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No Charge Drug-free Programming Offered in 17 Counties

May 19, 2017

In collaboration with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), OMA Connections Partner, Working Partners® is offering free drug-free Technical Assistance Courses in 17 counties across the state.

The courses are open to 5 businesses per community and will:

  • educate participants on drug trends and legal issues surrounding a drug-free program
  • guide participants through the process of developing (or refining) a state-of-the-art and legally sound drug-free workplace policy/program

Here is more information about the course, a list of the 17 locations involved, course dates and a link to the application.

If you have questions about operating drug-free or to learn more about this opportunity, contact Working Partners®’ Katie Lemke at (614) 337-8200.  5/15/2017

Obama Care vs. AHCA

May 19, 2017

Cheri Gillfillan, president of OMA Connections Partner, One Source Advisors, reminds that there are no new employer requirements at this point under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and it remains the law of the land.

Here is a thorough comparison of ACA (“Obama Care”) and the American Health Care Act (AHCA (House version) prepared by the National Academy for State Health Policy.

Cheri will keep us posted regarding any employer impacts as a result of potential new legislation; in the meantime, if you have questions about your employee health care coverage, requirements or options, please contact One Source Advisors.  5/18/2017

With Changes, Employment Bill Moves Out of Committee

May 12, 2017

After numerous hearings and amendments, House Bill 2, a bill aimed at mirroring Ohio’s civil rights law with the federal law, was voted out of the House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee along party lines.

Opposition to the bill from the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Ohio Association of Justice, and others was dropped after a new sub bill was adopted.

The OMA and other business organizations were supportive of the bill and its purpose. Opponents previously argued the bill would weaken workplace protections.

The latest version of the bill made two prominent changes: language requiring an individual to file a charge of discrimination before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission before filing a lawsuit and extending the statute of limitations for such claims to two years.

You can see all the changes of the bill here.  5/11/2017

Can You Improve Your Hiring Decisions?

May 5, 2017

OMA Connections Partner VisionSpark, posts: “Hiring the right people is one of (if not “the”) most important decisions a business can make. The difference between settling for a 50/50 chance of success and demanding a higher standard can determine your company’s future. Using a strategic hiring system and behavioral interview questions can give you a serious competitive advantage.”

Learn more about the concept of “behavioral interviewing” here5/2/2017

House Finance Committee Increases K-12 Spending, Slightly

April 28, 2017

The House Finance Committee proposed an additional $90 million in state spending on K-12 schools. The funding formula is tweaked also.

To find out how your schools would be affected, check out this spreadsheet4/27/2016

House Goes After Opioid Crisis

April 28, 2017

House Republican leadership has put $170 million in new funding to treat the state’s opioid crisis. Ohio has led the nation in opioid-related deaths.

Leadership proposes to spend: $130 million for treatment, $19.4 million for mental health initiatives, $12.2 million toward prevention efforts, and $9 million to support workforce training programs.  4/27/2017

Seventh Circuit Decides Sexual Orientation is Covered Under Civil Rights Act

April 7, 2017

From OMA Connections Partner, Dinsmore: “On Tuesday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which encompasses Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, became the first federal circuit to rule that sexual orientation is covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The landmark decision created a circuit split between the Seventh Circuit and every other court of appeal to have addressed the issue, setting the stage for a possible Supreme Court showdown regarding the scope of Title VII’s coverage.”

Read more from Dinsmore about the decision4/6/2017

“Blacklisting Rule” is Voided

March 31, 2017

This week President Trump signed the Congressional Review Act, Resolution of Disapproval (H.J. Res 37) of the “Blacklisting Rule,” essentially voiding the rule and preventing it from resurfacing in future administrations.

The rule would have placed extensive and burdensome new reporting requirements on federal contractors by requiring contractors to report any labor law “violation,” even if it was a mere allegation.

The Senate and House both passed the resolution and now the rule is officially voided with the president’s signature.

The National Association of Manufacturers issued a press statement praising the rollback of this unnecessary and burdensome rule.  3/28/2017

New Workplace Gun Law Now in Effect

March 24, 2017

Beginning this week, on March 21, 2017, businesses in Ohio are no longer permitted to ban handguns from all company property.

Senate Bill 199, signed by Governor Kasich on December 19, 2016, precludes private employers from adopting policies that prohibit, or have the effect of prohibiting, employees and others with a valid concealed handgun license from transporting and storing firearms or ammunition in a personal vehicle in an employer’s’ parking lot.

Prior to SB 199, employers in Ohio were free to ban guns on their property, including in parking lots.

Read more about this from OMA Connections Partner, Dinsmore3/22/2017

Skills Based Hiring Pilot in NEO

March 24, 2017

TalentNEO, a regional initiative in northeast Ohio, is sponsoring a no charge, pilot program for skills based hiring by manufacturers.

What is TalentNEO?

“TalentNEO connects companies and jobseekers in NE Ohio using WorkKeys® assessments to articulate and quantify cognitive workplace skills. Driven by business and supported by multiple stakeholders, TalentNEO promotes and supports employers’ use of WorkKeys skills scores in their hiring process to increase applicant pool size, improve retention rates, and reduce costs. TalentNEO aims to expand employment opportunities for jobseekers who have the required skills but lack the educational credentials or experience traditionally used to screen job applicants.”

Read more here3/23/2017