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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Of COVID Refunds, Rebates, Curfews and Such

Restaurant owners out in California have initiated formal requests for rebates on funds they’ve paid to the state, county or municipality for permits, liquor fees, etc. since they have not been legally able to operate. Currently, most restaurants in the state are limited to 25% of capacity, and even under the best of COVID circumstances,…

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Ohio Readies Worker Compensation Rebates

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced this week that the state Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) is again preparing to send out worker compensation rebates to businesses across the state. In a press conference on Tuesday, DeWine reported that as much as $1.3 billion in rebates will be returned to Ohio businesses. The rebates, which are…

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Ohio Adopts, Florida Considers Liability Shields

It may not be all that businesses need, but there’s many positives to be drawn from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signing HB 606 into law just over one week ago. The “Good Samaritan Expansion Bill”, as the legislation is known, provides employers with state-law immunity from civil actions brought by customers, employees or others for…

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State and Local Issues of Note

With so much of the nation’s focus these past three months on the COVID-19 pandemic – and more recently, protests over the tragic killing of George Floyd, state and local issues that can impact your business could easily be overlooked. In the hope of keeping you informed of some of those possible oversights, we advise…

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Ohio Workers Comp Board OKs Dividend

Following up on a hearing we told you about last week in Small Regular, the Ohio Board of Workers Compensation gave its blessing to a proposal of Governor Michael DeWine that the Board pay out employer dividends in the amount of $1.6 billion as a vehicle to help the state’s business community deal with the…

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