September 10, 2020
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT
Delivered in a webinar format
Rick Bales is a faculty member at Ohio Northern University Law (visiting at Peking School of Transnational Law 2020-21). He taught for fifteen years at NKU-Chase, during which he lived in Fort Thomas. He teaches a wide variety of labor/employment and ADR courses, Torts, and Civil Procedure. He has published more than eighty scholarly articles and authored or co-authored eight books on a variety of topics related to labor/employment/ADR. His most recent book is Cambridge Handbook of US Labor Law: Reinventing Labor Law for the 21st Century (co-edited with Charlotte Garden), and his most recent articles focus on global approaches to responding to COVID-19 through labor/employment law.
In addition to teaching and writing, Rick is a part-time labor arbitrator. He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and serves on FMCS and AAA panels.
Faith Whittaker is a labor and employment lawyer in Dinsmore's Cincinnati office. She has experience guiding clients through issues that arise in the workplace. She serves as chair of Dinsmore's employment practice group and handles employment-related litigation for her clients, who range from local businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
She works with in-house counsel and legal departments, as well as human resources officials and company executives, to analyze each matter and chart the best course toward a resolution. Faith handles litigation relating to all facets of employment law, including, but not limited to, discrimination claims, retaliation claims, wrongful discharge claims, class and collective actions, claims relating to background checks, wage and hour claims, noncompetition issues, and common law tort claims.
Faith understands labor and employment law is constantly evolving, and she teams with clients to offer proactive counsel, including conducting training programs and drafting employee policies and procedures to ensure compliance. Her experience with companies and organizations enables her to provide counsel that mitigates her clients' risk, while also allowing their business to effectively operate. She conducts training for her clients related to a variety of issues, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, The Fair Credit Reporting Act, and other state and federal employment statutes and regulations.
Erin Rolfes is the corporate affairs manager for Kroger’s Cincinnati-Dayton division. She is responsible for driving Kroger’s purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit; by engaging with the community and non-profit partners in Cincinnati and Dayton and generating uplift through storytelling and internal communications.
Prior to joining Kroger Erin has held several key roles in professional communications including television production, agency work at Vehr Communications, and most recently her role as Manager of Public Relations & Communication for REDI Cincinnati. Erin has a long history of volunteerism and community involvement with various organizations, and real passion for the Cincinnati-Dayton region.
Valerie Gray Hardcastle is the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Executive Director of the Institute for Health Innovation and Vice President for Health Innovation at Northern Kentucky University. As the ED/VP, she advocates on behalf of the region, serves as a thought-leader around health policy, pursues an aggressive externally funded research program, promotes the transdisciplinary work of health innovation across the institution, and attracts talent to NKU and the region in the healthcare ecosystem. Previously, she served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and then as the Academic Director of the Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati. An internationally recognized scholar, Dr. Hardcastle is the author of five books and over 170 articles.
Kathleen Carnes is a lecturer of Business Law and has been with NKU since 2011. Prior to joining NKU, Kathleen practiced law for 12 years in various capacities. Her current practiced primarily includes all aspects of labor and employment law in defense of employers. Kathleen specializes in advising companies regarding compliance with Title VII, the National Labor Relations Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and various other state and federal employment statutes and regulations. Kathleen also worked as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, where she investigated and prosecuted unfair labor practices and as the Director of Personnel for a large state agency/cabinet where she oversaw all aspects of human resources. In 2016 Kathleen became the Director the College of Business' Alternative Dispute Resolution Center. In this role she oversees the ADR Center's annual Labor/Management Conference, the student programming, and community outreach. Kathleen graduated cum laude with a BA in Political Science from the University of Louisville and her law degree from the University of Cincinnati where she was an executive member of the Moot Court Board.