationwide in the coming weeks.
- 11/12/2020Client Alert: The U.S. Supreme Court Declines Again To Address a Circuit Court Split Concerning the Standard for Pleading Breach of Fiduciary Duty ClaimsOn November 9, 2020, the Supreme Court announced that it would not reconsider the case of Retirement Plans Committee of IBM v. Jander, which the Court remanded to the Second Circuit in its last term.
- 8/25/2020Supreme Court’s Decision in Intel Corporation Investment Policy Committee v. Sulyma - Disclosure Alone Does Not Beget Actual KnowledgeThis is the second part of our three-part series reviewing ERISA cases decided this term by the U.S. Supreme Court.
- 8/7/2020In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
- 7/23/2020Beginning on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., a statewide mask mandate will go into effect for those living in all 88 Ohio counties.
- 6/25/2020Earlier this month, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of Thole v. U.S. Bank, holding that participants in defined benefit pension plans do not have standing to bring breaches of fiduciary duty claims under ERISA unless and until their own benefit has actually been impacted.
- 6/24/2020On June 16, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine signed Executive Order 2020-24D, which provides several circumstances that will now constitute “good cause” for refusing suitable work during the pandemic.
- 6/4/2020Now that employees are returning to work and businesses are reopening their doors to customers, many businesses are searching for ways to limit liability relating to potential COVID-19 infections. To that end, some employers are considering whether to require COVID-19 liability waivers for their employees, customers, contractors, and other visitors to their facilities.
- 4/15/2020The EEOC Provides Further Guidance on Managing Disability and Accommodation Issues in the Age of COVID-19 (Part II)In this Alert, we summarize the EEOC’s most recent guidance on employers’ ADA obligations concerning reasonable accommodation and telework. Importantly, the EEOC notes that the answers to these questions may change as the risks presented by COVID-19 decrease.
- 4/14/2020The EEOC Provides Further Guidance on Managing Disability and Accommodation Issues in the Age of COVID-19 (Part I)The EEOC made clear in a recent webinar that “in this extraordinary time, the laws enforced by the EEOC -- Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act -- continue to apply.”
- 3/19/2020On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was approved by Congress and signed by President Trump. There are a number of provisions in the law that will directly impact many employers. Key portions of the bill are discussed in this alert.
- 3/16/2020The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued guidance on wage-hour concerns under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in light of COVID-19.
- 3/16/2020On March 15, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine issued an executive order expanding unemployment benefits for employees whose workplaces are shutdown or who are quarantined as a result of COVID-19.
- 3/12/2020The last pandemic was the H1N1 outbreak in 2009. At that time, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued “Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act.” The EEOC has directed that its 2009 guidance applies to COVID-19.
- 7/26/2019In August 2015, the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, enacted the Paid Sick Days Act (PSDA).
- 10/17/2018In California, a court is prohibited from entering an order in a civil action that restricts disclosing this information and such a provision entered into on or after January 1, 2017, void as a matter of law and against public policy. Senate Bill 820 expands this prohibition.
- 5/2/2018To the consternation of employers, New Jersey has had a patchwork of 13 local paid sick leave ordinances.
- 4/13/2018The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee) recently held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects transgendered (or transitioning) status.
- 4/9/2018New Jersey recently enacted the “Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act” to significantly expand the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) with respect to pay equity.
- 9/13/2017In August 2017, an Ohio federal court certified a class of 7,000 American Family Insurance agents who claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors.
- 9/1/2017On August 31, 2017, the federal district court in Texas invalidated the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule.
- 8/9/2017Delaware recently enacted a law prohibiting employers from inquiring into applicants’ salary histories. According to the legislation, “when employers ask prospective employees for their wage or salary history, it perpetuates disparities in pay based on gender from one job into another.”
- 7/26/2017In July 2017, San Francisco joined New York City, Philadelphia, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Oregon in banning employers from asking applicants about their salary history.
- 7/19/2017The Pennsylvania Files Act (PFA) requires an employer to permit an employee to inspect his or her personnel files used to determine the employee’s qualifications for employment, promotion, additional compensation, termination, or disciplinary action.
- 5/15/2017Labor and Employment Alert: Court Faults Employer for Failing to Provide Accurate Information Regarding Life Insurance ConversionA federal court recently ordered an employer, WellStar Health System Inc., to pay $750,000.00 to a former employee’s widow for breaching its fiduciary duty in administering its group life insurance plan.
- 8/5/2016Labor and Employment Alert: Fifth Circuit Reminds Us That an Unpublicized Harassment Policy Isn’t Worth the Paper It’s Written OnMost employers have a sexual harassment policy, usually contained in an employee handbook.
- 7/28/2016Labor and Employment Alert: Nevada Courts are Precluded from Modifying Unreasonable Noncompete AgreementsThe Nevada Supreme Court recently refused to apply the “blue pencil” doctrine to modify an overbroad noncompete agreement.
- 3/21/2016Employers in Ohio dodged a bullet last week. In a 5-2 ruling, the Ohio Supreme Court decided that a 2006 constitutional amendment increasing the minimum wage did not eliminate previously applicable exclusions and exemptions to the minimum wage requirement.
- 8/24/2015Oil and Gas Alert: Service Company Learns Some Expensive Lessons About Wage-Hour Law in $6 Million SettlementRecently, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania granted preliminary approval to a $6 million class and collective action settlement between Calfrac Well Services Corp. and a class of about 1,300 fracturing, cement, and coil operators. The plaintiffs worked as field operators in Pennsylvania, Colorado, North Dakota, and Arkansas and were paid according to a complicated formula that included a salary, bonuses, and overtime. The case centered on how the operators’ regular rate of pay (the rate which provides the basis for the time-and-a-half overtime premium) should be calculated.
- 7/20/2015A recent opinion from the federal district court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania determined that drivers who transported water to drilling rigs were not exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or Pennsylvania law.
- 5/18/2015Labor and Employment Alert: Monitor 401(k)s, Or Else - Supreme Court Overturns Tibble v. Edison InternationalOn May 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in the case of Tibble v. Edison International that fiduciaries of an ERISA plan have a continuing duty to monitor investments and to remove imprudent ones. This decision continues a recent trend in which the Court has demonstrated its willingness to overturn courts of appeals in ERISA cases.
- 5/1/2015On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that courts may review the EEOC’s conciliation efforts that are a prerequisite to the EEOC’s filing suit against an employer under Title VII. The Court recognized that the EEOC has “expansive” and “abundant” discretion in how to conduct conciliation efforts and when to end them. Consequently, while courts may evaluate whether the EEOC has attempted conciliation, the scope of that judicial review is limited and “relatively barebones.”
- 4/8/2015The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the results of a 2014 enforcement initiative that focused on the oil and gas industry in New Mexico and west Texas. According to the DOL, it recovered more than $1.3 million owed to some 1,300 employees as a result of this investigation. This is not the first DOL foray into wage-and-hour practices within the oil and gas industry. In December 2014, the DOL announced that employers engaged in natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania and West Virginia agreed to pay $4,498,547 in back wages to 5,310 employees.
- 3/9/2015With Governor Scott Walker’s signature today, Wisconsin has become the latest state to enact a right-to-work law. Indiana and Michigan last did so in 2012. Wisconsin brings the total number of right-to-work states to 25.
- 2/20/2015Labor and Employment Alert: New Jersey Supreme Court Simultaneously Limits and Expands an Employer’s Liability for Sexual HarassmentUnder the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), an employer can be liable for hostile work environment harassment in two ways. First, an employee can assert a cause of action directly against the employer for negligently or recklessly causing the hostile environment. Second, the employer can be vicariously liable for the acts of its supervisors. The New Jersey Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Aguas v. State, 2015 N.J. LEXIS 131 (2015), significantly impacts the state’s employers when it comes to defending against that second theory of sexual harassment and reinforces the importance of effective anti-harassment procedures.
- 12/4/2014The use of independent contractors in the oil and gas industry is typical and its advantages are obvious. However, decisions about when and how to use independent contractors might be made without full consideration of potential problems or the ever-looming and potentially significant risks of misclassification.
- 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.