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Managing Monkeypox: An Employers Guide for Managing Monkeypox in the Workplace

Monkeypox was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (“WHO”) on July 23, 2022, and a public health emergency by the United States government on August 4, 2022. As of the date of this publication, there are 18,417 confirmed reported cases in the US and an average of 337 [...]

2022-09-01T08:54:40-04:00August 31st, 2022|blog, Homepage News, Latest News|

Appearance Policies… Do You Need to Review Yours???

Last month, a Sheriff’s Office in Ohio received national attention for terminating an officer who obtained a hand tattoo reading “PURE EVIL” in violation of the department’s policy. There, the Sheriff’s Office had a long-standing policy prohibiting any tattoos on an employee’s face, neck, and hands, as well as a policy requiring officers to promote [...]

2022-08-01T09:24:13-04:00July 28th, 2022|blog, Homepage News|

Addressing Anonymous Harassment

Unfortunately, harassment and discrimination can occur in the workplace, regardless of how strong an employer’s policies are or how frequently training is offered. Occasionally it is clear who the perpetrator of such harassment and discriminatory practices is, but at times such practices may arise from an unknown source. The Sixth Circuit’s recent decision in Burns [...]

2022-05-12T10:27:16-04:00May 12th, 2022|blog|

The Next Supreme Court Justice Will be a Black Woman, What About Your New Manager?

On January 27, 2022, President Biden announced that the next justice nominated to the US Supreme Court will be a black woman. The President’s announcement left many questioning whether his appointment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits race and sex-based employment decisions. However, the protections provided in Title VII only extend [...]

2022-04-15T13:27:06-04:00February 9th, 2022|blog, Latest News|

Turkey Troubles

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with friends and family, give thanks, and of course, feast on turkey. But these joyous festivities occasionally result in attendance and performance issues in even the most exemplary employees. The following blog will address common employment concerns that arise during the holiday season and tips for addressing [...]

2021-12-30T12:50:05-05:00November 17th, 2021|blog|

Keeping Track of Record Keeping Requirements

Throughout the nation, public and private employers alike are instituting voluntary and mandatory vaccination policies for their employees. Many of these policies require proof of vaccination. The following blog will address the responsibilities and limitations employers face when collecting, maintaining, and using an employee’s COVID-19 vaccination records. May Employers Collect Employee Vaccination Records? Yes, both [...]

2021-10-18T09:15:04-04:00October 18th, 2021|blog, Homepage News|

Discrimination Head to Toe

Introduction With employees returning to the office from home, appearance and dress code policies have once again taken the spotlight. Some employees may be more accustomed to casual dress or seek to express themselves with a different appearance than they did prior to the pandemic. While employers may institute policies for appearances and dress codes [...]

2021-09-15T09:43:05-04:00September 15th, 2021|blog, Homepage News|

Ohio General Assembly Passes Limits to Authority of State and Local Officials to Respond to Emergencies

Following a procedural vote, the Ohio General Assembly enacted a bill that will significantly change the ability of state and local authorities to respond to emergencies. SB 22 passed both chambers but was vetoed by Governor DeWine. The General Assembly overrode the governor’s veto on March 24, 2021, meaning the bill will become effective in [...]

2021-04-06T09:45:42-04:00April 6th, 2021|blog, Homepage News|

Litigation Challenging Ohio’s Exclusive Representation Law Could Reach US Supreme Court

The tumultuous and ever-changing landscape of public sector labor law could be in for yet more change in Ohio. Many will remember the US Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME which held that the First Amendment prohibits public employers from collecting fees from non-union employees as a condition of working in public service. Now, [...]

2021-03-01T11:42:17-05:00March 1st, 2021|blog, Homepage News|

Ohio General Assembly Makes Changes to State Discrimination Laws

Included in the flurry of bills passed by the Ohio General Assembly at the end of 2020 was House Bill 352. The bill was signed into law by Gov. DeWine on January 12, 2021 and makes several significant changes to Revised Code Chapter 4112, which is Ohio’s employment discrimination law. The new law alters the [...]

2021-03-01T11:41:50-05:00February 4th, 2021|blog|