Can Employers Require COVID-19 Vaccination for Employees?

Ohio received some good news at the end of 2020: A vaccination for the Coronavirus was soon going to be widely available. But as 2021 begins, many public and private employers are asking the same question: Can employers require employees to receive one of the COVID-19 vaccinations? The short answer is yes. But before implementing [...]

2021-01-13T11:21:13-05:00January 13th, 2021|blog, Homepage News|

Three Steps to Prepare Your Workplace for the End of the FFCRA

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law. Referred to as the FFCRA, the Act created or added paid leave entitlements for millions of Americans and required employers with 500 or fewer employees and all public employers to make immediate changes to leave policies. Since its passage, [...]

2020-11-02T15:11:21-05:00November 2nd, 2020|blog, Homepage News|

OBM Issues Guidance for Public Entities Receiving Coronavirus Relief Funding

The Ohio Office of Budget and Management recently issued guidance for local governments receiving Coronavirus Relief Funding through the OBM. The guidance applies to funds awarded as a result of legislation from the Ohio General Assembly and the Ohio Controlling Board allocating federal funding from the CARES Act from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). The [...]

2020-10-12T10:31:20-04:00October 12th, 2020|blog, Homepage News|

House Bill 606 May Put Some Employers’ Minds at Ease but Liability Concerns Remain

One of the many questions we have received regarding the COVID-19 pandemic relates to employer liability for COVID-19 related lawsuits. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that 70% of entrepreneurs in Ohio are concerned about potential liability related to the pandemic. Such concerns are not unfounded; a number of lawsuits have cropped up across the country [...]

2020-10-08T14:48:43-04:00October 5th, 2020|blog|

First Amendment Rights for Public Employees During Election Season

As with most major spectator sports, national elections tend to draw commentary from everyone. With social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram, Americans have more options than ever to comment on the campaigns and show support for their chosen candidate. With both major parties' conventions wrapping up toward the end of last month [...]

2020-09-01T10:47:58-04:00August 31st, 2020|blog|

Five Need-to-Know Updates for FFCRA Compliance

The day after its passage, on March 19th of this year, we published our first blog on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The law created several new entitlements for American workers which required employers to quickly adjust. With the 24-hour news cycle, March 19th seems like a lifetime ago. And since then, Congress [...]

2020-07-31T14:01:49-04:00July 31st, 2020|blog|

Supreme Court Extends Title VII Protections to Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, holding that employers violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when they discriminate regarding a term or condition of employment based on an employee’s gender identity or sexual orientation. Title VII prohibits workplace discrimination based [...]

2020-07-20T10:27:08-04:00July 20th, 2020|blog|

Reopening and the Americans with Disabilities Act

As businesses across the country begin to reopen, it is important to consider the issues and circumstances that may give rise to claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This month’s blog will cover common reopening questions that may implicate the ADA and discuss the rights and obligations of employers under the ADA to [...]

2020-06-16T09:28:41-04:00June 15th, 2020|blog, Homepage News|

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Signed Into Law, Will Quickly Impact Employers

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the US Senate passed HR 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. President Trump signed the bill into law that night. Provisions of the Act take effect in 15 days and automatically expire on December 31, 2020. The measure passed by the Senate keeps intact the majority of provisions discussed [...]

2020-03-19T13:00:29-04:00March 19th, 2020|blog|