News and Analysis
In this election season, employers are facing the daunting challenge of keeping peace among employees with differing political views. OMA Connections Partner Frantz Ward has published this guidance to help employers update their policies on political speech in the workplace — including bans on political hats, buttons, clothes, and banners. 9/21/2020
There are two opportunities to learn how the OMA helps members offer their employees affordable, comprehensive health care plans similar to what much larger companies offer.
A collaboration of the OMA, the National Association of Manufacturers, Mercer and UnitedHealthcare allows small and mid-sized businesses to offer easy and convenient, Fortune 500-type benefits and enrollment to employees and their families.
- Register here for the briefing on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m. (ET).
- Register here for the briefing on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. (ET).
Or contact One Source Advisors, OMA’s endorsed health care broker, to learn more right now. 9/20/2020
As we reported earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Ohio recently held that the privacy of an at-will employee is not invaded when the employee is required to produce a urine sample while being monitored by a same-sex employer representative.
OMA General Counsel Bricker & Eckler has published this analysis of the decision. According to the firm, while the ruling strengthens an employer’s ability to effectively maintain a drug-free workplace, employers that intend to use the direct observation method may wish to update their substance abuse policies to notify employees of when they may use this method. 9/16/2020
The bill would create new operations for inquiries and notifications, while also creating the Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council to review and research current Ohio unemployment compensation administrative practices. Interestingly enough, the council would not be allowed to review solvency issues. As OMA members know, Ohio’s unemployment system solvency has been in question for some time. 9/17/2020
At 11 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday, Sept. 30, OMA Connections Partner Roetzel will host a free webinar to help businesses navigate Ohio’s unemployment insurance (UI) system. The webinar will offer tips and best practices for administering a company’s UI claims, including strategies for responding to a former (or current) employee’s claim, as well as guidance on deciding whether to appeal an adverse ruling. Register here. 9/14/2020
In response to a legal challenge, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a new temporary rule interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and its provisions addressing employee leave during COVID-19. The new rule was issued to revise and clarify several parts of an earlier DOL rule that were struck down by a New York federal court.
A federal appeals court has ruled that an employer unlawfully fired a union supporter and made coercive threats to workers before a union election, but determined the National Labor Relations Board’s remedies for those infractions were too harsh. For more on the court’s decision, read this summary by OMA Connections Partner Dinsmore. 9/14/2020
Are you bringing your employees — or additional employees — back to the workplace? Now is time to ensure your business has best practices in place for employee health. OMA Connections Partner Clark Schaefer Hackett has published this printable checklist of key items to include in your planning. 9/10/2020
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has again updated its guidance regarding employees returning to work during the pandemic. A revised Q&A document published this week addresses another set of common questions that have arisen under the ADA and other anti-discrimination laws.
Read this analysis from OMA Connections Partner Roetzel for more on this development. 9/9/2020
As if 2020 hasn’t been challenging enough for employers, we’ve now entered the final two months of a contentious presidential election. OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips has published this article addressing some common misconceptions held by employees and employers when it comes to political speech — and how to respond to problems should they arise. 9/9/2020