Other Calendar Notes

As we turn the calendar today July 1, 2022, are a number of employer obligations become effective around the country that employers need to be aware of. In Maryland, employers of 50 or more workers are required to submit a report to the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights regarding any sexual harassment settlements they’ve entered…

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Independent Joe #73 April/May 2022

“Skin in the game,” is how Dunkin’ President Scott Murphy explains the decision to increase the number of corporate-owned locations. “It demonstrates to our franchisees that anything we ask them to do, we will now be executing at a large scale alongside them.” While Dunkin’ has acquired franchise units from time to time – including…

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Ohio Changing Overtime Exemption

Last week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a law making some significant changes to the overtime exemption rules in the Buckeye State. SB47, which the legislature passed last month, exempts certain activities from overtime pay if they are preliminary or postliminary to the principal word activities. For example, traveling to or from the actual place…

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Federal Contractor Mandate Stayed

Similarly, the Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors was also enjoined this week when a U.S District Court Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove in the Eastern District of Kentucky, granted a preliminary injunction early this week covering the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Initially thought to only apply to contracts for services, it had been…

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Inflation Fuels Larger Wage Hikes

While many of today’s younger workers – and voters – may not have experienced the bite of inflation eating more of their compensation, those of us who more clearly understand the meaning and impact of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) are already seeing some effect from inflation. Among the many states, counties and cities that…

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Fighting Over Unemployment Premium

As the labor shortage continues to wreak havoc with small businesses across the country, the issue is being fought out in a host of different venues. First off, there are the many states that have announced (or already) that they are suspending or ceasing the extra bonus payments as we’ve reported in prior issues. That…

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Ohio Modifies Employment Discrimination Law

Concluding a long two-decade endeavor by Ohio business interests, Governor Mike DeWine this week signed House Bill 352 into law in the Buckeye State. The legislation, which has been strongly pushed for years by the defense bar as well as business advocates, reduces the statute of limitation on complaints of discrimination within the workplace. Previously,…

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Ohio Begins Workers Comp Dividend Payments

As we told you several weeks ago, the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) yesterday began paying out an aggregate $5 billion to employers across the Buck-Eye state. Over 178,000 employers will receive the dividends, which come from the surplus in the state workers compensation fund, a result of closings caused by the COVID pandemic…

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Ohio Authorizes $5 Billion Dividend

In short order, the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) this week approved the request of Governor Mike DeWine to authorize dividends for Ohio employers of monies paid to fund the state unemployment compensation fund. DeWine requested that the BWC rebate as much as $5 billion to help businesses and other employers in the state…

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