Entries by MRR Law

Opioid Epidemic; Pharmaceutical Distributor and Insurance Coverage; Ohio First Appellate District

By Cara Wright On June 24, 2020, the Ohio First District Court of Appeals held in Acuity v. Masters Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 1st Dist. Hamilton No. C-190176, 2020-Ohio-3440 that an insurer has a duty to defend an insured pharmaceutical distributor in lawsuits brought by governmental entities for costs incurred combating the opioid epidemic. This declaratory judgment […]

Title VII Protects Homosexual and Transgender Workers

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Title VII outlaws discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Until yesterday, federal courts across the country were divided on whether Title […]

New Ohio Tax Law May Alter Municipal Income Tax

HB 197 went into effect on March 27, 2020. This is a new Ohio law that may alter the way municipalities collect income tax as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. The Ohio Legislative Service Commission stated in its Final Analysis that the new law redefines “principal place of work” as the city where homebound […]

Impacts of COVID-19 on Workers’ Compensation

By Michael Byrne Ohio employers are forced to handle a multitude of unprecedented challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. With regard to the issue of workers’ compensation, Ohio employers should be aware of several proposed and enacted changes that will affect claims handling, and determine whether or not claims arising from exposure to COVID-19 are […]

Dental Board Return To Practice Guidelines

On April 27, 2020, the Governor announced the schedule for businesses to return to operations to include the re-opening of dental practices for all dental procedures effective May 1. The return to practice includes strict adherence to Ohio Administrative Code provisions set forth in 4715-20 with respect to patient and personnel protection as well as […]

COVID-19 and the ADA, EEOC Answers Employers’ Questions

The global impact of COVID-19 has led to many questions about ensuring workplace safety while also complying with anti-discrimination law. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has offered guidance on such topics with a publication entitled Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some of the more important answers to frequently asked […]

FFCRA Regulations Finalized by U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has finalized the recently issued FFCRA regulations which have been formally added to the federal register as Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, 85 Fed. Reg. 19326 (April 6, 2020) (to be codified at 29 C.F.R. § 826). For details on the new FFCRA regulations, please see our […]

Highlights from Temporary FFCRA Regulations

The Secretary of Labor recently issued temporary regulations under 29 CFR Part 826 regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The new regulations further explain the FFCRA including “The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act”, which entitles certain employees to take up to two weeks of paid sick leave, and “The Emergency Family and Medical […]

COVID-19 Small Business Resource

The rapid, worldwide spread of COVID-19 has created a global pandemic that has affected the entire world, including small businesses.  Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A. (MR&R) has put together this reference to help your small business survive the crisis. SBA Disaster Loans The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has declared Ohio an eligible disaster […]

FFCRA Flow Chart

MRR received numerous questions concerning employers’ implementation of the FFCRA that becomes effective this Wednesday, April 1st. MRR prepared the following “flow chart” to assist employers in their understanding of the new laws, including when employees become eligible for FMLA and/or emergency sick leave pay. Please contact us at info@mrrlaw.com if you have any questions […]