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As an associate, Abbie assists Porter Wright’s labor and employment lawyers with all aspects of labor and employment law, including regulatory matters as well as litigation.

As a law student, Abbie gained experience as a legal extern with the Ohio Attorney General’s office, as a judicial extern to the Hon. Christopher A. Boyko of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and as a summer associate with Porter Wright. She also served as a senior editor of the Case Western Reserve University Law Review.

The attorneys behind the Employer Law Report Blog present the final part of our three-part series on the COVID-19 vaccine and employer considerations.

On Jan. 7, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposed new rules that would apply to employer wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Some commentators have suggested that these rules may affect employers who plan to offer an incentive to encourage employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Less than two weeks later, the Biden Administration issued a regulatory freeze and instructed agencies to withdraw unpublished rules, including the proposed wellness program rules. For now, it is important to be aware of the rules because they may indicate the direction the EEOC intends to take when the freeze is lifted.


Continue Reading EEOC proposes new wellness program rules under the ADA and GINA which may limit employers’ efforts to incentivize COVID-19 vaccination

On Jan. 12, 2021, Gov. Mike DeWine signed the Employment Law Uniformity Act (H.B. 352) into law. This act will significantly modify several aspects of Ohio’s workplace anti-discrimination laws and will bring Ohio law into conformity with federal law. The law will take effect in April 15, 2021.

Continue Reading Big changes to Ohio’s anti-discrimination laws coming this spring