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Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit 2017 – Registration is Open!

August 11, 2017

Workforce challenges are among Ohio manufacturers’ most pressing issues.
But, there are specific actions manufacturers are taking to improve workforce recruitment, retention and training.
Come to OMA’s Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit 2017 on Wednesday, November 1 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center to learn what others are doing to make a difference.

This event is for Ohio manufacturers and their critical workforce suppliers. Learn more and register here! 8/10/2017

DOL’s Overtime Rule … in Limbo

August 4, 2017

As you may know, Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rules were going to change dramatically last year before a federal court stepped in to delay the changes. Now, the Trump administration is signaling that it may revise the current rules and is seeking feedback from the public.

Here’s a summary of the state of play from OMA Connections Partner, Clark Schaefer Hackett. 8/2/2017

New I-9 Form Effective September 2017

July 28, 2017

OMA Connections Partner, Barnes & Thornburg, posts: “The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a new version of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form on July 17. Employers may use the new version or the prior version until Sept. 17, 2017. Beginning on Sept. 18, 2017, the new version of the I-9 must be used for any new verifications.”

Read more from Barnes & Thornburg here. 7/25/2017

OMA Adds Employee Performance Evaluation Form to HR Forms

July 21, 2017

We’ve just added a model Employee Performance Evaluation Form to our suite of forms that support human resources managers.

The form was created by OMA employment law counsel, Betsy Swift, of Bricker & Eckler.

Download a static PDF version or a PDF version into which you can directly type.

Find it and other legally-reviewed employment forms and guidance on this web page; scroll right sidebar to HR Tools. 7/18/2017

Health Care Reform Bills in Congress: State of Play

July 14, 2017

OMA Connections Partner, One Source Advisors, has supplied this comparison of the Affordable Care Act vs. the House and Senate versions of their health care reform bills. 7/12/2017

The State’s In-Demand Jobs List Updated

July 14, 2017

This month, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation released an updated version of Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs List, which contains the top 266 occupations forecasted by Ohio employers, labor market data, job posting trends, and regional forecasts from JobsOhio’s targeted industries.

To qualify as “in-demand”, an occupation will typically meet the following criteria (at the state level, not the individual company level):

  • Pay greater than or equal to $13.47 per hour AND
  • Have greater than or equal to 230 projected annual openings OR
  • Have projected annual growth of 50 or more openings

The In-Demand Survey is used statewide to guide workforce development, training, and education efforts to align with the needs of employers.

The state has an ongoing survey for employers to identify in-demand jobs. To participate in the ongoing survey, please email here with your name and contact information to be sent a unique link to participate. 7/13/2017

Prepare for an Active Aggressor Incident

June 23, 2017

In the event of an active aggressor situation, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), along with law enforcement personnel and the Department of Homeland Security, recommends the defense techniques: Run, Hide, Fight.

Here is information about these defense tactics from Darrin Blosser, BWC Threat Assessment Coordinator, and more recommendations from BWC Special Investigation and Security. 6/20/2017

Central Ohio Manufacturers: Opportunity to Engage OSU Engineering Interns

June 16, 2017

The OSU Capstone Project course is an industry-university partnership that integrates business realities into the curriculum of seniors in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Program. Project teams, comprised of 3 to 4 students, are supervised/ coached by faculty mentors while working for a sponsoring manufacturer.

Projects are completed over the course of one semester and the next cycle starts in August.

Potential projects that sponsoring manufacturers can assign to interns include: Process improvement related – Value stream map and De-bottleneck; Facility layout related for new or process improvement; Ergonomic related – Better workstation design; Supply chain analysis – Demand Forecasting, Inventory Management, Logistics Improvement; Financial analysis – Look at different businesses cases and provide a framework to help evaluate opportunities and payback; and more.

For more information, contact OSU’s Aimee Ulstad, P.E., College of Engineering Integrated Systems Engineering at (614) 769-4282. 6/15/2017

Off to Manufacturing Summer Camp!

June 9, 2017

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) encourages Ohio students to participate in summer manufacturing camps that are organized by Brown’s office throughout the state to help young Ohioans learn about manufacturing jobs available in Ohio.

Now in their fifth year, Brown’s summer manufacturing camps help introduce kids and their parents to an up-to-date, real-world understanding of American manufacturing, while teaching them the role manufacturing has played — and continues to play — in building and maintaining our economy and our middle class.

This summer, camps are scheduled to take place in: Athens, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Fulton, Geauga, Guernsey, Jackson, Jefferson, Lake, Licking, Lorain, Mahoning, Muskingum, Ross, Tuscarawas, Stark, Washington and Wood Counties.

Here is a list of the various camps, dates and contacts.

A major shout-out to the many organizations and manufacturers that make this happen, including OMA member Alliance for Working Together! 6/7/2017

Asking Job Applicants for Salary Histories? Use Caution.

June 9, 2017

OMA Connections Partner Frantz Ward recently posted: “… most employers currently ask job applicants for their salary histories. This is a reasonable question, and one that employers find useful to help attract and retain talented employees. Given recent legislative initiatives and judicial decisions on this topic, however, employers should tread carefully.”

And: “Even for employers who operate in jurisdictions that do not prohibit salary-history inquiries—such as Ohio—other laws may limit the extent to which such information may be used in determining compensation.”

Read more from Frantz Ward about this issue. 6/8/2017