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Kathleen M. Tinnerello


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Kathleen M. Tinnerello is an Associate in the Cleveland, Ohio office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Tinnerello brings a common sense approach to the practice of law, giving thoughtful advice that promotes her clients’ goals and protects her clients’ interests.

Serving as a counselor and advocate for employers in the private and public sector, Ms. Tinnerello represents employers in state and federal courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the State Employment Relations Board and arbitrators. As a litigator, Ms. Tinnerello has successfully defended employers against statutory and common law claims, including, but not limited to: medical leave entitlement (FMLA), wage/hour violations (FLSA), discrimination, retaliation, defamation, and sexual harassment.

Ms. Tinnerello provides day-to-day counseling to employers, keeping clients abreast of federal and state employment laws and assisting with the management of employee leave, hiring and termination decisions, investigations, and union related activity. Additionally, Ms. Tinnerello performs comprehensive reviews of employment handbooks and employer policies.

Ms. Tinnerello has worked on over a dozen civil protection orders and participated in multiple habeas appeals in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Tinnerello was a Labor and Employment Associate for two prominent law firms.

Honors and Recognitions

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • YWCA Legal Clinic, Volunteer assisting clients with landlord/tenant matters, expungements, and employment-related issues

Published Works

  • "Browning-Ferris Appeals ‘Joint Employer’ Decision to U.S. Court of Appeals,"The National Law Review (February 1, 2016) [Co-Author]
  • "NLRB Joint-Employer Decision Moves Closer to Review by Circuit Court of Appeals," The National Law Review (January 15, 2016) [Co-Author]
  • "Union Seeks Labor Board Review of Regional Director’s Adverse Joint Employer Decision," The National Law Review (November 17, 2015) [Co-Author]
  • "Subcontractor, Temporary Staffing Agency not Joint Employers, NLRB Regional Director Decides," The National Law Review (November 4, 2015) [Co-Author]
  • "Teamsters Take Aim at Browning-Ferris Successor While Congress Entertains Legislative Roll Back Efforts," The National Law Review (October 12, 2015) [Co-Author]
  • "NLRB’s New Joint Employer Standard Faces First Legislative Challenge," The National Law Review (September 16, 2015) [Co-Author]
  • "Labor Board Sets New Standard for Determining Joint Employer Status," The National Law Review (September 2, 2015) [Co-Author]
  • "Redefining the Standard: Is Your Company Now a Joint Employer?," The National Law Review (August 30, 2015) [Co-Author]
  • "Chamber of Commerce’s Challenge to NLRB “Quickie Election Rule” Fails in District Court," The National Law Review (July 31, 2015) [Co-Author]
  • “Public Sector Bargaining: Moving Towards an Uncertain Future,” State & Local Law News, vol. 35, no. 4 (2011) [Co-Author]
  • “On Second Thought – The Ohio Supreme Court Reverses Course and Holds that a Merger Does Not Trigger the Beginning of a Noncompetition Period,” Client Alert, Baker & Hostetler, LLP. (2012) [Co-Author]

Speeches and Presentations

  • “The Activist NLRB Goes to Work on Employers,” 2015 Akron Employment Law Conference (Akron, Ohio, November 4, 2015) (presenter)
  • “Redefining the Standard: Is Your Company Now a Joint Employer?,” 2015 National Webinar (September 9, 2015) (presenter)
  • “Surveying the New Labor Law Landscape: A Rocky Road Ahead,” 2015 Employment Law Conference (Independence, Ohio, May 21, 2015) (presenter)

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May 15, 2017
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal

Patrick O. Peters, Kathleen M. Tinnerello and Stephen R. Beiting Author "The Impact of a Republican-Majority National Labor Relations Board"

May 15, 2017

Patrick O. Peters, Kathleen M. Tinnerello and Stephen R. Beiting author "The Impact of a Republican-Majority National Labor Relations Board," published by Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (Page 12). Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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December 26, 2017

Labor Board Returns to Pre-2015 Joint Employer Standard

December 26, 2017

In Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors Ltd., 365 No. 156 (Dec. 14, 2017), the National Labor Relations Board overturned its standard for determining joint employer status under the National Labor Relations Act established in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 186 (Aug. 27, 2015). Hy-Brand will be applied... Read More

November 1, 2016

Labor Board’s ‘Nonacquiescence’ is an Instrument of Oppression, Federal Appeals Court Declares

November 1, 2016

The federal appeals court in D.C. has issued a scathing rebuke of the National Labor Relations Board’s blanket nonacquiescence policy and ordered the Board to pay nearly $18,000.00 in attorney’s fees for what the court deemed bad faith litigation. Heartland Plymouth Court MI, LLC, d/b/a Heartland Health Care Center - Plymouth... Read More

May 5, 2016

New Georgia Law Says Franchisors Generally Not Employers of Franchisees or Franchisees’ Workers

May 5, 2016

The “Protecting Georgia Small Businesses Act” amends Georgia’s Labor and Industrial Relations Code to provide that neither a franchisee nor a franchisee’s employee is considered an employee of a franchisor for “any purpose.” However, the amendment does not apply to the Georgia Workers’... Read More

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Browning-Ferris Back in the Spotlight … and at the Court of Appeals?
March 6, 2018

The drama involving the National Labor Relations Board’s precedent-busting 2015 joint employer decision continues. Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015), dramatically changed the playing field for employers who rely on nontraditional workforces. Read More

Congress One Step Closer to Restoring NLRB’s Joint Employer Standard
November 10, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the “Save Local Business Act” (H.R. 3441), which would add a new, narrow definition of “employer” to the National Labor Relations Act (and the Fair Labor Standards Act) and which clarifies the definition of joint employment under both federal statutes. H.R. Read More

NLRB Joint Employer Case Will Be Heard by Federal Appeals Court on March 9
January 24, 2017

Oral argument on Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc.’s appeal seeking to overturn the National Labor Relations Board’s  landmark joint employer decision, Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 186 (Aug. 27, 2015), has been scheduled for March 9, 2017, by the U.S. Read More