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Labor Groups Seek to Hike Ohio’s Minimum Wage to $13

January 24, 2020

Under a proposed constitutional amendment filed last week, Ohio’s minimum wage would increase nearly 50% to $13 by 2025. The proposed amendment was filed by Ohio’s two largest public labor unions. Attorney General Dave Yost has until Monday, Jan. 27, to determine if a summary of the amendment is a fair and truthful statement.

The state’s minimum wage is currently $8.70, compared to the federal standard of $7.25. Ohio is one of just seven states in which the minimum wage is tied to inflation. Under the proposed amendment, Ohio’s minimum wage would still be subject to inflation increases. 1/22/2020

Private-Sector Union Membership Falls to 6.2%

January 24, 2020

Union membership among America’s wage and salary private-sector workers fell to a record low 6.2% last year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Meanwhile, the union membership rate for taxpayer-funded public workers was 33.6%.

When public- and private-sector employee data were combined, union membership in the U.S. was still at a record low of 10.3%.

In 2019, 11.9% of Ohio workers belonged to labor unions, down 0.7% from the year before. Ohio remained among the states with the highest number of union members. 1/23/2020

Reminder: New Federal Overtime Rule Now in Effect

January 24, 2020

OMA Connections Partner Dinsmore has issued a reminder that on Jan. 1, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) rule that makes 1.3 million more workers eligible for overtime pay took effect. Here’s what DOL says you need to know about the changes and where to find compliance assistance resources. 1/22/2020

It’s Now Easier for Small Employers to Offer Retirement Plans

January 24, 2020

In a new report, OMA Connections Partner Calfee says the new federal SECURE Act increases small employers’ access to retirement plans. By allowing “Pooled Employer Plans” (PEPs), the new law enables small employers to offer their employees a tax-qualified savings plan with reduced costs, while providing employers with easier set-up, as well as improved administration and fiduciary oversight. 1/22/2020

At a Glance: Employee Access to Paid Leave Programs

January 24, 2020

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has published a slideshow that examines workers’ access to — and use of — paid leave benefits. The BLS data show that 66% of wage and salary workers had access to paid leave in 2017-18, up from 60% in 2011. In production-based industries, more than 70% of employees had access to paid leave. 1/22/2020

Report: For U.S. Manufacturers, Employee Compensation Costs Average $40 an Hour

January 17, 2020

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that total employee compensation costs — across all private sector industries — averaged $34.77 an hour as of September 2019. Total compensation costs for U.S. manufacturers were considerably higher, averaging $40.01 per hour. That includes $26.19 for wages and salaries, and $13.81 for benefits. 1/14/2020

U.S. Labor Department Revises Joint Employer Rule

January 17, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced its final rule regarding joint employer liability under the Fair Labor Standards Act. See the analysis by Roetzel, an OMA Connections Partner.

On its Twitter feed, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) said the new rule “is a win for manufacturers.” 1/13/2020

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