Eric E. Hobbs

Shareholder Milwaukee

Eric Hobbs is a shareholder whose practice focuses on labor and employment, with an emphasis on employment counseling and policy development, occupational safety and health, employment discrimination litigation worker’s compensation, wage-hour matters, and clergy abuse. He also has experience in wage-hour, employment discrimination and multi-district class action cases.

Mr. Hobbs represents employers of all sizes in a variety of industries from service to heavy manufacturing. He has litigated before state and federal agencies and courts throughout the United States and has experience in Canadian occupational safety and health laws issues.


Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association; Immediate-Past Employer Co-Chair, Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee – Labor Law Section
  • Yellow Belt Certified, Legal Lean Sigma
  • Chair, Advisory Board, School of Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Board Vice Chair; Chair, Personnel Committee; Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Chair-Elect, Advisory Board, The Salvation Army – Milwaukee County
  • Director, Milwaukee Jewish Free Loan Association, Inc.
  • Director, Meier Clinics Foundation, Inc.
  • Director, J.K. Lee City Youth Martial Arts Program, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Immediate-Past Chair, Milwaukee County Commission for Persons with Disabilities
  • Elder, Eastbrook Church

Speeches:

  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Today’s OSHA: Keeping Up and Catching Up With Workplace Health and Safety Developments'' - Boca Raton - November 10, 2017
  • Wisconsin Agri-Business Association’s 2017 Safety Day - ''How Does OSHA’s Being on Hyperdrive Impact Potential Inspections?'' - Wisconsin Dells - July 13, 2017
  • Pulp and Paper Safety Association Annual Safety Conference - ''OSHA’s Last Year and “New” Direction – An Update'' - Charleston - June 19, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''What HR Professionals Need to Know About OSHA'' - San Diego - May 05, 2017
  • Metro Milwaukee SHRM Spring Conference - ''Not Just Another New Year for Labor and Employment Law: The Top 10 Things to Watch and to Watch Out for in 2017'' - Pewaukee - April 27, 2017
  • Wisconsin Safety Council/75th Annual Safety Conference - ''So OSHA’s On Hyperdrive: What Difference Does That Make To An OSHA Inspection'' - Wisconsin Dells - April 12, 2017
  • Private Client Webinar - ''How To Manage An OSHA Inspection'' - March 01, 2017
  • Integrated Risk Solutions - ''Are You Ready When OSHA Shows Up At Your Workplace or Worksite'' - Waukesha - January 12, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins "Reel Ethics" Briefing - ''Threatening Criminal Prosecution'' - Waukesha - January 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2017 - ''Negotiating with OSHA – The Employee Misconduct Defense'' - Kohler - September 2016
  • National Safety Council - 2016 Texas Safety Conference and Exposition - ''OSHA-A-Not-So-Lame-Duck'' - San Antonio - March 2016
  • Midwest Food Processors Association Annual Convention - ''OSHA-A-Not-So-Lame-Duck'' - Green Bay - December 2015
  • Wisconsin Agribusiness Association 2015 Safety Day - ''OSHA’s Severe Injury Reporting and Proposed Electronic Reporting'' - Wisconsin Dells - June 2015
  • Pulp and Paper Safety Association Safety and Health Conference - ''2015 OSHA Developments and Legal Review'' - Savannah - June 2015
  • American Bar Association Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee Annual Mid-Winter Meeting - ''2013-2014 Key Issues in Enforcement'' - Naples - March 2015
  • Flexible Packaging Association 2015 EHS Summit - ''Contractor Safety Program and Compliance Issues'' - St. Petersburg - January 2015
  • Flexible Packaging Association 2015 EHS Summit - ''Safety Audit Programs that Work – Best Practices'' - St. Petersburg - January 2015
  • TAPPI/Pulp and Paper Association - ''OSHA Recordkeeping'' - St. Petersburg - November 2014
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Occupational Therapy in Work Programs Course - ''The Alphabet Soup of ADA, WC and OSHA'' - Milwaukee - November 2014
  • TAPPI/AICC - ''The Latest Developments at OSHA and Their Impact on Best Practices in Handling an OSHA Inspection'' - Chicago - September 2014
  • Pulp and Paper Safety Association - ''2013-2014 OSHA Developments and Review – What’s New?'' - Orlando - June 2014
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Applied Ergonomics Course - ''Managing an OSHA Inspection for Ergonomics (and Other) Hazards'' - Milwaukee - June 2014
  • American Society of Safety Engineers Annual Safety Conference – Milwaukee Chapter - ''What’s Up At OSHA?'' - Milwaukee - March 2014
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Wisconsin Chapter - ''Multi-Employer Worksites: What to Expect During an OSHA Inspection'' - Madison - February 2014
  • Pulp and Paper Manufacturers Association - ''What’s in the Headlights? – An Employment Law Update'' - Milwaukee - October 2013
  • Pulp and Paper Safety Association - ''Understanding the Legal Pitfalls of Safety and Health Compliance Auditing'' - Williamsburg - June 2013
  • Pulp and Paper Safety Association - ''2013 OSHA Developments and Review'' - Williamsburg - June 2013
  • American Society of Safety Engineers General Safety Conference, Milwaukee Chapter - ''OSHA – What’s Up?'' - Milwaukee - March 2013
  • Illinois Manufacturer’s Association - ''What’s New at OSHA and What’s Ahead'' - Chicago - January 2013
  • Wisconsin Agri-Business Association - ''The Do’s and Don’ts of an OSHA Inspection'' - Wisconsin Dells - January 2013
  • Jefferson County Safety Network - ''OSHA: Mistakes an Employer Makes from an Attorney’s Perspective: What to Do When OSHA Shows Up!'' - Milwaukee - October 2012
  • Society of Human Resources Professionals - ''Screen Out Mr. Hyde Without Being Sued by Dr. Jekyll: The Use of Personality Assessments in Employment'' - Milwaukee - October 2012
  • TAPPI Super CORRExpo - ''OSHA Requirements & Implementation in Your Plant'' - Atlanta - October 2012
  • International Warehouse Logistics Association - ''Top Ten Mistakes an Employer Makes Before and During an OSHA Inspection'' - Memphis - September 2012
  • Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Association Annual Conference - ''Top Ten (Plus!) Hot Button Employment Law Issues for 2012-2013'' - Milwaukee - September 2012
  • Pulp and Paper Safety Association’s 28th Annual Conference - ''Regulatory and Enforcement Developments at OSHA – What’s Up?'' - St. Petersburg - June 2012
  • Pulp and Paper Manufacturer’s Association Annual Conference - ''Now Hear This! The Latest Developments in Employment Law You Must Know'' - Milwaukee - May 2012
  • Empathia - ''Sailing the Bermuda Triangle of Leaves of Absence Under the FMLA, the ADA and Worker’s Compensation'' - Brookfield - April 2012
  • Employee Assistance Professionals Association’s 23rd Annual Conference - ''Sailing the Bermuda Triangle of Leaves of Absence Under the FMLA, the ADA and Worker’s Compensation'' - Waukesha - April 2012
  • American Bar Association Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee Annual Midwinter Meeting - ''OSHA’s Increased Emphasis on Enforcement – The Results So Far'' - South Beach - March 2012
  • American Society of Safety Engineers Annual Safety Conference, Milwaukee Chapter - ''2012 OSHA Development and Review – What’s Up?'' - Milwaukee - March 2012
  • American Bar Association Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee Annual Midwinter Meeting - ''Come, Let Us Reason – Informal and Formal Settlement Trends, Processes and Procedures'' - South Beach - March 2012
  • Dairy Business Association Webinar - ''The Dairy Operator’s Guide to Employment-Related Inspections and Audits by Federal Agencies'' - Milwaukee
  • American Society of Safety Engineers, Fox Valley Chapter - ''2012 OSHA Development and Review – What’s Up?'' - Green Bay
  • SHRM Chapter Meeting, Dodge County - ''Wisconsin’s Concealed Carry Law: How to Prepare for the Impact on Your Business'' - Beaver Dam - November 2011
  • Tool, Die & Machining Association of Wisconsin - ''Wisconsin’s Concealed Carry Law: How to Prepare for the Impact on Your Business'' - Appleton - October 2011
  • Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Forum Annual Conference - ''WC Injury Reporting and OSHA Recordkeeping: The Similarities and the Differences'' - Waukesha - October 2011
  • American Foundry Society, Northeast Wisconsin Chapter - ''2011 OSHA Development and Review – What’s Up?'' - Oshkosh - September 2011
  • SHRM Chapter Meeting, Milwaukee County - ''Wisconsin’s Concealed Carry Law: How to Prepare for the Impact on Your Business'' - Wauwatosa - September 2011
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August 01, 2017 - SHRM Online - "OSHA Launches Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting System"
July 31, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "No OSHA Enforcement Pullback in Trump's First Six Months"
April 14, 2017 - Inside OSHA - "OSHA Enforcement Officials 'Nervous' Amid Ramped Up Cutback Efforts"

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