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New Law Grants Immunity in Most Situations to Businesses and Schools from COVID-19-related Lawsuits

By Kaleigh Talaganis   |  September 17, 2020

Ohio has enacted legislation that grants protection to Ohio businesses and entities from liability in most situations where it is alleged that their action or inaction exposed someone to COVID-19. This immunity is granted from the date of the Governor’s state of emergency order on March 9, 2020, through September 30, 2021.

CDC Issues Order to Halt Most Evictions Until the End of the Year

By Madeline Fuller   |  September 9, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services have issued an order that effectively halts most residential evictions in a purported attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The order is effective September 4, 2020, through December 31, 2020.

Keywords: covid-19, eviction

Party Foul: Don’t be the Party Who Causes Your Mediation to Fail

By Madeline Fuller   |  September 2, 2020

Conflicts are inevitable. When two parties have a problem that is unable to be resolved, they often turn to a dispute resolution process for help. Mediation is an alternative to litigation, and it can be a useful tool for both business and personal disputes.

For Retirees with Required Minimum Distributions of Retirement Accounts ... a Reminder!

By James Lanham   |  August 26, 2020

You have until Monday, August 31, 2020, to re-contribute any 2020 required minimum distributions from your IRA or 401(k) back to your retirement account if you wish to defer taking the 2020 distribution.

Five Critchfield Attorneys Included in 2021 List of The Best Lawyers in America©

August 20, 2020

Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston is proud to announce that five of its attorneys have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.

Keywords: best lawyers

Department of Labor Publishes New, User-Friendly FMLA Forms

By Tricia Pycraft   |  August 5, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division has recently updated its standard forms. These forms can be utilized by employers when an employee requests leave under the Family Medical Leave Act. The DOL updated these forms in order to streamline the process by reducing the time required for completion.

OSHA Reporting Requirements and COVID-19: An Employer's Duty to Investigate

By Eric Michener   |  July 29, 2020

As most employers are aware, OSHA has rules that require employers to record and report injuries to its employees that occur on the job in some instances.  While OSHA does not have promulgated standards that specifically address how these reporting requirements are impacted by COVID-19, OSHA has provided, from time to time, guidance on how it thinks its existing rules regarding reporting injuries applies to employees that contract the Coronavirus.  That guidance changes frequently.

Main Street Lending Program Aims to Help Struggling Businesses

By Easton Saltsman   |  July 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated many industries across the United States. The federal government has tried to alleviate such economic distress by offering various loan programs. Authorized under the CARES Act, the Main Street Lending Program intends to assist financially sound companies that have struggled due to the pandemic.

Masks now Mandatory State-Wide in Ohio

By Tricia Pycraft   |  July 22, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine reversed his prior county-by-county mask requirements by announcing on July 22, 2020 that masks will be mandatory across the entire state of Ohio effective at 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 23, 2020.

Keywords: coronavirus, covid-19

EEOC Launches Two Pilot Programs as it Looks to Increase Voluntary Resolutions

By Susan Baker   |  July 9, 2020

On July 7, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") announced the launch of two six-month pilot programs with the stated goal of increasing the opportunities for parties involved in disputes to work toward voluntary resolutions without resort to expensive litigation.

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