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House Bill 447 Limits Qualifying “Injuries” for Remote Workers

On June 24, 2022, Governor Mike DeWine signed into law House Bill 447 (“H.B. 447”),[1] which amends sections 4123.01, 4123.56, and 4123.64 of the Revised Code regarding eligibility for workers’ compensation for employees who work from home, as well

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Department of Labor Issues Updated Family and Medical Leave Act Guidance

While the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) has always provided leave for mental health conditions that qualify as serious health conditions, the Department of Labor recently issued updated guidance and frequently asked questions to provide a

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EEOC Issues Updated Guidance on Caregiver Discrimination During the Pandemic

On March 14, 2022, the EEOC released new guidance related to caregiver discrimination and the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance reaffirms that simply because a caregiver is not a protected class in and of itself, an employer still maintains a

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Department Of Labor Modifies Tip Rule

If you have tipped employees, then you should be aware of the Department of Labor’s new regulations. The requirements for how employers administer tips will be changing on December 28, 2021. This summary will explain the changes and provide some

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Illinois Non-Compete Laws Coming in 2022

As states across the country continue to impose limitations on non-competition and non-solicitation agreements between employers and employees, Illinois has recently followed suit by codifying new restrictions. On May 31, 2021, Illinois’ state

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What the American Rescue Plan Act Means for Employers

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”). The ARPA contains a $1.9 trillion budget and has several provisions that directly affect employers.
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Can Employers Require Employees to get a Vaccination

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape the workforce and present uncertainty and unique challenges to employers and employees. With the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccination comes another difficult question that both employers and employees face:

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EEOC Issues Updated Guidance on Covid-19

The evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges to employers seeking to keep their employees and customers safe while also remaining in compliance with the law. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has

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What Should Employers Consider in Their Return to Work Policies?

As employers begin re-opening their businesses, they must plan, prepare, and respond to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 to ensure a safe workplace for their employees. How employers respond to the COVID-19 pandemic could minimize their potential for

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Asian American Discrimination in the Wake of Covid-19

When extraordinary circumstances arise, it seems people often look for a scapegoat to wrongfully place blame. We have seen discrimination of this type demonstrated against people of Middle Eastern descent following the terrorist attacks of September

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