MRR Ohio Legislation Updates: February 10 – February 23, 2017

Notes from the House of Representatives

  • HB No. 52 was introduced to regulate the solicitation of certain deeds.
  • HB No. 53 was introduced to remove any requirement under the Public Employees Collective Bargaining Law that public employees join or pay dues to any employee organization, to prohibit public employers from requiring public employees to join or pay dues to any employee organization, and to prohibit an employee organization from being required to represent public employees who are not members of the employee organization.
  • HB No. 79 was introduced to provide for firearms training for tactical medical professionals; to permit such a professional who has received that training and has been authorized by the law enforcement agency to carry firearms while on duty; and to grant such a professional the same right to carry a concealed handgun in this state as a concealed handgun licensee.
  • HB No. 82 was introduced to adjust the fees allowed to county treasurers for collecting property taxes.
  • HB No. 85 was introduced to enter into the Health Care Compact.
  • HB No. 86 was introduced to increase the state minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents per hour beginning January 1, 2019.

Notes from the Senate

  • SB No. 43 was introduced to enable limited home rule townships to adopt building codes regardless of any similar codes adopted by the county in which the township resides.
  • SB No. 47 was introduced to prohibit the use of non-compete provisions in employment contracts in the broadcasting industry.
  • SB No. 49 was introduced to prohibit private employers from including on an employment application any question concerning whether an applicant has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a felony.
  • SB No. 52 was introduced to allow any person or entity that registers with the secretary of state to solemnize marriages.
  • SB No. 59 was introduced to require bicycle operators and passengers under 18 years of age to wear protective helmets when the bicycle is operated on a roadway and to establish the Bicycle Safety Fund to be used by the Department of Public Safety to assist low-income families in the purchase of bicycle helmets.
  • SB No. 68 was introduced to prohibit the installation of unsafe used tires on certain motor vehicles.

For further information, please contact:

Stacy V. Pollock – MRR Columbus
614.324.0163
spollock@mrrlaw.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Pollock Joins COSI Community Board

Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder (MRR) is pleased to announce that attorney Stacy Pollock of the firm’s Columbus, Ohio, office (MRR) is now a member of the COSI Community Board.

Since its opening in 1964, COSI, a nationally recognized non-profit science museum, has hosted over 33 million people from all 50 states and around the world, both on-site and through its award-winning outreach programs. As a non-profit organization, COSI is supported by ticket sales, a network of community and statewide partnerships (including relationships with a variety of donors and sponsors), a volunteer program supported by 10,000 volunteers annually, and nearly 20,000 member households. As a member of the COSI Community Board, Ms. Pollock joins other key Columbus-area leaders in building better awareness of what COSI is doing in the community and working to leverage connections, both old and new, that provide critical resources to help fund the COSI experience for future generations.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” said Ms. Pollock.  “I look forward to working closely with other Board members as we reach out to community leaders in Columbus and beyond in support of COSI.”

Ms. Pollock focuses her practice on employment and labor law. She advises public and private employers in matters involving leave and discipline issues, personnel policy matters, and labor negotiations and arbitrations. When necessary, she defends them in state and federal court. She has experience representing clients before various governmental administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the State Personnel Board of Review, the State Employment Relations Board and the Ohio Department of Education. Ms. Pollock also advises clients on workers’ compensation matters and regularly appears before the Industrial Commission. She also has considerable experience in education law, representing schools and school administrators involving employee and student disciplinary matters.

Ms. Pollock also brings to the table many professional accomplishments and accolades. She is a certified specialist in labor and employment through the Ohio State Bar Association and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources through the HR Certification Institute. Ms. Pollock is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, and the National School Board Association’s Council of School Attorneys. In addition, she has been selected as a “Best Lawyer in America” for Education Law (2016 & 2017) and named an Ohio Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Employment Law by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2014-2017).

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MRR Ohio Legislation Updates: January 1 – February 9, 2017

Notes from the House of Representatives

  • HB No. 2 was introduced to modify Ohio civil rights laws related to employment.
  • HB No. 3 was introduced to create the DataOhio Board, to specify requirements for posting public records online, to require the Auditor of State to adopt rules regarding a uniform accounting system for public offices, to establish an online catalog of public data at data.Ohio.gov, to establish the Local Government Information Exchange Grant Program, and to make appropriations.
  • HB No. 8 was introduced to exempt from the Public Records Law certain information concerning a minor that is included in a record related to a traffic accident involving a vehicle in which the minor was an occupant at the time of the accident.
  • HB No. 10 was introduced to permit intrastate equity crowdfunding under certain circumstances.
  • HB No. 39 was introduced to authorize certain townships to require the removal of snow and ice from sidewalks abutting property.
  • HB No. 46 was introduced to modify the qualifications regarding notes eligible for investment of county inactive moneys and money in the public library fund.

Notes from the Senate

  • SB No. 13 was introduced to grant a person the right to lawfully record any incident involving a law enforcement officer and to impose civil liability upon the state or a local law enforcement agency if a law enforcement officer employed by the state or local law enforcement agency interferes with the recording of the incident, destroys the recording, seizes the recording without a warrant or subpoena or the person’s consent, or retaliates against the person who recorded the incident.
  • SB No. 14 was introduced to require that domestic workers be paid the higher of the minimum wage provided in Section 34a of Article II, Ohio Constitution, or the minimum wage provided in the Fair Labor Standards Act, to require that domestic workers be paid overtime wages, to make certain conduct directed toward a domestic worker an unlawful discriminatory practice, and to require a weekly day of rest for domestic workers.
  • SB No. 24 was introduced to create the Ohio Consumer Installment Loan Act.
  • SB No. 30 was introduced to authorize counties to adopt resolutions regulating motor vehicle traffic on county and township roads.
  • SB No. 33 was introduced to allow disclosure of information from the law enforcement automated data system (LEADS) to a defendant in a traffic or criminal case.
  • SB No. 37 was introduced to require the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission to develop and conduct a chief of police training course for newly appointed village, city, and township chiefs of police.
  • SB No. 38 was introduced to raise the minimum wage to $10.15/hour generally; to eliminate the prohibition against political subdivisions establishing a different minimum wage; to raise the salary threshold above which certain employees are exempt from the overtime law; and to create a uniform standard to determine whether an individual performing services for an employer is an employee of that employer.
  • SB No. 39 was introduced regarding community school operator contracts, the operation of Internet- and computer-based community schools, and performance metrics for blended learning schools.

For questions or more information on MRR’s Ohio Legislation Updates, contact:

Stacy V. Pollock  – MRR Columbus
Phone: 614.324.0163
Email: spollock@mrrlaw.com

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Chenee M. Castruita Joins MRR’s Columbus Office

Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A. (MRR) announced today that Chenee M. Castruita has joined the firm as an associate.

Ms. Castruita focuses her practice in the areas of civil rights and government liability, employment and labor law, and insurance coverage and bad faith claims.

A graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Ms. Castruita is admitted to the bar in three states—Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. She was a member of the Barrister Leadership Program, Class of 2015, of the Columbus Bar Association (CBA) and has also served as a member of the Leadership Program’s Planning Committee. Ms. Castruita is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Franklin County, and the Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer American Inn of Court. Active in the community, she is a Columbus affiliate volunteer with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and also volunteered with Columbus Sole from 2014 through 2016.

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