For years, Ohio had one of the most convoluted laws regarding age discrimination–providing no less than 4 different statutory paths to claiming age discrimination. In addition, Ohio permitted aggrieved employees to personally sue individual management employees for their actions because the law considered managers and supervisors to be within the definition of an “employer.” Finally,
On September 14, 2020, Ohio passed and the Governor signed House Bill 606, which provides qualified immunity to healthcare providers and employers who are accused of spreading COVID-19. It will become effective on December 13, 2020 (90 days after signed into law).
Section 1 of the law provides qualified immunity to healthcare providers providing services…
Governor DeWine signed an executive order on June 16, 2020 that provides exceptions to the general rule that employees may not refuse to return to the workplace following a COVID-19 pandemic layoff or work-at-home situation. Employees with “good cause” may remain at home and refuse to work and still receive unemployment benefits. Good cause includes:…
Governor DeWine expanded Ohio’s responsible restart program and added several categories of businesses to the list of businesses that may reopen beginning June 10th:
- Art galleries
- Country clubs
- Ice skating rinks
- Indoor family entertainment centers
- Indoor sports facilities
- Laser tag facilities
- Movie theaters (indoor)
- Playgrounds (outdoor)
- Public recreation centers
- Roller skating rinks
The Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) created a website for employers to report false claims of unemployment, available here. Employers should report to ODJFS any employees: (1) to which they offered work that the employee refused, (2) that refused to report back to work, or (3) that quit upon an offer…
On April 27th, Governor Mike DeWine announced a plan to re-open Ohio businesses that were closed by the stay-at-home order. The return to business (and work) will occur in phases. The Governor stressed that the five critical protocols, available here, for all businesses getting back to work are: (1) require face coverings…
The Ohio Department of Insurance issued a bulletin on March 20, 2020, Bulletin 2020-03. During the COVID-19 crisis and state of emergency, insurers must permit employers to continue covering employees who would otherwise become ineligible due to not being actively at work or due to a decrease in hours.
In addition, insurers must give…
As of midnight on Tuesday, March 24, all non-essential businesses are ordered closed, and citizens in Ohio are instructed to stay at home until at least April 6, 2020. There are exceptions to this Order, and the exceptions seem to swallow the rule.
Employers in essential businesses are supposed to maintain “minimum basic operations”…
Office romances happen, whether HR or management is aware or not. When they do, management and HR are often at a loss as to what to do. For starters, don’t bury your head in the sand. Here are 3 tips to deal with romance in the workplace. Happy Valentine’s Day
1. Have a sexual harassment…