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  • New OSHA Beryllium Standard for General Industry

    By: Donald Elswick, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CIT
    Elsmart Associates
    A final rule issued by OSHA revises the agency’s beryllium standard for general industry. The changes affect provisions for methods of compliance, personal protective clothing and equipment, hygiene areas and practices, housekeeping, medical surveillance, hazard communication, and recordkeeping.

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  • Changes Coming to Ohio Workers’ Compensation as Ohio House Bill 81 is Signed into Law

    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 makes significant changes to the doctrine of voluntary abandonment of a claim, the statute of limitation on filing a VSSR, a state fund employer’s settlement authority and the statute of limitation on a claim, among other minor changes. The most relevant portions of the Bill are summarized below.

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  • The Supreme Court Rules That Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    In a historic 6-3 decision, the United State Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County Georgia that Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
    As we previously reported, on October 8, 2019, the United States Supreme Court consolidated and heard oral arguments in three significant sex discrimination cases regarding Title VII’s coverage of sexual orientation and transgender status discrimination.

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  • Unemployment Compensation during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Historically, unemployment compensation benefits have been limited to individuals who lost their jobs through no fault of their own and could not find work despite actively seeking work. However, as a result of the State of Emergency declared by Governor DeWine on March 9, 2020 and the subsequent “Stay at Home Orders”, an unprecedented number of employees filed for unemployment compensation benefits.

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  • Concerns for Employers in Reopening

    As businesses begin to reopen nationwide and work to become economically viable again, they face emerging litigation trends.  One such trend involves lawsuits against employers for allegedly insufficient COVID-19 protocols and safety measures.  Plaintiffs contend that some businesses risk the health of not only their employees, but also the employees’ family members and the general public as well.  Such lawsuits are known as “derivative exposure claims”.

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  • Ohio Facial Covering Order Goes Into Effect TodayRead more


  • The Path Forward: Legal & Safety Considerations to Prepare Your Workplace for Return Amid the COVID-19 PandemicRead more

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