OBL HR Forum

OBL HR Forum

The 2024 OBL HR Forum provides an outlet for bankers to discuss important human resources issues, dissect employee relations problems, and gain insights into best practices with banks from across the state. It's a fact. Employee turnover costs your company plenty and losing one of your star workers can be staggering. And while it's easy to assume that your most capable workers are satisfied and loyal, these highly talented employees are in big demand … everywhere. That's why they require special attention and a different managerial approach than other employees. But in a cultural and legal environment that emphasizes consistency and fairness in managing employees, finding an effective, sustainable way to lead high performers is a challenge. The HR Forum sessions provide Open Forum Discussions, topical presentations and a quarterly Employment Law Update to help you navigate these difficult waters.

Benefits of the Forum

  • Discuss current industry challenges in a roundtable forum
  • Stay on top of the latest changes in employment law, whether statutory, regulatory, or case law driven
  • Form relationships with other HR professionals
  • Get answers to your most pressing questions
  • Take away real-world solutions to use in your own institutions


The OBL HR Forum includes sessions that run from 10AM to 3PM at OBL Education Center (4215 Worth Ave, Ste 300).  The following sessions remain.  Click each link to register:

How the Forum Works

  • Participants are contacted in advance of each forum session for input into the next program agenda to ensure the featured topic is relevant and top of bankers' minds
  • Participants are also encouraged to suggest their own agenda topics of interest
  • Questions are collected in advance for the Employment Law Update and the Open Forum Discussions to ensure pressing concerns and questions are addressed
  • Additional opportunity for questions, and some best practices are also provided during each in-person session
  • Electronic materials are available following each session

Who Should Attend?

  • HR Officers and Managers
  • Executives responsible for HR-related issues

Forum Discussion Topics

Each session features an Employment Law Update. Armed with the knowledge of employment law updates, banks can take proactive steps to help avoid or minimize employment law risks and tackle difficult employee relations problems when they arise. Forum members are able to take advantage of timely and accurate information about the latest legal developments impacting employers in the financial services industry. Areas on which the Employment Law Update focuses include:

  • Wage/hour compliance in the financial services industry
  • DEI
  • FMLA, ADA and leaves of absences
  • Discrimination and harassment case law updates
  • Insights on workplace investigations

Each session also features a presentation from an HR professional, who focuses on hot topics of concern in the area of HR operations, talent acquisition, succession planning and the like.

Forum Instructor

Headshot of Nelson Cary

Nelson Cary is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office (52 E. Gay Street) and a member of the labor and employment group. He represents management in a broad range of labor and employment matters, including compliance with, and litigation arising out of, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act and similar state laws. He also advises employers on union elections and defends unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. He is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia Bar Association. He is also active in the Columbus Bar Association and has spoken on many topics, including updates on activity at the National Labor Relations Board, complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the employment-at-will doctrine, employment agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, managing difficult employees and enforcing disciplinary action. He also has conducted training on union avoidance and positive employee relations, avoiding sexual harassment and other unlawful harassment and discrimination, and conducting internal investigations.


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Cancellation Policy

Refunds for the program will be granted for cancellations received in writing to the OBL Professional Development Team seven days prior to each session. Cancellations will be subject to a $75 processing fee. No Refunds will be granted for cancellations received within seven days of the program. Substitutions are always welcome.


Contact Julie Kiplinger at 614-340-7612.

The Ohio Bankers League is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. This program and attendees qualify for Continuing Professional Education credit in the area of Specialized Knowledge.