June 17, 2020
On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States, in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, held that gay and transgender employees may not be fired merely for being gay or transgender. In a 6-3 decision, the Court held that termination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation violates Title VII of … Continue reading Employment Law: US Supreme Court holds that discrimination based upon status of being gay or transgendered is prohibited
April 20, 2020
As a result of the current pandemic, millions more Americans are working from home than there were just a month ago. This significant change in circumstances presents a good opportunity for employers to review their policies when it comes to recording the hours worked by their employees, and the payment of overtime. Remember that employees … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: How is overtime pay handled for employees working from home?
April 2, 2020
The recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. We recently blogged about the Act here. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The US Department of Labor has issued … Continue reading Federal Employment Law: Employers must post Notice of Employee Rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
March 17, 2020
Attorney Stephen E. Imm The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected every aspect of the Nation’s political, social, and economic life. It should not be surprising, then, that it has implications for employers in terms of their legal obligations to their employees. Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) One major consideration … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: Employers face unique employment law challenges from Coronavirus pandemic
March 2, 2020
Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, and all individual state laws, say that employment discrimination on the basis of “sex” is unlawful. But what if an employer fires (or refuses to hire) someone because of their sexual orientation? And what about discrimination on the basis of someone’s gender identity? Are these … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: Is same sex discrimination and harassment illegal?
January 14, 2020
The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) is the federal law requiring employers to pay time and a half to most employees who work more than 40 hours in a work week. On September 23, 2019, the Department of Labor issued some new rules that significantly changed the overtime requirements of the FLSA. These new rules … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: Many more workers now entitled to overtime pay.
September 30, 2019
Most salespeople are compensated at least in part on commission. Some earn a salary in addition to sales commissions, and some are paid solely by commission. Either way, sales commissions are the “lifeblood” of a salesperson. If someone messes with the commissions of a salesperson, they are going to hear about it. It’s how they … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: Is a salesperson entitled to receive sales commissions after his or her employment ends?
August 19, 2019
It is common practice for employers who are considering a new hire to conduct reference checks on prospective candidates for the position. Obtaining information from a candidate’s former employer obviously can be a useful tool in making a good hiring decision. So why is it often so hard to get references from previous employers? Many … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: It is it Illegal for an employer to give a bad reference on a former employee?
January 30, 2019
Every legal claim that a person can file in civil court is subject to a “statute of limitations.” This is the period of time that the victim of a civil wrong has, after the claim arises, to bring legal action over the wrongdoing. If the claim is not filed within that specified statute of limitations, … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: How Soon Must an Employee File a Claim for Employment Discrimination or Harassment?
November 11, 2018
These days, just about everyone is walking around with a device that can take pictures, videos, and audio recordings of anything at any time. In the workplace, this means employees can record conversations and events that take place at work. In most states, employees can record conversations they are having – including conversations with supervisors … Continue reading Ohio Employment Law: Can employers prohibit employees from recording in the workplace?