News and Analysis
Election Day could bring some big changes to the nation’s labor laws. OMA Connections Partner Roetzel will host its complimentary 2020 Employment Law Briefing on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. This virtual event will provide employers an overview of Ohio’s employment law as it stands today — and what might be coming in the near future. To see the schedule or register, click here. 10/28/2020
While COVID-19 has negatively impacted human health, the economy, and businesses operations, it has also affected the mental health of millions — including some of your workers. This infographic published by VisualCapitalist.com uses survey data to illustrate levels of emotional distress based on factors such as age, race, education level, parental status, and community size.
Meanwhile, Cleveland Clinic has published this guide to help employers communicate and manage with empathy in a time of crisis. 10/22/2020
At the next OMA Safety and Workers’ Compensation Committee meeting, set Nov. 4, OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips will present information on what employers need to know about flu shots and a forthcoming COVID-19 vaccine — including whether and how to implement a mandatory vaccination program. Register here. 10/22/2020
Mercer recently conducted a nationwide survey of employer-sponsored health plans, reflecting the practices of small businesses, including manufacturers. The study found:
- For manufacturing employers with fewer than 50 workers, the 2019 average cost of a PPO was $9,806 per capita, and $9,038 for an HSA.
- Under PPOs, the average small manufacturer pays 38% of the individual premium and 65% of the family premium.
- The most prevalent individual deductible is $2,500 for PPOs and $5,000 for HSAs.
If you want to ensure that you are offering the best benefits you can afford to attract and retain talent, explore health care plans for OMA members. Watch this 30-minute Q&A session about plans available as an OMA member through NAM Health Care (use passcode pphSme7%). 10/21/2020
Because human resources practices are heavily regulated, election years always bring a degree of uncertainty for HR managers. OMA Connections Partner Paycor has made available this on-demand webinar to examine possible HR changes and provide guidance on how companies can ensure that their “HR house” is in order. 10/21/2020
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, OMA general counsel Bricker & Eckler will conduct its free “Hot Topics” seminar to provide insight into ongoing and emerging labor and employment issues during COVID-19. The seminar is 100% online. See the session lineup or register by clicking here. 10/22/2020
With the upcoming election, tensions could run high at workplaces across the nation due to differences in political opinion. OMA Connections Partner Dinsmore is offering a free webinar Tuesday, Oct. 27 to help employers develop safe (and lawful) strategies that can ensure a productive and peaceful work environment. Learn more or register here. 10/22/2020
At 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, OMA Connections Partner Calfee is offering a 75-minute complimentary webinar to address key workplace issues facing employers during the pandemic and beyond. Topics include managing COVID-19; planning for mandatory vaccinations; Ohio’s new civil immunity law; and potential workplace disruptions due to organized labor. Learn more or register. 10/14/2020
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that an employee’s use of a racial slur on Facebook was not sufficiently protected by the First Amendment, and that her employer had the right to terminate employment. This decision could potentially impact disciplinary situations in the workplace. OMA Connections Partner Roetzel has published this insight into the decision. 10/14/2020
In its latest newsletter for manufacturers, OMA Connections Partner Gilmore Jasion Mahler writes about the benefits of a diverse workforce. Among other things, “expanding recruitment efforts to reach a more diverse audience can help close the skills gap,” the firm writes. Here are some best-practice tips for manufacturers to enhance their diversity efforts.10/14/2020