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Looking for Experience in Exporting?

January 17, 2020

If your company is pursuing international business, consider hiring a college intern with exporting expertise. The Ohio Development Services Agency will reimburse half of the full-time summer wages, up to $3,600. Applications are now under review, so apply before the Feb.1 deadline. Learn more here. 1/15/2020

Check Out OMA’s Webinar on Employee Cannabis Use

January 17, 2020

According to a study reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, employees who tested positive for marijuana had 55% more industrial accidents, 85% more injuries, and 75% greater absenteeism compared to those who tested negative.

If cannabis use is among your workplace concerns, check out this OMA on-demand webinar, presented by our Connections Partner Roetzel & Andress. It addresses topics such as employers’ rights when enforcing drug-free workplace policies, and how employee marijuana use impacts an employer’s liability. 1/16/2020

Congress Makes Big Changes to Retirement Plans

January 10, 2020

In late December, President Trump signed into law a federal spending bill that included the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (the “SECURE Act”). This new law makes significant regulatory changes to retirement plans — including participation of part-time workers. OMA Connections Partner Calfee has produced a comprehensive summary of the law’s key provisions that employers and plan sponsors should be familiar with. 1/7/2020

Summary of NLRB’s Recent Actions

January 10, 2020

As we reported late last year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) spent the last few weeks of 2019 issuing several decisions favorable to employers in both unionized and non-unionized workplaces. OMA Connections Partner Calfee has published this summary of the NLRB’s actions. 1/8/2020

Reminder: HR Sample Forms Available on OMA’s Website

January 10, 2020

For the convenience of OMA members, we’ve updated our online library of commonly used human resources forms. Included are forms for employment application, performance evaluation, vacation schedules, state and federal posting requirements, and more. Reviewed by the OMA’s legal counsel, Bricker & Eckler LLP, these forms are free and available on demand on the OMA’s website (see the right sidebar). Read the instructions to ensure compliance with applicable laws. 1/6/2020

Webinar: FMCSA Clearinghouse Explained

January 10, 2020

Employers regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are now required to supply the agency with information about violations of federal drug and alcohol testing rules by employees as part of a new FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse. OMA Connections Partner Working Partners® is hosting a 30-minute webinar on Thursday, Jan. 16, to help you comply with the new requirements. 1/8/2020

Just How Do Browns and Bengals Fans Cope?

January 10, 2020

How tough was the football season for Cleveland and Cincinnati fans? So bad that the State Medical Board of Ohio has been asked to make Bengals or Browns fandom a condition that qualifies for treatment with medical marijuana.

That reminds us: On Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 10-11 a.m., the OMA will host a webinar presented by our Connections Partner Roetzel to explain the status of Ohio and federal law regarding employee use of cannabis, marijuana, hemp and Cannabidiol (CBD) products. 1/7/2020

Jan. 15 Webinar Will Address Employee Use of Cannabis

January 3, 2020

Employee use of cannabis is an employment law topic that employers must navigate carefully. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 10-11 a.m. EST, the OMA will host a webinar presented by our Connections Partner Roetzel & Andress to explain the current status of Ohio and federal law regarding cannabis, marijuana, hemp, and Cannabidiol (CBD) products. Find out more. 1/2/2020

Ohio’s Minimum Wage Now at $8.70

January 3, 2020

Ohio’s hourly minimum wage increased on Jan. 1, rising to $8.70 for non-tipped employees — up from $8.55 in 2019. The new minimum applies to employers with annual gross receipts of more than $319,000. The increase was mandated by a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2006.

Ohio is one of just seven states in which the minimum wage is based on the previous year’s inflation rate. Here’s a look at every state’s minimum wage for 2020. 1/2/2020