Pizza & Punishments: An Employer’s Quick Guide On When To Provide Religious Accommodations

Most of the time, the need for providing a religious accommodation is obvious. An employee will submit a religious exemption request, and the employer will engage in the interactive process with the employee to determine what accommodation will appropriately address the employee's religious needs. However, there are times where the need for a religious accommodation [...]

2022-04-08T10:43:55-04:00March 28th, 2022|Latest News, Newsletter|

Weed in the Workplace: What Expanding Medical Marijuana Coverage Means for Employers

This year Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Board received nine petitions to expand medical marijuana coverage to additional conditions. The petitions submitted were for: Gilbert’s Disease; Anxiety; Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic pain, PTSD; Bipolar, Anxiety, Depression, Sleep Disorder; Opioid Use Disorder (OUD); Insomnia; Lupus; Opioid Use Disorder; and Autism Spectrum Disorder After reviewing the petitions, the Board [...]

2022-04-08T10:43:38-04:00March 28th, 2022|Homepage News, Newsletter|

Moving Away from Mandatory Arbitration Over Sexual Assault and Harassment Claims

On March 3, 2022 President Biden signed the bipartisan Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (“The Act”) into law. The Act amends the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) to prohibit the mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment and sexual assault claims in arbitration agreements. The Act applies to all sexual harassment [...]

2022-04-08T10:44:18-04:00March 28th, 2022|Latest News, Newsletter|

The Right Way to Receive and Review Religious Exemptions

On October 25th and 28th the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) expanded their technical guidance relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and provided additional information on religious accommodations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as they pertain to vaccination mandates. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act generally requires employers to accommodate [...]

2022-04-15T13:28:29-04:00December 3rd, 2021|Latest News, Newsletter|

Taming Turnover

This fall the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary, which analyzes trends in job openings, hires, and separations in the public and private sectors. Their summary for September 2021 demonstrated a record high level of turnover in both the public and private sectors with approximately 4.4 million workers [...]

2022-03-17T14:36:28-04:00December 3rd, 2021|Newsletter|

Cincinnati to Require Equal Access to Single-Stall Toilets in Public Places

Cincinnati, Ohio is one of several cities expanding equal access to bathroom facilities. Effective January 1, 2022, all single-occupancy toilet facilities in public buildings and places of public accommodation must be open to all persons, regardless of their sex, gender identity, physical or mental capacity, or familial status. Practically speaking, this means public buildings and [...]

2021-12-03T08:45:25-05:00December 3rd, 2021|Newsletter|

Sixth Circuit Deepens Circuit Split on Deliberate Indifference Claims

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision concerning lawsuits brought by pretrial detainees under the Fourteenth Amendment.  In its decision, the Court has sided with the Second, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits in holding that the Supreme Court’s decision in Kingsley v. Hendrickson, 576 U.S. 389 (2015), requires removal of the subjective component for [...]

2021-11-05T09:25:05-04:00November 5th, 2021|Newsletter|

Upping the Price of Employer Unfair Labor Practice Charges

On September 8, 2021, the NLRB released NLRB Memo GC 21-06 which directs NLRB regional offices to consider “the full panoply of remedies available” when determining compensation to employees and unions subjected to unfair labor practices (“ULP”). Under the National Labor Relations Act, private sector employees enjoy the right to collectively bargain over the terms [...]

2021-11-05T09:23:37-04:00November 5th, 2021|Newsletter|

Keeping up with COVID-19 Compliance

For most employers, keeping in compliance with COVID-19 regulations has been a moving target. Thankfully, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (“Task Force”) have updated their Frequently Asked Questions pages regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, clarifying the rights and responsibilities of employers instituting vaccination policies. In the EEOC’s updated [...]

2021-11-05T11:13:42-04:00November 5th, 2021|Newsletter|

Holiday Weekends: Relaxing Time off or Cybersecurity Time Bombs

Everyone looks forward to holiday weekends, including those who commence cybersecurity attacks. In a recent joint alert by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the agencies warned that there has been an increase in highly impactful ransomware attacks occurring on holidays and weekends. In the past year, [...]

2022-04-15T13:25:01-04:00October 4th, 2021|Newsletter|