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HR Roundup: Ohio’s Jobless Claims Up, Labor Force Participation Down

December 2, 2022
  • Ohio’s latest jobs report shows two different pictures, with more Ohioans out of work, but fewer looking for work. (Here are the most recent labor force estimates by county.)
  • OMA Connections Partner Schneider Downs has summarized the IRS’ 2023 cost-of-living adjustments for retirement plans and IRAs.
  • Eighty-five percent of C-suite leaders said they felt “human resources” is an outdated term (compared to 73% of HR leaders), a new survey finds.
  • To help HR professionals avoid antitrust violations, OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips has published this list of red flags and best practices.
  • Fisher Phillips has published this summary of a federal court ruling that determined an employee had provided sufficient notice for intermittent FMLA leave due to “flare ups” of recurrent depression.

In other news, Psychology Today has published its list of seven keys to a great workplace culture. 12/2/2022

HR Roundup: Ohio Added 22,500 Manufacturing Jobs Over Past 12 Months

November 22, 2022
  • Ohio’s unemployment rate rose to 4.2% in October, up from 4% in September. (This map shows October’s unemployment rates for all 88 counties.)
  • From October 2021 to October 2022, Ohio manufacturers added 22,500 jobs in the non-durable (+12,100) and durable goods (+10,400) sectors.
  • Ohio’s manufacturing employees earned an average of $1,026.27 a week in October 2022, an increase of $90.17 from a year earlier. (This Ohio Labor Market Review provides averages for the state’s major metros.)
  • New surveys show U.S. employers plan to boost salaries anywhere from 4.6% to 7% in 2023, reports say.
  • Technology use and sick-leave policies are among the topics that may need revisions in 2023 employee handbooks, according to experts.

Meanwhile, CNBC reports these 10 words and phrases are the most annoying in workplace jargon, according to a survey of employees. 11/22/2022

Overcoming Toxic Workplace Culture

November 18, 2022

U.S. employers continue to face labor challenges as 4.1 million workers quit their jobs in September alone.

OMA Connections Partner BSI reports that a recent MIT study found a toxic workplace culture is the top reason people leave their jobs. In this insight, BSI identifies the signs of a declining or toxic work culture — and what employers can do to reverse the trend. 11/16/2022

HR Roundup: Ohio Manufacturing’s Average Hourly Earnings Hit $30.25

November 18, 2022
  • The average hourly earnings of all manufacturing employees in Ohio jumped to $30.25 in September, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (This compares to $31.23 nationwide in October.)
  • A national think tank says Ohio has spent more federal COVID-19 relief funds on unemployment benefits than any other state. (Ohio’s unemployment benefit levels are near the U.S. average, according to this comparison.)
  • Employers are still waiting to see if the U.S. Department of Labor will propose wage and hour changes under the federal overtime rule.
  • Prioritizing “stay interviews” and evaluating benefits are key ways to boost employee retention, HR experts say.
  • Some DEI policies are sending the wrong message, leading to “reverse discrimination,” a new survey warns.

Meanwhile, Congress has passed legislation that would render unenforceable workplace pre-dispute non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses involving sexual assault and sexual harassment. Here are 10 things employers should know, according to OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips. 11/17/2022

HR Roundup: Employers Warned About Hiring Agreements

November 11, 2022
  • OMA Connections Partner Frantz Ward advises employers to carefully consider any hiring agreements — formal or informal — they might enter with competitors following recent antitrust actions by the Biden administration.
  • The NLRB has taken the first step towards scrapping Trump-era rules that made it easier for workers to undo union representation, according to this insight from OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips.
  • Fisher Phillips has also published four tips for updating social media policies as more employees are posting videos from the workplace.
  • Activists seeking to raise Ohio’s minimum wage to $15 will start collecting signatures after they cleared the second hurdle to place the issue on the ballot.
  • IndustryWeek has spotlighted a Pennsylvania manufacturer that has tapped new talent by hiring refugees.

Meanwhile, HR executives in the U.S. are concerned a recession is looming and a majority have already implemented at least one strategy to reduce or adjust the size of their workforce, according to PwC’s latest survey. 11/10/2022

Manufacturing Wages, Salaries Grow at Record Pace

November 4, 2022

Wages and salaries for U.S. private-sector workers continued to soar in Q3, growing 5.2% year over year through September, according to the latest federal data. Benefit costs increased 5% over the period.

Manufacturing wages and salaries also rose 5.2% over the 12-month period, up from 4.9% in the second quarter. It was the fastest pace of growth in the history of the data series, dating to 2001, according to Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers. 10/31/2022

HR Roundup: $15 Minimum Wage Clears First Hurdle

November 4, 2022
  • Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has approved a petition to raise Ohio’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2028, although the initiative is still in the early phases of getting on the next general election ballot.
  • This summary of a manufacturers event hosted by OMA Connections Partner Gilmore Jasion Mahler includes insight for executives who are examining the role compensation packages play in recruiting and retention.
  • The federal government’s September report recorded 806,000 manufacturing job openings nationwide.
  • A study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute finds 60% of U.S. employees are concerned about their financial well-being. Fewer than half say they’re offered a financial wellness program at work.
  • Ohio’s labor force participation rate continues to linger at lower rates not seen since the late 1970s, according to federal data.
  • U.S. manufacturing labor productivity decreased 1.3% in Q3, a new federal report says.
  • A new era of hiring startups has arrived as several online jobs platforms are focused on skilled blue-collar hiring.
  • OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips has published this guidance, which provides six antitrust compliance steps that employers should consider after the first-ever federal criminal prosecution in a wage-fixing case.
  • Fisher Phillips has also published its 2023 Workplace Law Forecast, which includes the firm’s predictions in areas related to HR and manufacturing.

Meanwhile, Ohio was among the states reporting the fewest total job separations in August, at 3.8%. This graphic shows several states were still reporting job separation rates between 5.5% and 7%. 11/3/2022

Report: 100M Americans Weren’t Working Last Month

November 4, 2022

Roughly 100 million Americans were not working as of early October, according to the Census Bureau. While nearly half of the respondents were retired, another 12% were either sick from an illness unrelated to COVID-19 or disabled; 6% were caring for a child or elderly person; and another 6.8 million did not want to be employed, according to Bloomberg.

Lack of transportation kept around 1.2 million workers on the sidelines. 11/1/2022

EEOC Publishes New Anti-Discrimination Poster

October 28, 2022

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released the “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” poster, replacing the “EEO is the Law” poster. OMA Connections Partner Dinsmore says the new poster must generally be displayed by employers with more than 15 employees.

OMA Connections Partner Frantz Ward has also reported on this development. 10/24/2022

HR Roundup: 401(k) Contribution Limits Raised for 2023

October 28, 2022
  • Due to inflation, employees will be allowed to contribute up to $22,500 in 401(k) plans in 2023, up from $20,500 this year. (Those 50 and older may contribute up to $30,000.) Here’s more information from OMA Connections Partner Roetzel.
  • While Ohio’s statewide unemployment rate was 4% last month, this map shows the jobless rate varied from as high as 5.5% in Monroe County to as low as 2.5% in Holmes County.
  • OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips has published this list of questions for employers to use (and avoid) when interviewing job applicants.
  • To boost recruitment, several U.S. companies have launched free (or almost-free) college programs for frontline workers, according to reports.
  • Political divisions will prevent Congress from taking up immigration reform in the lame-duck period after the election, according to Politico.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Labor has extended the comment period for its proposed rule on classifying independent contractors, moving the deadline from Nov. 28 to Dec. 13. 10/27/2022


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