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Melanie L. Webber

Partner, Cleveland
Cleveland
t: 440.838.8800
f: 440.838.8805

Overview

Melanie Webber is a partner in the firm’s Cleveland office and serves as chair for the firm’s Women’s Initiative and Leadership Counsel. She represents and advises clients in all aspects of employment law, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and leave-related complaints.  

Over her career, she has represented employers on traditional labor issues—such as union organizing campaigns, unfair labor practice charges and labor arbitrations—before administrative agencies that include the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC). 

Melanie believes in developing positive, proactive employee relations programs (including employee opinion surveys) with her clients and can guide them through employment practice, human resource and wage-hour audits.  

In addition, she helps clients develop employment handbooks and personnel policies and procedures, and provides them with valuable insight regarding potential human resource issues throughout the life cycle of employment.  

An engaging speaker, Melanie frequently conducts supervisor and management trainings for employers, as well as presentations to her peers on a variety of employment law issues, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), sexual harassment and maintaining union-free status. 

Before practicing law, Melanie worked in human resources management at two Northeast Ohio area manufacturing companies.

Honors & Leadership

Professional Activities

  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Women In Law Section
  • Member, Ohio Women’s Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers

Community Activities

  • Towards Employment, Board Member
  • Project: Learn, Past Board President
  • Friends of Project: Learn, Member

Insights

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Takin’ Care of Business; Navigating Tricky HR Issues at Your Dealership; 8.22 - 8.23.18, 8.28 - 8.29.18
  • Creating an Effective Employee Handbook for Your Dealership; webinar; 6.19.18
  • Employment Concerns When Buying/Selling a Dealership; webinar; 4.16.18
  • Five-Step Plan to Avoid Harassment and Discrimination Claims; 2.8.18
  • Positive Employee Relations Training for Supervisors; 9.7.17
  • Managing Employee Leaves (FMLA, ADA and WC); 7.20.17
  • The Game Has Changed:  Managing the Legal Risks in Today’s Legal Landscape; 8.2.17
  • HR Tune up; 5.25.17
  • Changing Landscape for Joint Employer Status; 10.20.16 (Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Conference, Las Vegas)
  • The Dish – Hot Topics for Hospitality; 10.21.16 (HFTP Conference)
  • Yikes! New Laws Require Changes to Handbooks, Rules and Disciplinary Process; (HFTP Conference); October 2015
  • The NLRB's New Rules on Expedited Union Elections – Is Your Organization Ready?  Webinar; 4.27.15
  • Don't Let Your Office Become "The Office"; 4.21.15
  • Is Your Company Ready for Quickie Elections?; 2.24.15
  • The Best Ways to Get Sued Over Leaves and Accommodation; 5.21.15
  • Is Your Company Ready for Quickie Elections?; 2.24.15
  • Who’s in the Hot Seat, Why the EEOC is Going after Them, and What to Expect in 2015; 1.13.15
  • ADA Accommodation Workshop; 10.28.14
  • Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations; 10.27.14
  • The NLRB’s Continued Offensive Against Employers; 4.29.14

Education

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

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