Recent News and Updates
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.
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.
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.
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.
A legislative effort to expand workers’ compensation coverage for post-exposure testing for peace officers, firefighters, and corrections officers who had come into contact with blood and bodily fluids, expanded significantly over the last few months to include a number of “clean up” changes to Ohio’s workers’ compensation laws. On June 16, 2020, Governor DeWine signed House Bill 81 into law, altering a number of important provisions effective September 14, 2020.