Naked pictures? Drunken celebrations? Sexist comments? A click of a button and all evidence of your “Weekend at Bernie’s” can disappear. Job seekers know to scrub clean their Facebook pages before they connect with potential employers, to remove all trace of their off-color on-line life. But here in Ohio you can’t delete your way out

Following a year-long contentious debate, Congress finally passed the President’s top domestic agenda item: Health Reform.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Health Reform Bill by a slim margin (three votes more than required) and no Republican support. The Bill contains broad reforms that make numerous significant changes to the ways in which healthcare is accessed, delivered and financed.

Some of the noteworthy changes (and effective dates) for employers to consider are discussed in this blog post.
Continue Reading The Health Reform Bill: What Do Employers Need to Know?

On Tuesday, March 16, 2010, Senator Bill Seitz introduced Senate Bill 238 to the Ohio General Assembly. If passed, this bill would amend Ohio’s Revised Code to prohibit illegal and unauthorized aliens from receiving compensation and benefits under Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation Law.

Currently, illegal and unauthorized aliens are afforded the same benefits under Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law that other workers are. In other words, illegal and unauthorized workers who are injured in the course of and arising out of their employment are allowed to file workers’ compensation claims and receive benefits and treatment for their injuries.

 

Since this bill was just introduced this week, it is too early to predict the likelihood of passage or what changes may be added before it is ultimately voted on by the Ohio General Assembly. We will continue to monitor the bill and provide updates as it proceeds through the legislative process.

Continue Reading Bill Limiting Immigrant Workers’ Compensation Benefits

The “economic stimulus bill”–formally referred to as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009–signed into law on February 17, 2009 includes a whistleblower protection provision for employees of private contractors and state and local governments who report gross mismanagement, gross waste, public safety issues, abuse of authority, or violation of law in the implementation or use of the stimulus funds.
Continue Reading Stimulus Bill Contains Whistleblower Protections for Employees of State & Local Governments and Private Employers who Receive Stimulus Funds

The conference committee negotiating the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R.1), also known as the stimulus bill, agreed to include one controversial immigration provision, but deleted a second. The first provision prohibits all financial institutions receiving TARP funds from hiring any employee in H-1B status unless the company complies with the H-1B dependent