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.Read more
BY: Elizabeth Bolduc, Esq.
Established in 1935, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent federal agency that protects employees, employers, and unions from unfair labor practices and protects the right of most private-sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve wages, benefits and working conditions.
On September 24, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule increasing the salary threshold for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. The final rule raises the “standard salary level” from $455 per week to $684 per week (equivalent to $35,568 per year). Further, the total annual compensation level for highly compensated employees is raised from $100,000 to $107,432 per year.Read more
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is inviting businesses to weigh in on the issue of whether federal labor law protects employee’s who use profane outburst and offensive statements at work.Read more
On August 8, 2019, Sharon Fast Gustafson was sworn in as the General Counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Serving a four-year term, Ms. Gustafson becomes the first woman to serve as General Counsel at the EEOC. Ms. Gustafson has practiced law in the labor and employment arena since she earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Gustafson served as counsel for Peggy Young in the pregnancy discrimination case, Young v.Read more
As we previously reported, on June 26, 2019, Toledo City Council passed the Pay Equity Act; Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz signed the law on July 5, 2019. The Pay Equity Act is a local ordinance which generally prohibits employers who employ more than 15 employees and are located within the City of Toledo from inquiring about, relying on, or requiring job applicants to disclose salary history as a condition of employment.Read more