News and Analysis
Ohio’s Minimum Wage to Increase
Employers take note: effective January 1, 2009, the state minimum wage increases to $7.30 per hour. The increase is automatic by function of law as a result of the minimum wage initiated statute approved by Ohio voters in November 2006. The ballot language provided for inflation adjusted increases annually. Click here to view the official state minimum wage poster.
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Standard Employment Forms For 2009
As an OMA member, you can access standard up-to-date reproducible forms, including absentee calendar, employment application, health questionnaire, vacation form and state and federal posting requirements to assist your human resource department, managers and supervisors. These forms comply with federal and Ohio laws and have been reviewed by counsel for compliance as recently as November 2008. Best of all, they are free to OMA members.
Download the forms here.
Bad Health Care Mandates are Back
The Senate Insurance, Commerce, and Labor Committee has held two hearings in the lame-duck session on SB 99 mandating that employers include a prescriptive diabetes coverage in their plans. The OMA continues to be strongly opposed to all health care mandates and has sent a letter to all members of the committee communicating this position, again.
In an economy in crisis it is astonishing that cost-increasing, job-killing mandates continue to be advanced.
DOL Publishes New FMLA Rules this Week
On November 17, 2008, the Department of Labor (DOL) published its final rule to implement the first-ever amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The rule, which goes into effect January 16, 2009, is seen as positive by the employer community and should serve to increase clarity for employers and employees in administering the 15 year-old rule. Here is the DOL’s summary. The OMA is offering a webinar learning event on December 11 about how to comply with the new rule.
The Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Revising the FMLA and Providing Military Leave RegulationsNovember 20, 2008
The Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Revising the FMLA and Providing Military Leave Regulations
On November 17, 2008, the Department of Labor published its Final Rule revising the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) regulations and implementing the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) amendments to the FMLA, which provide for new family military leave entitlements. From OMA Connections Partner, Roetzel & Andress
Regional Meetings on School Reform Scheduled
Governor Ted Strickland announced that he will host six regional forums across the state in November and December focusing on school funding. The forums are designed to gather feedback on Ohio’s school funding system before the governor introduces his education reform and school funding proposal in 2009. Most of the meetings will be aired on local PBS stations.
The school reform proposal of the governor will come in a biennial budget period that will be the tightest in recent memory. It will be a challenging session of the General Assembly.
What Would a Sick Leave Mandate Cost Ohio? Up to $400 Million a Year
Before the sick leave mandate was withdrawn from the ballot, economists at Cleveland State University were commissioned (by the coalition opposing the issue) to study its effects. Here are findings of the study:
“Our analysis concludes that there would have been a net cost … with a lower bound estimate of $63.84 annual net cost per newly covered worker and an upper bound estimate of $260.48 annual net cost per newly covered worker. We estimate that 1.6 million workers would have gained paid sick and family care leave if the proposed initiative were enacted in Ohio; therefore, our lower bound estimate is that the total net cost in Ohio would be $102.9 million dollars per year and our upper bound estimate is $420.0 million dollars per year.
“This estimated range is the minimum impact on the state. It does not include the dynamic, economic development impacts. Our cost benefit analysis looks at the short run impacts and does not include longer term negative effects that result from Ohio losing investment to border states as companies seek to avoid the mandates.”
Ohio dodged this one (for now). Will the U.S.?
New Superintendent of Public Instruction Picked
Ohio has a new state school’s superintendent. She is Deborah S. Delisle, who has served since 2003 as the superintendent of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District. An executive search was conducted by Hudepohl & Associates, a Columbus-based firm. The State Board of Education worked with Governor Ted Strickland in making the pick. The governor’s chief of staff, John Haseley, sat on the search committee, as did Senator Joy Padgett, the Chair of the Senate Education Committee.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that “Delisle won over the board — and the governor — with her vision, leadership, enthusiasm and Ohio roots.” The other finalist was from New Mexico, and her predecessor was from New York.
Editors of the Cleveland Plain Dealer found Delisle an “excellent choice” and “just what the governor ordered” when he “ruffle(d) some feathers at the State Board of Education” by calling for a restructuring of the position to improve performance.
Delisle has a big and very important job for Ohio and its future. We wish her well.
OMA Recorded Webinar – “Healthy Families Act”: Understand and Defeat It (and Prepare a Contingency Plan)October 20, 2008
OMA Recorded Webinar – “Healthy Families Act”: Understand and Defeat It (and Prepare a Contingency Plan)
The Healthy Families Act (HFA) proponents are collecting signatures to place the issue on the November 2008 ballot for a decision by Ohio voters. The proposed HFA would apply to employers with at least 25 employees, requiring employers to give full-time employees 7 paid sick days per year, and a pro-rated amount for part-time employees.
Manufacturers recognize that this proposal poses enormous challenges – for operations, for administration and for the bottom line. This session will help members understand what efforts are being taken to defeat the measure and plan for the potential impact of this proposal on operations should it pass. Run time approximately 1 hour. Recorded 06/24/2008From OMA Connections Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP
Ohio’s minimum wage will rise again in 2009
Ohio’s minimum wage will rise again in 2009. Find out the details in this Bricker & Eckler’s Human Resources Client Bulletin.
From OMA Conections Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP