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ODJFS: Report Employees Who Quit or Refuse to Return to Work

May 8, 2020

To address potential unemployment insurance fraud, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has created this page for employers to report employees who quit or refuse work when it is available. ODJFS has posted FAQs regarding unemployment eligibility and other issues at the bottom of its employer resource hub.

As noted in guidance from Bricker & Eckler, the OMA’s general counsel, when employees quit or refuse an offer of work without just cause, they may become ineligible for unemployment benefits. If you have employees who refuse to return to work or quit work, it’s important to let ODJFS know so agency officials can make accurate eligibility determinations. 5/4/2020

EEOC Issues Guidance on Returning Workers

May 8, 2020

On Tuesday, May 5, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidance to address returning workers with pre-existing medical conditions. The next day, May 6, the agency retracted part of that new guidance, saying the answer to G.4 in the document was revised to clarify the ADA does not allow exclusion of employees simply because they have an underlying medical condition that the CDC says might pose a higher risk of severe illness if the individual contracts COVID-19.

OMA Connections Partner Benesch has posted this update on the agency’s retraction. 5/7/2020

EEOC Delays EEO Data Collection

May 8, 2020

The EEOC said this week it will delay the opening of its 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection, as well as the 2020 EEO-3 and EEO-5 data collections due to the novel coronavirus. The agency encouraged filers to prepare data submissions for 2021. 5/7/2020

Employers Can Temporarily Use an Expired Driver’s License to Verify Identity on Form I-9

May 8, 2020

With motor vehicle licensing bureaus closed in many states — and people experiencing challenges renewing their state-issued driver’s licenses and identity cards– some job applicants and employees are incurring difficulty in establishing their identity on Form I-9. The Department of Homeland Security has temporarily changed its Form I-9 policy, according to this insight from OMA Connections Partner Benesch. 5/5/2020

HR Expert on Avoiding Potential COVID-19 Lawsuits

May 1, 2020

This week, News Radio 610 WTVN (Columbus) host Joel Riley interviewed HR expert Adam Calli, owner and founder of Arc Human Capital, LLC. Calli discussed how employers can guard against COVID-19-related lawsuits by employees — and how the workers’ compensation system may play a helpful role. 4/29/2020

USCIS Offices Preparing to Re-Open on June 4

May 1, 2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to re-open its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers on June 4, according to a press release. In the meantime, the agency encourages employers to visit this site for immigration-related questions or concerns. 4/28/2020

EEOC Offers Guidance as Employers Prepare to Restart Operations

April 24, 2020

As more businesses prepare to re-open, important ADA-related questions are being raised by employers, such as:

  • How will we know what steps we can take to be consistent with the ADA when screening employees for COVID-19?
  • Should we grant employee requests for accommodations due to a need for modified protective gear?

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) answers these questions and more in its recently updated guidance. Most notably, the agency says the employers can test employees for COVID-19 before permitting them to enter the workplace as long as the tests are accurate and reliable. 4/20/2020

Can Employees Use PTO and FFCRA Leave at the Same Time?

April 24, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor recently updated its guidance for employers covered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in order to clarify how an employer may run certain buckets of the law’s emergency paid leave concurrently with other paid leave. Read the summary in this article by HR Dive. 4/24/2020

Immigration Webinar Set for April 29

April 24, 2020

This week, President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily suspending permanent legal immigration into the U.S. due to the COVID-19 outbreak. See this analysis by OMA Connections Partner Thompson Hine.

On Wednesday, April 29, at 11 a.m. (ET), OMA Connections Partner Squire Patton Boggs will host a free webinar to provide guidance to employers sponsoring foreign national employees. The webinar will also address the latest government policy directives for Form I-9 and E-Verify requirements and immigration-related compliance matters in the current “work from home” environment. 4/23/2020

Resources for Employees Struggling With Substance Use Disorders

April 24, 2020

It’s a tough time for many employees right now — but especially those who have struggled with substance abuse and are working to maintain their recovery. According to OMA Connections Partner Working Partners®, these employees are at an increased risk for several reasons:

  1. General increased preoccupation with alcohol use;
  2. Increased availability of alcohol;
  3. Social isolation;
  4. Decreased support and accountability from counselors and self-help groups; and
  5. Increased stress and mental health challenges.

Employers are encouraged to be proactive and share resources — such as this video and this list — with employees to help those dealing with substance use disorders to better cope during these times. 4/23/2020