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CBD Continues to Generate Employer Questions

November 15, 2019

As cannabidiol (CBD) grows in popularity, questions from employers continue to pour in — especially since current drug testing methods cannot distinguish whether a positive result was triggered by a legal hemp-derived CBD product or an illegal marijuana-derived CBD product.

In its new analysis, OMA Connections Partner Roetzel & Andress notes there is no law that requires employers to accommodate employees’ use of CBD products. However, court rulings in some states have muddied the waters when it comes to employer obligations. 11/13/2019

EEOC Ordered to Continue Collecting Pay Data

November 15, 2019

This week it was reported that federal lawmakers are taking sides on the debate over the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) decision to discontinue collecting worker pay data, in advance of a public hearing on the issue.

Recently, a federal judge ordered the commission to continue collecting pay data, even though the agency says more than 80% of eligible employers have turned in their 2017 and 2018 compensation information. In its analysis, OMA Connections Partner Fisher & Phillips suggests that employers who are required to complete an EEO-1 Component 2 Report, but haven’t yet done so, should do so immediately. The deadline was Sept. 30. 11/11/2019

Time to Do Your ACA Affordability Cost-Share Homework for 2020

November 15, 2019

Under the Affordable Care Act, applicable large employers are required to offer minimum essential coverage (that is both affordable and meets the minimum value standard) to at least 95% of their eligible full-time equivalent employees.

OMA Connections Partner Bricker & Eckler LLP, in its new analysis, notes that employer penalties may be assessed in two tiers if the employer fails to offer minimum essential coverage to at least 95% of eligible employees and/or the coverage is not affordable and the employees enroll in Marketplace plans. 11/14/2019

Denial, OH Campaign is Effective, but Work Remains

November 8, 2019

Last year, the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance launched the Denial, OH campaign with the aim of preventing prescription opioid misuse. The OMA is a partner in this effort. A recent survey was conducted to examine the campaign’s effectiveness. Findings include:

  • Nearly half of respondents in central Ohio have seen the Denial, OH ads, including 37% of those living in other areas of the state.
  • While most Ohioans still underestimate the threat of opioids to their families, the majority of those who have seen the Denial, OH advertisements reported talking to their kids about opioids as a result.
  • The majority of those who have seen Denial, OH ads reported being more cautious about how they dispose of unused pills.

See the full results of the survey. Visit DontLiveinDenial.org. 11/4/2019

Using Voluntary Benefits to Attract Millennial Talent

November 8, 2019

Millennials (ages 23 to 38 in 2019) consistently cite work-life balance and employer benefits as key factors when considering a job offer. To capitalize on this market shift, OMA Connections Partner One Source Advisors says employers should consider offering more imaginative and comprehensive perks to attract younger talent, starting with voluntary benefits, including:

  • Pet insurance
  • Student loan repayment
  • Identity theft insurance
  • Elder care
  • On-site daycare

For more, get in touch with One Source Advisors. 11/5/2019

NLRB: Employers Can Remove Labor Organizers from Parking Lot

November 8, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board recently issued another decision benefiting employers by holding that an employer does not violate the National Labor Relations Act when it removes from the employer’s parking lot non-employee union representatives who encourage customers to boycott the employer. See the analysis from OMA Connections Partner Bricker & Eckler LLP. 11/4/2019

Is Your Business a Recovery-Supportive Workplace?

November 8, 2019

What is a recovery-supportive workplace? Unfortunately, many employers do not know what being a recovery-supportive workplace really means for their organization. OMA Connections Partner Working Partners® has produced this video to help explain the concept to employers. 11/5/2019

Labor Department Clarifies Fluctuating Work Week Pay Method

November 8, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor, to simplify its wage and hour regs, has proposed a rule allowing employers to offer bonuses or other incentive-based pay to employees whose hours vary from week to week. Read the analysis by OMA Connections Partner Frantz Ward. 11/6/2019

IRS Announces 401(k) Contribution Limit for 2020

November 8, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that employees in 401(k) plans will be able to contribute up to $19,500 next year. 11/7/2019

Employers See Steady Increase in Compensation Costs

November 1, 2019

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this week that compensation costs for private industry workers increased 2.7% over the year, compared to an increase of 2.9% in September 2018. Wages and salaries increased 3.0% for the 12-month period ending in September 2019, while the cost of benefits rose 2.0%. Employer costs for health benefits increased 2.0% for the same one-year period. 10/31/2019