CARL E. HABEKOST joined Bugbee & Conkle, LLP in 2010. He is the head of the Labor & Employment department at Bugbee & Conkle where he represents employers in all aspects of safety law, workers’ compensation law, and employment law. Carl successfully defends employers’ interests at unemployment compensation hearings, before the OCRC and the EEOC, and at hearings before the Industrial Commission of Ohio and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Carl is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist. From 1994 to 2005, Carl served as a Staff Hearing Officer with the Industrial Commission of Ohio in Toledo, where he decided disputed workers’ compensation issues. In addition, Carl has earned an advanced safety certification as a Certified Occupational Safety Manager which enables him to build and manage effective safety programs to reduce injuries and control costs. Carl has also been designated a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist and earned OSHA 30-hour Certifications in General Industry & Construction.