Recent News and Updates
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.
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.
After weeks of stringent stay at home guidelines, Governor DeWine has put forth a plan to responsibly restart Ohio's economy. By reopening the consumer, retail, and services sector on May 12, approximately 89% of the private economy will resume in Ohio. Before reopening, consumer, retail, and service businesses should be familiar with the Governor’s mandatory guidelines and develop a reopening plan to both reduce liability concerns and promote the safety of Ohioans.
Critchfield is pleased to announce that firm Member Kimberly Hall is the 2020 recipient of the ATHENA Young Professional Award.
Have you been considering returning your Paycheck Protection Program Loan? The deadline to take advantage of the safe harbor has been extended from May 7 to May 14, 2020.
Governor DeWine stated in his April 30, 2020, briefing that the stay at home order would be extended with certain exceptions. The Order instructs Ohioans to stay home (except to participate in activities and business operations as permitted in the Order) and provides for continued compliance with the previously implemented six-foot social distancing mandate. Under the new order, some businesses are permitted to reopen so long as workplace safety standards are met.