Recent News and Updates
In an update to its technical assistance publication, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws” the EEOC has taken the position that employers may not require employees to take a COVID-19 antibody test prior to re-entering the workplace.
U.S. Department of Labor Simplifies the Retail or Service Establishment Exemption for Overtime Compensation
Effective May 19, 2020, the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division announced a final rule that may change the requirements of overtime compensation for some employers.
On Monday, June 15, in what will undoubtedly be recognized as a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a decision extending the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to members of the LGBTQ community.
Campgrounds were permitted to open beginning May 21, so long as they follow certain safety protocols set by the State. Campers, rejoice! When reopening, campground operators and campers should be familiar with Governor DeWine's mandatory and best practice recommendations in order to ensure a safe and healthy summer.
As part of Responsible RestartOhio, the Ohio Department of Health has published sector-specific operating requirements and recommended best practices for sports and sports leagues, which include baseball, softball, and batting cages; general non-contact sports; golf courses and miniature golf operators; skills training for all sports; and tennis court operators.
Tuesday, May 26th was a big day for fitness fanatics in Ohio as gyms, dance studios and other fitness venues were permitted to reopen under the Responsible Restart Ohio program. There will be changes in operation for most venues, as a number of guidelines have been released by the Ohio Department of Health to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
As one of the final stages of Ohio’s "responsible restart" plan, Governor DeWine announced that Ohio's child care providers may reopen on May 31st. The reopening of child care is a crucial aspect of the Governor's plan since efforts to get Ohioans back to work would be severely crippled without a child care solution. The plan centers around (1) reduced staff to child ratios; (2) checking temperatures of all staff, children, and adults; and (3) mandatory hand washing practices.
On May 8, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that the agency is delaying the collection of the 2019 EEO-1 Report due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pending approval from the Office of Management and Budget, the EEOC expects to begin collecting both the 2019 EEO-1 data and the 2020 EEO-1 data in March 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic, otherwise known as the Coronavirus, has brought an abrupt halt to everyday life for nearly all Ohioans. Ohio has implemented restrictive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, limiting many Ohioans’ ability to travel, work, and enjoy the amenities of American life that we are so accustomed to. Along with the restrictive measures on individuals, came restrictions on businesses. Many businesses have been forced to temporarily close their doors and faced unprecedented challenges, including the ability to comply with contractual obligations. In facing contractual compliance issues, the concept of force majeure is at the forefront.
The United States Department of Education has released long-awaited new regulations governing campus sexual assault under Title IX, the law prohibiting sex discrimination at federally funded institutions. The new regulations are the culmination of a two-year process. Proposed regulations were published in 2018 and received more than 124,000 public comments. The Department of Education took those comments into consideration and modified the proposed regulations in putting forth its Final Rule. The Final Rule will be effective on August 14.