Nelva J. Smith
Of Counsel
(614) 456-1656
Office: Columbus
J.D. Capital University
B.A. Capital University
Licensure: OH
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Speaking Engagements

Presenter: “OSHA Inspection Issues,” March 2019

"OSHA, Outside Consultants, and Business Development: A Podcast with Bentley Tolk," Legal Marketing Launch, November 2018

Presenter: “Performance, Unemployment and Wage & Hour Issues in Ohio: What Happened to Employment at Will?,” November 2018

Presenter: “Overview of OSHA Inspections,” November 2018

Presenter: “Ten Management Mistakes to Avoid – OSHA and Workers’ Compensation Update,” August and September 2018

Presenter: “Update on Labor Law Issues Under the Trump Administration,” July 2018

Presenter: “Workplace Highs and Lows: OSHA, the ADA, and Medical Marijuana,” July 2018

Presenter: “OSHA Compliance in the Healthcare Industry – Regulations Companies Must Comply With But Are Always Forgotten,” June 2018

Presenter: “OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard,” April 2018

Presenter, “HIPAA Best Practices for HR: Ensuring Confidentiality of Medical Information,” February 2018

Presenter, “Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: Marijuana and Other Considerations,” February 2018

Presenter, “Medical Records Law in Workers’ Compensation Claims: Know What You Can Release,” January 2018

Presenter, “Preparing For and Dealing With Campus Protests,” AICUO, October 2017

Presenter, “Machine Guarding and Lockout/Tagout-Related OSHA Penalties So Far in The Trump Administration,” Ohio Chamber, September 2017

Presenter, “Are You In A Confined Space, OSHA Requirements for Confined Space in General Industry and Construction,” Ohio Chamber, July 2017

Presenter, “The New Landscape of the Department of Labor and OSHA in the Trump Administration,” Ohio Hospital Association, June 2017

Presenter, “Top Ten Management Mistakes to Avoid,” Pataskala Chamber of Commerce, June 2017

Presenter, “Recordability, Reportability, and Compensability,” Ohio Chamber, May 2017

Presenter, “OSHA Primer,” ABA Occupational Safety and Health Committee Midwinter Meeting, March 2017

Presenter, “Medical Records Law in Workers’ Compensation Claims: Know What You Can Release,” January 2017

Presenter, “Finer Points of OSHA Recordkeeping and Recordability,” Ohio Chamber, October 2016

Presenter, “Department of Labor New Overtime Rules with OSHA Bonus,” St. Clairsville Chamber of Commerce, September 2016

Presenter, “Safety Incentive Programs Under 11(c) of the Federal OSH Act,” Ohio Chamber, September 2016

Presenter, “Hot Wage and Hour Issues,” OSBA, September 2016

Presenter, “The Ever-Changing Landscape of FLSA Wage & Hour Issues,” Sterling Education, September 2016

Presenter, “Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio – NLRB,” AICUO, June 2016

Presenter, “OSHA’s Multi-Employer and U.S. Department of Labor Joint Employee Doctrines,” Ohio Hospital Association, June 2016

Presenter, “Train Your Supervisors and Managers About Your Ohio Workers’ Compensation Program,” Ohio Chamber, May 2016

Presenter, “OSHA Primer,” ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Midwinter Meeting, March 2016

“Are You In Compliance? Be Prepared! FLSA Rule Changes and OSHA Penalty Increases Will Happen in 2016,” Ohio Chamber, December 2015

Presenter, “The Million Dollar Question: Are They Independent Contractors or Employees? What the Fair Labor Standards Act Could Cost Your Company,” Ohio Chamber, November, 2015

Presenter, “Fair Labor Standards Act/Wage and Hour Critical Issues,” Sterling Education, September 2015

Moderator, “Combustible Dust: When is a hazard really a hazard? What is the real potential for explosion/deflagration?,” ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Midwinter Meeting, March 2014

Presenter, “Wage Issues for Workers’ Compensation,” 2011

Chapter Editor, Occupational Safety and Health Law Treatise, Third and Fourth Edition

Key Experience

Defended OSHA violations for manufacturing clients in the aircraft and automotive industries resulting in reduced penalties and vacated citations
Defended North Dakota construction company in workplace safety matter involving fatality
Defended a manufacturer in the rubber mixing industry in Ohio in one of the first sets of citations under the combustible dust OSHA National Emphasis Program (NEP)

Memberships & Awards

Columbus Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Certified, OSHA 10 Hour General Industry