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Title VII Protects Transgender and Transitioning Transgender Individuals in the Workplace

On March 7, 2018, the Sixth Circuit of the Federal Court of Appeals, which includes Ohio, was the first federal appellate court to explicitly hold that Title VII, the federal anti-discrimination statute, extends specifically to transgender and transitioning employees.
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OSHA Clarifies that Safety Incentives and Post Incident Drug Testing ARE Permitted

In May 2016, as part of its rule revisions, OSHA published a final rule that prohibited employers from retaliating against their employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses. OSHA interpreted this provision to apply to workplace safety incentive programs and post-incident drug testing policies. The rule caused considerable uncertainty as to whether OSHA would deem such programs and drug testing to be retaliatory.
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Medical Marijuana: Employer Rights

Ohio Revised code 3796 establishes the parameters for the sale and distribution of medical marijuana. Although it was passed in 2016, the effective date has been extended twice. Most recently the September 8, 2018 date was extended and it is unclear when the law will be effective. There are reports that it will be effective within weeks of that date, however no definitive date has yet been announced.
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U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports

To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system, Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application to December 15, 2017.
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Employers Required to Give Employees Time Off to Vote

ORC 3599.06 requires that all employers give their employees a reasonable amount of time off to vote. So if the employee cannot make it to the polls before or after their regularly scheduled shift, the employer must allow them time to vote.
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Smart Phone Use and Overtime Pay

Did you miss the email? There is finally a decision from a federal court regarding the question of whether or not employers must pay overtime to non-exempt employees for
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Do I Have To Pay When My Employee Is Injured Because of Another's Negligence?

In early December 2015, the Ohio House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass House Bill 207 which contains a significant change to Ohio's workers compensation subrogation statute.
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Employee Documents; Keep or Shred

Here is a quick reference guide you can keep to remind yourself when it is permissible to destroy a record.Have you ever wondered how long you need to keep a document related to your employees?
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