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Building and Maintaining a Positive Manufacturing Work Environment [Podcast]

In this podcast, Mike Cramer and Tim Wolfe discuss ways to strive for a harassment-free and litigation-free manufacturing work environment. They will cover four key strategies: maintaining strong policies, implementing regular training, conducting good investigations, and not just having good policies, but living them as well.

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About this Author

Michael H. Cramer labor & employment attorney ogletree deakins law firm

Mr. Cramer counsels and represents employers on a variety of labor and employment-related legal matters. He has advised clients ranging from small non-profits to Fortune 500 companies on employment matters, negotiated cost-effective resolutions to troubling disputes, and litigated to victory.

Based on extensive interviews of in-house attorneys, the BTI Consulting Group named Mr. Cramer a BTI Client Service All-Star—one of just 29 Labor and Employment attorneys in the United States to achieve this recognition in 2015. Based on other peer surveys...

Timothy A. Wolfe Labor & Employment Attorney Ogletree Deakins Law Firm

Tim Wolfe represents employers in employment and labor law matters. Tim litigates and counsels numerous clients on issues related to compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Older Worker Benefit Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Illinois Human Rights Act. He also advises clients and litigates cases involving the Fair Labor Standards Act and comparable state laws. Tim has also works closely with clients to develop clear and effective policies and procedures that comply with employment laws including workforce reductions and post-employment restrictive covenants.

Tim has drafted numerous employee handbooks and other employment law policies. For example, Tim obtained defense verdicts on behalf of a number of clients, including an agricultural processing company accused of unlawful discrimination and retaliation in the Circuit Court for Macon County, Illinois; an industrial supply company accused of religious discrimination in U.S. District Court in Chicago; an insurance company accused of unlawful FMLA retaliation in U.S. District Court in New York; an insurer accused of age discrimination by a former employee in state court in Massachusetts; and, an agricultural products business accused of race and gender discrimination and retaliation in state court in Illinois.

Clients and other law firms have also hired Tim to conduct independent investigations regarding claims of discrimination or unlawful harassment in the workplace. In conjunction with these investigations, Tim has worked with clients and non-clients alike to help them ensure that they are in compliance with state and federal employment laws. Tim has also given speeches and seminars to corporate law departments, human resources organizations, client managers and has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago on multiple employment law topics.

Tim has been recognized as an Illinois “Super Lawyer” and is a member of the Leading Lawyers Network. He has over 25 years of experience in commercial and employment litigation and has worked with employers in numerous industries across the country.