Tag: Ohio

Driver, Motor Carrier Transport, and Exemption from the Definition of Employee On April 3, 2019, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed legislation (H.B. 62) to exclude an individual who operates a vehicle or vessel when performing work for or on behalf of a motor carrier transporting property under the definition of employee in several labor and…

Cincinnati Prohibits Salary History Inquiry and Use On March 13, 2019, the Cincinnati City Council passed an ordinance (No. 83-2019) prohibiting private employers within Cincinnati with 15 or more employees in the city from: Inquiring about an applicant’s salary history; Screening applicants based on their current or prior wages, benefits, other compensation, or salary histories…

Cincinnati Bans Inquiry and Use of Salary Information On March 13, 2019, the City of Cincinnati adopted an ordinance (No. 0083-2019) enacting a new city law prohibiting salary history inquiry and use. The new law was created to ensure that Cincinnati residents’ rights are protected and that job applicants in Cincinnati are offered employment positions…

Franchises and the Employment Relationship On December 19, 2018, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed legislation (H.B. 494) regarding franchises and the employment relationship. Under the law, Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 4111.14 was modified to clarify that the definition of an employer does not include a franchisor with respect to the franchisor’s relationship with a franchisee…

Antidiscrimination Policy in State Government On January 14, 2019, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed an executive order (E.O. 2019-05D) prohibiting any person employed by any State Cabinet agency or by a State board or commission from discriminating against any other State employee or candidate for State employment on the basis of any of the following…

Cryptocurrency Tax Payments In November 2018, Treasurer of Ohio Josh Mandel announced that Ohio businesses may pay their state business taxes with cryptocurrency (Bitcoin only). This is remarkable because Ohio is the first state in the United States to accept cryptocurrency payments. Those eligible to pay taxes in cryptocurrency via the state’s website (OhioCrypto.com) are…

Data Breach and Cybersecurity On August 2, 2018, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed legislation (S.B. 220) creating a cybersecurity program affirmative defense to a tort against a covered entity because of a data breach, if the entity is accused of failing to implement reasonable information security controls and the entity has a cybersecurity program that…

2019 Minimum Wage Increase On September 30, 2018, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced that the state’s minimum wage will increase as follows: $8.55 per hour for non-tipped employees. $4.30 per hour plus tips for tipped employees. These increases are effective January 1, 2019. See the announcement (and updated minimum wage poster)