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....
The National Labor Relations Board recently made it easier for employers to terminate or otherwise discipline employees for making offensive or abusive statements, including profane, racist, and sexually unacceptable remarks, in the course of protected activity.In a...
A New York federal court ruled this week that major portions of the Department of Labor's regulations governing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) exceeded the Department's authority. The FFCRA was passed by Congress in March of this year to aid...
Governor DeWine Issues State-Wide Mask Mandate for Ohio, Recommends Self-Quarantine for Travelers from COVID Hotspots
During Wednesday’s Coronavirus Press Briefing, Governor Mike DeWine announced that face coverings will become mandatory in all 88 counties across the State of Ohio beginning Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 6:00 pm. Previously, the Governor resisted implementation of a...
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently released new guidance addressing some common questions involving the intersection between certain discrimination laws and the COVID-19 crisis. Since the EEOC has been fairly quiet lately compared to other agencies,...
To the surprise of some observers, the U.S. Supreme Court released its landmark Bostock v. Clayton County decision Monday morning, holding by a 6-3 vote that the approximately 8.1 million employees who self-identify as LGBTQ+ may not be discriminated against in the...
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