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Applications Now Open for Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund

By Madeline Fuller   |  November 12, 2020

Governor Mike DeWine has designated $38.7 million of funding received by the State of Ohio from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide assistance payments to on-premise liquor permit holders to help them through financial difficulties experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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EEOC Updates Guidance on COVID-19 Antibody Testing

By Robert Gorman   |  June 25, 2020

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.

Play Ball! Sports Resume in Ohio- But with Specific Requirements and Recommended Best Practices

By Kaleigh Talaganis   |  May 28, 2020

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.

At the Start of Summer Campgrounds Reopen

By COVID-19 Task Force   |  May 28, 2020

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.

Gyms, Dance Studios and Personal Fitness Venues Back in Business

By Madeline Fuller   |  May 26, 2020

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.

Keywords: coronavirus, covid-19

Child Care Providers Set to Reopen May 31

By Easton Saltsman   |  May 26, 2020

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.

EEOC Delays Collection of EEO-1 Data due to COVID-19

By Kaleigh Talaganis   |  May 15, 2020

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.

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