News and Analysis
This week, the Ohio Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee heard sponsor testimony on legislation (Senate Bill 90) to gradually boost Ohio’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Offered by Sen. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) and Sen. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati), the bill would increase the state minimum wage to $12 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2020, and raise it by another $1 annually until 2023, when minimum wage would be $15 an hour.
During the hearing, several committee members voiced concerns regarding the negative impact SB 90 would have on businesses, as well as consumers, who would see drastically higher prices. The bill faces strong headwinds in the GOP-controlled General Assembly. 9/25/2019
On Thursday, Oct. 3, OMA Connections Partner Bricker & Eckler will host its annual “Hot Topics” seminar in Columbus to provide human resources professionals and in-house attorneys with the latest insight into key labor and employment issues. This course has been submitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 3.0 total CLE hours instruction. Additionally, 3.0 HRCI credits have been approved. There is no fee to attend, but space is limited. 9/24/2019
An important Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) deadline is quickly approaching. Due to an Obama-era regulation, employers with 100 or more employees must submit EEO-1 Component 2 pay data for 2017 and 2018. The report is due no later than Monday, Sept. 30.
Earlier this year, certain employers were required to file EEO-1 Component 1 data listing employees by job category, race, ethnicity, and gender. Component 2 asks for employees’ hours worked and pay information from their W‑2 forms, broken down into the same categories.
OMA Connections Partner Franz Ward has provided this update to brief OMA members on the status of the reporting obligation, while offering compliance tips and an explanation as to why this reporting obligation may be a one-time task. 9/19/2019
One way manufacturers are retaining talent is by offering more competitive employee benefits. OMA Connections Partner Barnes Dennig recently published the results of its 2019 Manufacturing Compensation & Benefits Benchmarking Study, which surveyed manufacturers in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. The study found the following:
- Only about half of the companies surveyed offer 401(k) plans. Of those that did, employee contributions per month were comparable for small and large companies.
- Besides 401(k) plans, the top benefits offered by all companies were: health insurance; group life; vision; dental; and disability.
- About 95% of companies said that wellness programs were important in controlling costs.
- Only 17% of companies cover an employees’ spouse under their health plans.
- Many companies are using alternative plan funding such as self-funded plans to reduce plan costs — taking on additional risk, which reduces the carrier profit.
For more on the survey, see Barnes Dennig’s summary. 9/16/2019
JDSupra.com, which publishes legal news and analysis, has run a two-part series spotlighting recent court actions involving non-workplace social media use that resulted in the termination of employees. According to the articles, employers considering discipline for employee misconduct on social media outside of work should first ask: “Do I have a copy of the tweet or post? Does the post relate to working conditions or wages? Would the post be considered harassment if said face to face?” 9/16/2019
Last Friday, the White House wrapped up its review of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final overtime rule. Therefore, the regulation is expected to be released soon. The proposed change would extend overtime eligibility to 1.1 million additional workers, but that’s significantly fewer than the 4.2 million who would have become eligible under an Obama-era version of the rule blocked by a Texas judge in late 2016.
The rule would set the salary ceiling under which virtually all workers must be paid time-and-a-half whenever their workweek exceeds 40 hours at $35,308 (up from the current $23,660), according to analysis by Pittsburgh-based Cowden Associates. 9/18/2019
OMA Connections Partner Fisher & Phillips LLP reports that in “yet another ruling that levels the labor relations playing field,” the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last Friday ruled that employers could rightfully eject outside union representatives who are soliciting petition signatures from a shared parking area. The decision comes on the heels of recent NLRB decisions that limit on-premise union activity, and allow the barring of contractor employees from staging labor protests on employer property. 9/10/2019
OMA Connections Partner Franz Ward reports that under a new rule being advanced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), applicants for unemployment benefits may soon have to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits. The rule is closer to becoming a reality after the DOL sent it to the federal budget oversight office for final approval. 9/9/2019
On Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. (EDT), OMA Connections Partner Roetzel & Andress will conduct a complimentary webinar to address the latest developments regarding compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act as it applies to conducting background checks; proper and improper questions in candidate interviews and on employment applications; and a “ban the box” update.
Roetzel is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 1 PDC. This activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. 9/10/2019
Health insurance costs and availability are among the top challenges facing manufacturers today. That’s why the OMA has teamed up with the National Association of Manufacturers to offer a new health insurance plan that affords small and mid-sized manufacturers the same quality coverage currently available to Fortune 500 companies.
The ACA-compliant plans will focus on manufacturers with 2 to 99 employees. To participate, you must be an OMA member. More details will come in early September, so be on the lookout for e-mails and postcards regarding this exciting new health insurance option for you and your employees. If you have questions, e-mail the OMA’s Dan Noreen or call him at (614) 629-6816. 8/29/2019