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Suellen Oswald

Principal
Cleveland

P 216-750-4339
F 216-750-0826
Suellen.Oswald@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Suellen Oswald is a Principal in the Cleveland, Ohio office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

With more than 25 years of experience in labor and employment law and a nationwide practice, Ms. Oswald is an experienced, trusted labor negotiator who has worked with international conglomerates, as well as Fortune 100 companies and medium and small businesses. She has successfully led hundreds of labor negotiations, union organizing campaigns and litigated unfair labor practice charges, labor arbitrations and dozens of cases through dismissal, trial and appeal.

Ms. Oswald has deep expertise representing unionized clients in a broad range of  industries, including the manufacture and distribution of food, beverage and specialty chemicals; coating and ink production; automotive production and sales; power generation; steel and aluminum production; drilling systems manufacturing; petroleum refining; retail; hospitality and gaming; acute healthcare; business-to-business; contingent staffing; software development; broadcast media and technology solutions.

Ms. Oswald has extensive experience representing employers before the National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, State Employment Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission and numerous other state agencies across the country.

Ms. Oswald has successfully defended scores of companies in a wide range of employment matters including high profile civil rights issues, non-compete and trade secrets, use of background checks and Fair Credit Reporting Act claims, scientific misconduct, wrongful discharge, harassment, discrimination and retaliation and wage and hour claims in class and collective actions and single and multi-plaintiff litigation. She frequently counsels large and mid-size companies on risk management and labor compliance topics.

She achieved elite recognition as a Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law in Ohio and is regularly voted by her peers as one of Ohio’s top labor and employment attorneys. She has been an invited speaker by business and legal groups throughout the United States and Europe on various labor law matters. Ms. Oswald is an editor for the BNA treatise The Family and Medical Leave Act and was a contributing author for The Developing Labor Law, a founding member of the Ohio Management Lawyers Association and served on its Steering Committee.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Leadership Medina County, Graduate
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Certified Specialist Labor and Employment Law
  • YWCA, Woman of Professional Excellence
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Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment / Litigation Sections
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Leadership Medina County
  • Medina Chamber of Commerce

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • First Baptist Church (Medina, OH), Member and Volunteer
  • ideastream, Community Advisory Board Member
  • Medina Christian Academy, Member, School Board

Published Works

  • “Myths Abound About Right-to-Work States,” Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (August 2014) [Author]
  • FMLA, 2014 Cumulative Supplement (Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. 2014) (contributing editor)
  • The Developing Labor Law (Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.) (contributing author)

Speeches and Presentations

  • Managing Contingent Workers, ACCA (Cleveland, OH, October 2014)

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October 23, 2019
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Suellen Oswald and Adam Lounsbury Author "Tennessee Adopts 20-Factor Test for Independent-Contractor Analysis"

October 23, 2019

Suellen Oswald and Adam Lounsbury author "Tennessee Adopts 20-Factor Test for Independent-Contractor Analysis," published by SHRM.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

November 1, 2018
Corporate Counsel

Suellen Oswald Comments on the Consequences of Misclassifying Contract Workers

November 1, 2018

Suellen Oswald comments on how the growing contingent workforce has also led to a rising number of class action suits in the U.S. in "The Growing Gig Economy Brings New Worries for In-House Counsel," published by Corporate Counsel. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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September 13, 2019

California Worker Misclassification Bill Closer to Enactment

September 13, 2019

The California Assembly has passed a bill that would require workers to be classified as employees if the employer exerts control over how the workers perform their tasks or if their work is part of the employer’s regular business. Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) passed by a vote of 61-16 in the Assembly. Governor Gavin Newsom has stated his... Read More

August 30, 2019

Labor Board: Misclassifying Worker as Independent Contractor Does Not Violate NLRA

August 30, 2019

It does not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) if an employer mistakenly misclassifies its employees as independent contractors, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has decided. Velox Express, Inc., 368 NLRB No. 61 (Aug. 29, 2019). Chairman John Ring and Members Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel were in the majority.... Read More

July 22, 2019

New Jersey Task Force on Independent Contractor Misclassification Releases Report, Recommendations

July 22, 2019

The New Jersey “Task Force on Employee Misclassification” has released its report on misclassification, offering 10 recommendations. The Task Force, established in May 2018, was charged with providing recommendations to the Governor’s office and the state’s administrative agencies on “strategies and actions to combat employee... Read More

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California Worker Misclassification Bill Closer to Enactment
September 13, 2019

The California Assembly has passed a bill that would require workers to be classified as employees if the employer exerts control over how the workers perform their tasks or if their work is part of the employer’s regular business. Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) passed by a vote of 61-16 in the Assembly. Read More

Talent Software – Perfect Solution or Perfect Storm?
November 14, 2017

Using talent-finder software to simplify hiring decisions is all the rage. Hiring managers across the country love the idea that one of their most difficult tasks – hiring – can now done through software.  So, what is good and what is risky when using these new hiring tools to evaluate talent? Read More

Court Repudiates NLRB’s Award of Attorney’s Fees and Expenses for Their ‘Deterrent Effect’
July 8, 2016

The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has determined that the National Labor Relations Board lacks inherent power and the authority under Section 10(c) of the National Labor Relations Act to order an award of attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses to itself and a labor union. Read More