After only a few months of reprieve from the last wave of pandemic-related legislation, employers must again adapt to new federal laws affecting their workplace. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 – Congress’s latest $1.9 trillion effort to curb the effects of...
On his first day in office, President Biden asked federal agencies to freeze all proposed and pending rules and regulations issued under the Trump administration. The regulatory freeze will allow the President’s new agency appointees to review and revise any pending...
From Six Years to Six Months: How Organizations Can Limit the Time Employees May File Claims Against Them
The beginning of a new year can be a great time to review your organization’s risk management and litigation-avoidance strategy. Fortunately, a recent case from Ohio's Eighth District Court of Appeals offers some helpful guidance on how employers can drastically...
As millions of Americans await access to the COVID-19 vaccine, employers face the looming decision of whether to require vaccination for their workforce. But can businesses legally condition employment on receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine? For many employers, the answer...
The following article was authored by our colleagues, Alissa Oduro, Mike Tontillo, and Sean McKinley. Alissa, Mike, and Sean clerked for KWW during the summer of 2020. All three will be joining KWW as attorneys upon completion of law school and passage of the Ohio...
Over the holiday weekend, President Trump narrowly avoided a government shutdown by signing the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Tucked inside this 5,600-page omnibus spending bill is a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package, making this new Act the most...
Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC Shareholders James P. Wilkins and John W. McKenzie were named among the 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers, an attorney rating service designation based on peer recognition and professional achievement, both in the category of Employment...
As Inauguration Day quickly approaches, many employers may be wondering what the future of workplace law might look like under the Biden administration. Below is a summary of the many pro-employee changes that are likely to occur over the next four years, many of...
On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health released an order that requires all Ohioans to stay at home between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. unless they are engaging in designated “Protected Activities” or “Essential Activities”. Governor Mike DeWine first...
Under a new order from the Ohio Department of Health, retail businesses will soon be required to ensure that all customers wear a facial covering while on the business’s property. Failure to comply could result in local health authorities ordering the business closed....
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