Interview with attorneys at Kastner Westman & Wilkins

October 24th, 2018


Kastner Westman & Wilkins recently took over our Ohio Human Resources Library. We’re excited to be working with them, and we think you should be too! Keep reading to learn a little more about this amazing Akron-based firm:

1. Tell us about Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC:

Kastner Westman & Wilkins is an Akron, Ohio-based boutique labor and employment law firm of 12 attorneys, representing management exclusively. It was formed in 2000. KWW attorneys provide comprehensive counsel on labor and employment law issues, including benefits, workers’ compensation and HR management for their clients, which include public, private, and non-profit entities of all types and sizes.

2. Who works on the Ohio Human Resources Library?

Thomas Evan Green and Amanda Smith served as the primary authors, with Kenneth Haneline and Mark Snyder providing additional support.

3. How do you think the Ohio Human Resources Library benefits readers?

Ohio law, as it pertains to managing employees, is constantly changing, and with that we view the Ohio Human Resources Manual as a timely, effective reference guide for situations that arise in the workplace. It’s appropriate for small business owners and human resources professionals alike, regardless of their experience, and covers dozens of topics in great detail – yet it’s written in a manner that’s easy to understand and act upon.

4. What do you think is the biggest issue employers face currently in employment law?

The biggest employment law-related issue facing employers is keeping up with change. Whether it’s following and complying with changing federal, state and local laws; understanding how the proliferation of electronic devices and social media platforms impacts the workplace; or managing provisions within the Affordable Care Act that apply to their businesses, staying current on employment law issues and knowing when to seek outside counsel are among the most critical issues employers face.

5. Finally, to get to know you better, we want to know: What do you like on your pizza?

While we share many common professional interests in the vein of labor and employment law, our taste in pizza toppings is all over the map.

Thomas Evan Green: “When my wife is out of town, onions.”

Amanda Smith: “Onions, mushrooms, banana peppers, and garlic sauce.  It also keeps vampires away.”

Kenneth Haneline: “Sausage, pepperoni, peppers, onions, and diced baked potato (good for any Irish folks!)”

Mark Snyder: “Buffalo style chicken and blue cheese.”