News and Analysis
The OMA has received some questions about “force majeure” clauses in business contracts between manufacturers. Plante Moran has developed this helpful insight.
Manufacturers will want to consult legal counsel for specific contract questions. 3/27/2020
Under the state’s comprehensive COVID-19 legislation (House Bill 197) passed and signed this week, Ohioans have until April 28 to mail their absentee ballot for the 2020 primary election. Only those who require special assistance will be allowed to vote in person.
Secretary of State Frank LaRose had wanted to give voters until June 2. Instead, HB 197 allows electors who have not already cast a ballot — and who were registered to vote in Ohio as of the Feb. 18 deadline — to cast absentee ballots through 7:30 p.m. on April 28. Absentee ballots may be requested at the secretary of state’s website. 3/25/2020
Manufacturers across the nation are innovating, retooling and repurposing to produce the goods and products needed during the COVID-19 crisis. One such story by IndustryWeek spotlights Ohio’s Cleveland Whiskey, which “announced a partnership to devote its distillery talents to producing free hand sanitizer for the Cleveland Clinic.” Of course there are many other examples from across the state — too many to list here. 3/25/2020
State Rep. Don Manning (R-New Middletown) passed away at age 54 last Friday after suffering chest pains. The OMA sends its condolences to the Manning family at this difficult time. 3/23/2020
High-tech criminals are exploiting public fear about the coronavirus, trying to break into networks, social media, and banking accounts — and manufacturers are not immune. According to website security company Sucuri, cybersecurity analysts are seeing an array of coronavirus-themed attacks, mostly phishing attempts.
OMA Connections Partner Plante Moran has compiled a seven-point checklist to help company leaders restore a sense of control in these uncertain times. 3/26/2020
On Ohio’s coronavirus website, an expanded COVID-19 data dashboard displays the most recent preliminary data reported to the Ohio Department of Health about COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in Ohio by selected demographics and county of residence. 3/26/2020
Shakespeare wrote, “The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.”
Those words came to mind when we heard about a group of Ohioans who are trying to make the best of the situation, even as they tune in to Gov. Mike DeWine’s daily COVID-19 updates. Some devotees of the governor’s 2 p.m. press briefings refer to them as “Wine with DeWine” time; a few have gone so far as to don themed T-shirts. Further proof that those who can smile for others’ sake are the strongest among us. 3/25/2020
This week, OMA President Eric Burkland sent two separate letters to the DeWine-Husted administration to address separate concerns raised by OMA members in the midst of state actions to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The first letter requested the administration’s support in designating all Ohio manufacturing facilities, supply chains and their employees as “essential infrastructure” and “essential businesses.” The letter comes as there have been many well-intentioned actions in other parts of the country that have adversely impacted the supply chain.
The second letter suggested clarification to the Ohio Department of Health’s recent restaurant closure order as it relates to consumption of food in on-site cafeterias and breakrooms within manufacturing facilities. 3/19/2020
Ohio’s General Assembly will return to Columbus next week to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects. Its unclear if they will meet in person or virtually. As many as three potential session days are scheduled for next week, according to a report by Gongwer News Service.
It is not clear what the legislative response package will contain, but OMA staff is monitoring developments closely and working to include provisions to support manufacturing.
Gov. DeWine plans to release his legislative wish list soon. He has already requested several legislative action items, including allowing online meetings by local government; suspending mortgage payments; providing a grace period to renew driver licenses due to the closure of most BMVs. Attorney General Dave Yost plans to seek a new anti-price gouging law. 3/19/2020