New Changes to Ohio’s Public Records Law

Several notable changes to Ohio's Public Records law went into effect last year. As a refresher, Ohio law mandates the disclosure of public records unless an exception applies. The Public Records Act includes numerous exceptions to the definitions of public records which permits officials to redact records, or in some instances withhold records entirely. The [...]

2023-08-17T14:48:52-04:00February 21st, 2023|Homepage News, Newsletter|

Overboard on Overtime

Are your employees going overboard on overtime? That was the case in Baton Rouge where the City discovered one employee claimed over 2,400 hours in overtime in one year. The employee, an emergency medical service supervisor, was one of many employees discovered to have claimed over 2,000 hours of overtime. The employee’s excessive overtime was [...]

2023-08-17T14:49:15-04:00February 21st, 2023|Homepage News, Newsletter|

Miranda Rights Violations Are Not a Basis for 1983 Liability

The Supreme Court’s decision in Vega v. Tekoh decidedly clarified Miranda rights violations cannot form the basis of a civil rights action for monetary damages. In Vega, the Defendant Officer received a report regarding a potential sexual assault of a patient. The Officer went to the medical center where the alleged assault occurred and questioned [...]

2023-02-22T08:57:37-05:00February 21st, 2023|Latest News, Newsletter|

Did You Know? EEOC Releases New Mandatory Know Your Rights Poster

Last October the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released a new poster which must be displayed by covered employers. Where Must the Poster be Displayed? The poster should be placed in a conspicuous location in the workplace where notices to applicants and employees are customarily posted. This may include the employer’s bulletin board, the break [...]

2023-02-23T10:26:59-05:00February 21st, 2023|Latest News, Newsletter|

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|