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Bricker Graydon Publishes Memo on Minimum Wage Bill

May 17, 2024

As reported last week, Ohio Senator Bill Blessing (R-Colerain Twp) has introduced a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour in an effort to preempt a possible November ballot issue. OMA’s Counsel Bricker Graydon has produced this memo outlining the impacts the bill would have on manufacturers.

The minimum wage issue will be discussed at the upcoming May 22 Government Affairs Committee meeting. 5/16/2024

Internal Communications: An Investment Worth Making

May 17, 2024

Think office spaces, equipment and security are the most valuable investments? What about the equally crucial investment that many overlook — employee engagement.

A recent Gallup report has uncovered a shocking decline in employee engagement that could be costing your business big time. OMA Connections Partner Akhia shares more about the connection between internal communications and productivity, and how strategic communications can elevate your team’s performance to help boost the bottom line. 5/15/2024

Register for Webinar on New Federal Overtime Rule

May 10, 2024

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) announced a major increase in the salary threshold for certain exempt employees who will now be eligible for overtime pay.

OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips will host a webinar on May 15 to discuss what can be done now to prepare for these changes to take place on July 1. 5/6/2024

Minimum Wage Bill Introduced

May 10, 2024

Ohio Senator Bill Blessing (R-Colerain Twp) has introduced a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour in an effort to preempt a possible November ballot issue. The proposed legislation reportedly aims to achieve this increase in a phased approach: non-tipped workers would see their minimum wage rise to $15 over the course of four years beginning in 2028 — while tipped workers would receive $7.50 an hour.

Additionally, the bill includes a refundable earned income tax credit that could provide lower-income workers with a tax refund in certain cases.

The minimum wage issue will be discussed at the upcoming May 22 government affairs committee meeting. 5/5/2024

Insights on the New Federal Overtime Rule

May 3, 2024

The final rule on overtime salary threshold from the US Department of Labor last week is expected to affect roughly 4 million employees nationwide.

OMA Connections Partner CliftonLarsonAllen released this article with key insights on the rule, historical context, and what employers can expect when the rule takes effect on July 1. 5/1/2024

Feds Finalize Rule Banning Non-Compete Agreements

April 26, 2024

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 3-2 on Tuesday to ban noncompete agreements that prevent tens of millions of employees from working for competitors or starting a competing business after they leave a job.

The OMA has previously led comments from Ohio’s business community opposing the rule back in April.

OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips has created a breakdown of the rule and how employers can plan for the roll out. 4/17/2024

Biden Administration Expands Overtime Eligibility Law

April 26, 2024

This week, the Biden Administration finalized a new rule set to make millions of salaried workers eligible for overtime pay in the U.S.

Starting Jul. 1, employers will be required to pay overtime to salaried workers who make less than $58,888 by 2025. This is a significant jump from the previous $35,568, which was set under the Trump administration in 2019. 4/25/2024

EEOC Finalizes Rule for Employers to Accommodate Abortion: What You Need to Know

April 19, 2024

This week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission finalized its rule to require employers to accommodate applicants and workers who need time off or other workplace modifications for an abortion procedure or recovery.

OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips has created a detailed breakdown of the rule and what is expected of employers. 4/17/2024

Non-Linear Career Paths are the New Norm, How Can Employers Adapt?

April 12, 2024

More employees than ever are choosing non-linear career paths, deviating from previous generations. This has left many talent acquisition and retention experts scratching their heads.

This article from OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips highlights how employers can adapt and support these employees to find professional fulfillment in whatever path they choose. 4/07/2024

Finding Cost and Operational Efficiencies with Tailored Workforce Solutions

April 12, 2024

Operational efficiency is the lifeblood of manufacturing, but balancing increased demand while optimizing labor costs is one of the largest hurdles to clear.

OMA Connections Partner Traba is hosting a webinar to tackle this challenge, with a focus on labor planning, optimizing workforce demands, and solving talent acquisition problems. Click here to register. 4/10/2024