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Starting on March 1, 2024, Columbus will join over 40 states, counties, and cities, including Cincinnati and Toledo, in prohibiting employers from asking applicants about wage rates or salary history. The Columbus ordinance’s stated purpose is to eliminate hiring practices that “perpetuate … systemic discrimination related to the ...

On February 8, 2024, the United States Supreme Court released a unanimous opinion confirming that a whistleblower does not need to show their employer’s actions were made with “retaliatory intent” to be protected under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act prohibits publicly traded companies from retaliating against ...

Seems like every other day we hear about some company calling employees back to the office. Some go better than others. I am not the first person to say this, but we’re entering and setting up camp in a new era of work. Employers and employees have to ask themselves where they want to work and why that’s important.

When you watch or read some of these ...

In Ohio, all employers with one or more employees must, by law, maintain workers’ compensation insurance coverage for its employees. The Ohio’s workers’ compensation system is both nebulous and unique, which can make navigating the system challenging for employers. In fact, Ohio is one of only four states that operate a monopolistic ...

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor (DOL) finally published its long-awaited final rule on independent contractor classifications. The announcement unveiled a six-factor test for determining if a worker should be classified as an independent contractor or employee. The final rule is effective March 11, 2024.

The DOL’s 2024 ...

With the turn of the new year, your newly invigorated gym plans and salads every night are not the only changes from 2023. Federal and Ohio law are already making “New year, New me” changes. Some changes are here to stay while others…like the salads…are only proposed changes.

Minimum Wage Increases

  • Indiana – Indiana minimum wage remains ...

Beginning in 2024, more than 52,000 employers must start complying with a new OSHA rule that requires employers with 100 or more employees in certain “high hazard” industries to electronically submit annual reports to OSHA of every significant workplace injury/illness incident at the work site.

The holiday season is officially here! Companies across the state will be kickstarting festivities by gathering together for a fun night out. Drinks will be flowing and laughter will be filling the air, but now marijuana may be too. As everyone knows, Ohio voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana usage by adults who are at ...

Are unions making a historic comeback? The United Auto Workers union is simultaneously on strike against General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis for the first time in American history, California’s legislature passed a bill that allows legislative workers to join a union, and DHL drivers recently secured significant salary increases. The ...

By: Daniel Burke and Tommy Rogers*

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines workplace violence as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening or disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It may range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide ...

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