Many employers view the COVID-19 vaccines as the key to safely bringing employees back to the workplace and ending the coronavirus pandemic. Employers are wondering if they can implement mandatory vaccination policies prior to permitting employees to return to the workplace and what potential issues may arise from such a vaccine policy.Read more
On October 23, 2020, OSHA announced that since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic it has cited 112 employers for violations relating to COVID-19 resulting in proposed penalties of $1,603,544. Some of the COVID-19 OSHA citation involve alleged violations of failure to report properly and timely a COVID-19 related illness or fatality, and failure to document a COVID-19 illness as an OSHA recordable event.Read more
The majority of workplace absences are related to the illness of employees or their family members. When an employee is injured or ill, workers’ compensation, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) all have the potential to be involved. If more than one of these laws are involved, it is even more difficult for HR professionals to navigate the claim.Read more
On June 16, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 81 (H.B. 81) into law, which made significant changes to Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation law. H.B. 81 amends the doctrine of voluntary abandonment of a claim, the statute of limitation on filing a Violation of a Specific Safety Requirement (VSSR), a state fund employer’s settlement authority, and the statute of limitation on a claim among other changes.Read more
By: Carl Habekost, Esq.
On October 23, 2020, OSHA announced that since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic it has cited 112 employers for violations relating to COVID-19 resulting in proposed penalties of $1,603,544.