News and Analysis
OMA Connections Partner Paycor is providing a free recorded webinar with manufacturing and construction expert Jon Thurmond to answer pressing HR questions as they relate specifically to manufacturing. Watch on demand here. 12/8/2020
OMA Connections Partner Calfee reports on this week’s Supreme Court of Ohio decision that expands the cause of action for negligent hire, retention and/or supervision to allow for customers (and presumably other third parties) to sue businesses — even if there is no underlying civil or criminal finding that the employee at issue engaged in wrongdoing.
In a separate report on the case, OMA Connections Partner Roetzel said the court’s ruling means employers need to ensure that they “are being thorough and diligent in the hiring process, have supervisors in place doing their job and dealing with misconduct, and do not hold on too long to an employee with a tendency to act in an inappropriate or violent manner.” 12/10/2020
The Coalition to Stop the Spread — a private-sector alliance of Ohio companies, chambers and associations, including the OMA — has launched its campaign to encourage business leaders to take active roles in the fight against COVID-19.
When COVID-19 vaccines are available to the general public, can private employers require employees to be vaccinated? OMA Connections Partner Dinsmore has published this insight, which says employers need to consider relevant equal opportunity regulations, as well as CDC and state guidance before requiring vaccinations. 12/1/2020
The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services has announced that work-search requirements will soon be restored for people claiming unemployment benefits. Starting Sunday, Dec. 6, Ohioans who apply for unemployment benefits will be required to conduct work-search activities. 12/2/2020
OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips reports an increase in unemployment benefit claims fraud. In this new guidance, the firm says the best step businesses can take is to prepare before any such fraudulent claim is made. “Educate your workforce about these kinds of problems and encourage them to be alert and aware of the dangers that could be lurking 12/1/2020
At 3 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, Dec. 9, OMA Connections Partner CliftonLarsonAllen will host a free webinar to provide an overview of key issues that employee benefit plan sponsors should be aware of as 2021 approaches. Topics to be covered include the SECURE Act, the CARES Act, and potential legislation for 2021. Learn more or register here. 12/3/2020
The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a final rule that addresses new requirements for employer-sponsored group health plans. EHS Today reports that the rule includes a provision that plans provide enrollees with estimates of their out-of-pocket expenses for services from different health care providers. The rule will begin to take effect in January 2022 and will be fully effective in 2024. 11/23/2020
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced this week that the drastic drop in Ohio’s unemployment rate has triggered federally mandated changes in both the federal-state Extended Benefits program and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
According to the agency, Ohio is no longer in a “high unemployment period” as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor. As a result, Ohioans who were previously eligible for extended jobless benefits no longer will be come specific dates in December. 11/24/2020
In an effort to combat the recent surge of COVID-19 cases, Gov. Mike DeWine this week issued a 21-day statewide curfew. The “Stay at Home Tonight” order impacts the hours between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., and is set to remain in effect until Dec. 11, 2020. Meanwhile, some local governing bodies have begun issuing “stay home” advisories to complement the state curfew.
OMA general counsel Bricker & Eckler has produced this summary of Ohio’s curfew order and the local stay-at-home advisories, while analyzing their potential disruption to manufacturers. The firm notes: “Given the exceptions for commuting to work and home, the curfew order and the local advisories should have little to no impact on the operations of Ohio manufacturers.” 11/19/2020