In last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama reemphasized that employment and labor reform are at the forefront of his current agenda. He urged lawmakers to pass laws regarding the following:
- Equal pay law for women;
- Higher federal minimum wage;
- Government-mandated 7 days of paid sick leave per year.
As we have previously reported, many states, including Ohio, and municipalities have raised minimum wages at the state or local level. As of January 1, 2015, Ohio’s minimum wage is $8.10 per hour for employers with annual gross receipts of $297,000 or more, which is higher than the current …
The Office of Federal Contacts Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has been very busy changing the rules for federal contractors and subcontractors. There are 8 new developments from the second half of 2014 that all covered contractors should be aware of:
- Final rule prohibiting discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity for federal contractors subject to Executive Order 11246.
- New scheduling letter released requiring submission of data regarding veterans, disabled persons, compensation, and other items not previously required.
- New form for annual submissions about veterans to be used beginning in 2015 (replaces VETS-100A and VETS-100).
- Proposed rule to prohibit federal contractors from
A recent Ohio appellate court decision highlights how an employer’s response to employee threats of violence made on social media sites can impact a court’s decision when the employee challenges their termination. In Ames v. Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction, the plaintiff was employed by ODRC as a Senior Parole Officer. In 2009, after the plaintiff returned from a medical leave of absence due to depression and anxiety, her co-workers and supervisors began noticing what they described as a pattern of interpersonal conflicts, erratic behavior, and emotional outbursts at work. Later that year, while discussing her work situation …