News and Analysis
The Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Forward program aims to provide women in manufacturing with an opportunity to hear from industry leaders, connect with their peers in industry, and learn best practices. On Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. STEP Forward will host a webinar titled “The Current State of Women in Manufacturing.” Register here. 10/14/2020
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced proposed changes to its conciliation process, according to OMA Connections Partner Frantz Ward. Unlike mediation — which occurs after a charge of discrimination has been filed against an employer –conciliation is a voluntary alternative to litigation. 10/14/2020
OMA general counsel Bricker & Eckler has announced its 2020 Hot Topics in Employment webinar series. The free webinars, all of which begin at noon (ET), are set for the following dates:
- Oct. 20: COVID-19-related employment issues, including leave laws, accommodation requests, and employee testing.
- Oct. 27: Reducing workers’ compensation and OSHA liability.
- Nov. 10: HR benefits and tax opportunities during COVID-19.
- Nov. 17: New developments and FAQs in wage and hour law.
Register here for any or all of these webinars. 10/6/2020
President Trump recently nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A conservative justice serving for the Court of Appeals covering Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, Judge Barrett aligns herself as a textualist judge — one who reads and interprets the law as it is written.
What would it mean for employers if she’s confirmed? According to this analysis by OMA Connections Partner Frantz Ward, Barrett’s employment law decisions have resulted in significant victories for employers. 10/8/2020
OMA Connections Partner Roetzel will host its 2020 Employment Law Briefing on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (ET). This complimentary virtual event will allow employers to catch up on Ohio’s employment law landscape. 10/8/2020
Whether you are a non-union company or a business with a longstanding relationship with a union, strikes and picketing activity have increased dramatically over the last couple of years.
At noon (ET) on Thursday, Oct. 15, OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips is offering a two-hour labor relations program on how to prepare for potential strikes, pickets, and boycotts. The program will examine what kinds of activity is lawful and how to equip your company with contingency plans. 10/8/2020
Every four years, American businesses face a special workplace challenge of a presidential election. This year, the potential for employment disputes over politics is greater due to COVID-19 and heightened attention on social issues.
On Wednesday, Oct. 7 — at three different times during the day — OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips is offering a free webinar to provide crucial best practices to help employers maintain a peaceful work environment. 10/1/2020
On Thursday, Nov. 5, OMA Connections Partner Thompson Hine will host a free webinar to address issues facing employers that are struggling to manage employees both inside and outside the workplace during the pandemic, while complying with new laws and regulations regarding workplace safety, paid leave, and other matters.
This will be the first of three upcoming webinars that the firm is offering to provide guidance on labor law and employee benefits issues. You can also register for the Nov. 12 webinar and Nov. 19 webinar. 10/1/2020
According to a new study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, compensation costs for U.S. employers in private industry averaged $35.96 per hour worked in June 2020.
Total compensation costs for manufacturers averaged $39.86 an hour, with wages and salaries accounting for 66.4% ($26.48) and total benefits accounting for 33.6% ($13.38) of total compensation costs. Among major industry groups, average health insurance benefits costs were highest for manufacturers when factored as a percentage of total compensation (9.3%). 9/30/2020
Employers need to consider several factors when deciding whether and how to implement a mandatory vaccination program, including for the inevitable COVID-19 vaccine once approved. On Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. (ET), OMA Connections Partner Fisher Phillips will host a free webinar titled, “What Employers Need To Know About Flu Shots and COVID-19 Vaccines.” 9/30/2020