Robert A. Harris

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Offices Columbus
Phone 614.464.8373
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Bob is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the firm’s labor and employment and immigration practice groups.

Bob has experience in a wide range of labor and employment matters.  This encompasses handling litigation and counseling clients on a wide range of topics, including:  the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and wage and hour class actions; Title VII; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA); the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); the National Labor Relations Act (including representation petitions and collective bargaining); wrongful termination issues; noncompete, non-solicitation, and trade secret law; and employment-related torts. He has litigated cases in state and federal courts, in arbitrations, and before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  Bob regularly advises clients on personnel matters and on development and application of policies. He also represents clients in the field of higher education, including devising and implementing Title IX policies and defending against related claims.

In addition, Bob regularly counsels clients on immigration issues, including preparation of employment-based nonimmigrant visa petitions, and assisting clients with I-9 policies, audits, and investigations.  Bob is also a member of the Vorys COVID-19 Task Force, and has been a frequent speaker on coronavirus employment-related topics, both in Vorys webinars and communications, and for outside entities. 

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Bob has lectured at seminars on a variety of topics, including workplace harassment, labor relations, the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the preparation and maintenance of I-9 forms and policies and handling I-9 investigations, the Americans With Disabilities Act, labor implications of the Ohio Sales tax exemption for leased employees, developing appropriate policies against sexual and other unlawful harassment, document retention policies, conducting internal investigations, and COVID-19 issues.

Bob received his J.D. with honors from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, where he was a staff member and articles editor of the Ohio State Law Journal and a member of the Order of the Coif. He also received an MBA with honors from The Ohio State University.  He earned his B.A. magna cum laude from Kenyon College.

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