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Katherine R. Basch

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Basch Katie, an Akron native, understands on a personal level the many challenges employers face on a daily basis. This perspective comes from being part of a family that owns and operates a local business. Because of this, Katie takes on each client’s issue with a problem-solving and solution-driven approach, helping clients accomplish their goals by providing a solution, not just an answer.

Katie enjoys the day-to-day interactions with employers, learning about their organization and helping them solve their employment issues, even the issues they might not have realized existed. This involves a thorough and comprehensive approach to handling each client’s issues, as well as timely, efficient and well-communicated responses.

Katie frequently works with employers to update or create compliant handbooks and policies that work for and fit the goals of each employer. Katie’s other areas of practice include wage and hour compliance; leave management issues; discipline and termination analysis; investigating and defending discrimination and sexual harassment claims; conducting workplace training; defending EEOC and OCRC charges; reductions in force and representing employers throughout the unemployment compensation process.

Other Personal Background Information and Interests

A lover of many outdoor activities, Katie, her husband, Dustin, and their young daughters, enjoy spending time outside either running, walking or biking along the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park or working around their four and a half acre “farm”. Katie is also a passionate animal lover, especially horses, dogs, cats and sharks. When not chasing after two toddlers, Katie enjoys photography, Cleveland sports, running and having a cup of coffee with her husband.

 

Education

  • Ashland University, B.A., magna cum laude2009
  • The University of Akron School of Law, The University of Akron, J.D., cum laude2012

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Professional Activities and Recognition

  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association and its Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, Akron Bar Association and its Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management, National Membership and Akron-Area Chapter

Publications and Presentations

  • Workplace Harassment: How to Keep Your Organization out of the Headlines and Out of Court, Rise and Learn, January 2018
  • Can I Fire This Employee?, KWW Annual Client Seminar, November 2017
  • Employers At Risk: An Interactive Workshop to Help Employers Take Action, Mitigate Risk and Achieve Compliance
  • Laws Affecting Women in the Workplace, presented to the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce, Women Enriching Business Council
  • Social Media and the Law