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Columbus Salary History Ban to Take Effect

March 1, 2024

Starting on March 1, 2024, Columbus will join over 40 states, counties, and cities in prohibiting employers from asking applicants about wage rates or salary history.

OMA Connections Partner BrickerGraydon broke down the details of the ban and what employers should expect starting today. 2/27/2024

How to Recruit and Retain Top-Tier Engineering Talent

March 1, 2024

This article from IndustryWeek details how manufacturers can set themselves apart from their competitors to attract and retain in-demand engineers. 2/28/2024

Gen Z in Manufacturing: A Perspective

February 23, 2024

On a recent episode of their ‘Gen Z in Manufacturing’ podcast, talks to Bryce Walters, a 26-year-old manufacturing robotics engineer for Lockheed Martin.

Walters details his journey into the industry, what drives him, and how manufacturers can help steer Gen Z to find their sense of purpose in the industry. 2/20/2024

Open Book Management: A Winning Strategy

February 23, 2024

This insight from IndustryWeek lays out the case for open-book management in the manufacturing industry.

The author highlights the potential strengths that come with not only giving your employees a more detailed picture but also giving them some skin in the game. 2/19/2024

Benefits Trends: 2023 Review and 2024 Predictions

February 16, 2024

OMA Connections Partner American Fidelity will be hosting a webinar next week on benefit trends that drive employee recruitment and retention.

Sessions will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. CST/ 12 pm. EST and Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. CST/ 2 p.m. EST. 2/6/2024

HR Roundup: Election Year, The Battle to Retain Talent, and ‘Made in America’ Means Something

February 16, 2024
  • During an election year, politics can spill over into the workplace. Connections Partner Fisher Phillips has released some FAQ’s on dealing with election season in the workplace.
  • OMA Connections Partner RSM highlights the battle to retain top talent and what makes employees stay.

In a recently published article, IndustryWeek details how manufacturers should leverage ‘Made in America’ for a competitive advantage. 2/8/2024

Workplace Law Update: February To-Do List

February 9, 2024

OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips has published this guidance to help employers keep up with recent changes to labor and employment law. The list includes tips on how to prepare for the Super Bowl’s workplace impact, as well as how to navigate the NLRB’s new joint employer rule. 2/6/2024

HR Roundup: Slow Year-Over-Year Manufacturing Growth

February 9, 2024
  • On an annual basis, the U.S. manufacturing economy added a net 23,000 jobs between January 2023 and January 2024, an increase of just 0.2%, according to reports.
  • For two consecutive months, Ohio has seen a steady increase in continued jobless claims, according to state data.
  • OMA Connections Partner RSM has published this list of reasons to consider payroll outsourcing.
  • OMA Connections Partner Benesch has published this insight on the federal government’s efforts to reduce fraud in the H-1B Visa Lottery program

Meanwhile, a new study finds age gaps between workers and managers can hurt productivity, but inclusion efforts can help offset the losses. 2/8/2024

Labor Unions Continue to See Membership Declines

February 2, 2024

The percentage of Ohio workers belonging to a labor union fell to 12.5% in 2023, which is still above the U.S. rate, according to recent reports. Here’s a look at Ohio’s union numbers for the past 35 years.

At its March 5 meeting, the OMA’s Government Affairs Committee will examine the proliferation of union-friendly legislation and activity at the state and federal level. Register now. 1/31/2024

HR Roundup: Ohio MFG Hourly Earnings Near $32

February 2, 2024
  • The Employment Cost Index — the Fed’s key metric for wage growth — has slowed to the lowest level since June 2021, according to OMA Connections Partner RSM.
  • In December 2023, job openings in U.S. manufacturing rose by 48,000 to 601,000. Ohio Means Jobs listed nearly 19,000 manufacturing-related openings as of Jan. 31.
  • As of Jan. 31, the average hourly earnings for all Ohio manufacturing production employees was $26.13; the average for all Ohio manufacturing employees was $31.74.
  • OMA Connections Partner Arrowhead Talent Solutions offers these four tips for company leaders who are looking for a capable successor.
  • OMA Connections Partner American Fidelity has published this look at paid leave trends nationwide.
  • On Feb. 21, OMA Connections Partner CliftonLarsonAllen will host a webinar to examine performance reviews and coaching.

Meanwhile, HR Dive has published this look at how Chipotle is recruiting Gen Z workers with new benefits, including student loan payments and faster access to paychecks. 2/1/2024