One Voice: Improving Campus Unity Through Policy

By David J. Sipusic. Whether it be regulatory or sub-regulatory guidance, resolution agreements, OCR investigations, or litigation, most institutions are well aware of the risks associated with having scant policies and procedures for addressing…

Court Rules in Favor of Insurance Agencies After Barge Accident

By Frank H. Scialdone. In the recent case of City of East Liverpool v. Owners Insurance Company, et al., 7th Dist. Columbiana No. 20 CO 0009, MRR Attorneys Joseph F. Nicholas, Jr., Frank H. Scialdone, George V. Pilat, and Michael P. Byrne…

Insurance Coverage; COVID-19 Business Interruption Claims; Interpretation and Application of the “Virus Exclusion”

By Joseph F. Nicholas, Jr. Throughout the country and due to the impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic, business owners are presenting business interruption claims to their commercial insurance carriers. With fair regularity, insurers…

H.B. 352 Clarifies and Modifies Ohio’s Employment Discrimination Statutes

By Kathleen Minahan. On January 12, 2021, Governor DeWine signed into law H.B. 352 (the “Employment Law Uniformity Act”) which makes overdue changes and provides long-awaited clarifications to Ohio’s employment discrimination statutes. Subject…

COVID-19 / Immunity; Civil Liability Relief for Ohio Businesses and Others

Ohio H.B. 606 became law effective September 14, 2020. Equally important, the new law’s protections have been made retroactive to March 9, 2020 - the date of Governor Mike DeWine’s first Executive Order relating to the pandemic. The law…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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)…