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UnMasked: A Generational Shift in Attitudes About Racial Inequity, Diversity And The Unique Implications for Businesses
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

This week, Westlaw Today published an article by Dinsmore partner J.T. Wilson III about the generational shift in attitudes toward racial equity in light of George Floyd's death and about how business owners and employers must react accordingly...

OSHA Releases Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Workplaces
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

On Jan. 29, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released updated guidance regarding mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Important highlights are as follows. First, the guidance emphasizes that employers should implement a COVID-19 prevention program for the workplace...

Recent Federal Cases in the N.D. Ohio Split on COVID-19 Business Interruption Insurance Coverage
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

Two federal cases in the Northern District of Ohio recently reached very different conclusions on whether the state’s COVID-19 shutdowns of restaurants permit valid claims for business interruption insurance coverage. Reviewing essentially the same facts and policy provisions, one court found for the insurer, holding no coverage to exist. The other found for the policyholder, awarding coverage. The opposite results will no doubt lead to further upcoming appellate activity in Ohio...

DOJ Stats Show Dip in Fraud Recoveries in ’20, but Signs Point to Impending Rise in False Claims Act Litigation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has just released its annual statistical overview[1] of False Claims Act (FCA) and other fraud actions for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020)[2], and the numbers tell a mixed story. The total of just over $2.2 billion in settlements and judgments represents a decline of more than one-quarter in recoveries from FY2019,[3] likely reflecting workforce, logistical, and judicial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic...

International Air Travelers Entering the United States Must Have a Negative COVID-19 Test
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

Effective Jan. 26, 2021, all air passengers traveling to the United States will be required to get a viral test for current infection within the three days before their flight to the U.S. is scheduled to depart, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test results (paper or electronic copy) to the airline...

A Proxy Season and Annual Report Guide to 2021
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

This is a summary of the Annual Report. Click here to access the full guide. The 2020 proxy season shareholder proposals were already submitted before the COVID-19 shadow loomed large over the season; however, such shadow likely impacted how shareholders voted on the proposals themselves, impacted business throughout 2020, and continues to jolt 2021 and the forthcoming 2021 proxy season...

Top Wage and Hour Updates From 2020
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

As employers adapt to the impacts of COVID-19, wage and hour compliance continues to present unique challenges. To help employers navigate these uncertain times, government enforcement agencies and legislatures have continued to issue new laws, opinion letters, and guidance all employers should understand and act upon...

Improper CBD Product Marketing Lands in FDA’s Crosshairs
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

On Dec. 22, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to five companies for violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) related to the sale of cannabidiol (CBD) products.[i] CBD is the primary non-psychotropic compound in Cannabis sativa plant. The FDA stated the companies who were served warning letters illegally marketed CBD products for the treatment or prevention of medical conditions, including COVID-19...

Intellectual Property Measures Included in Spending and Coronavirus Relief Omnibus Bill
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2020

While most Americans are likely aware that President Donald Trump signed a pandemic relief and government spending bill into law on Dec. 27, 2020 (the “Omnibus Bill”),[i] it is important for those who have intellectual property assets to understand that tucked away into this nearly 5,600-page legislation are laws impacting copyrights, trademarks, and patents...

New DOL Rule Allows Additional Workers to Participate In Tip Pooling and Eliminates 80/20 Rule
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2020

On Dec. 23, 2020, The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its long-anticipated Final Rule addressing which employees may legally participate in “tip pooling” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the conditions under which employers may claim “tip credit.” The Final Rule is effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register and constitutes a major departure from past guidance...

FFCRA Paid Leave Requirements Not Extended; Tax Credits and Employer Aid is Extended
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2020

On Dec. 21, 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Act), which provides additional COVID-19 relief to individuals and businesses. The long-anticipated COVID-19 relief bill will now head to President Trump for approval or veto. The Act does not extend requirements for employers to provide emergency paid sick leave or emergency paid family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) past the original Dec...

EEOC Gives Vital Guidance for Employers on COVID-19 Vaccinations
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2020

On Dec. 16, 2020, the United Stated Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released much-anticipated guidance regarding employers’ ability to enact mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies. The new guidance addresses many questions regarding the interaction between mandatory vaccination policies and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1963 (Title VII), and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (Act)...

Can Employers Mandate Employees to Take a COVID-19 Vaccine?
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2020

Three pharmaceutical companies, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfeizer, have announced COVID-19 vaccines, which the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has announced could be available as early as late December 2020.[1] Governor Mike DeWine announced some Ohio health care professionals could receive the COVID vaccine as early as Dec. 15, 2020...

Ohio’s Revised Mask Order: What Businesses Need to Know
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2020

The Ohio Department of Health’s July 23, 2020 Order regarding facial covering mandates has been amended in light of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Ohio. The order became effective today, Nov. 16, 2020. See the order here. This new order includes the following additional mandates for retail stores (enterprises offering goods to the public) only. 1. Each business will be required to post at all public entrances to the store: A. A face covering requirement sign; B...

CDC Expands the Definition of Close Contact for COVID-19
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2020

On Oct. 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new definition for “close contact.” The new definition was expanded to account for the cumulative amount of exposure one might have had with a person infected with COVID-19. Under the new definition, close contact is defined as being “within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period beginning two days before illness onset...

Select COVID-19 Compliance Risks and Considerations for Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2020

In response to the ongoing disruption caused by COVID-19, OCIE issued a Risk Alert on Aug. 12, 2020. In the Risk Alert, OCIE makes various observations and recommendations which fall into six different categories: (1) protection of investors’ assets; (2) supervision of personnel; (3) practices relating to fees, expenses, and financial transactions; (4) investment fraud; (5) business continuity; and (6) the protection of investor and other sensitive information...

Ohio Introduces Proposed Legislation to Expand Telehealth Services
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2020

Ohio legislators recently introduced proposed H.B. 679, expanding telehealth services. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has become more prevalent and necessary. Ohio lawmakers realize telehealth is only going to become more widespread in the future, as patient usage and acceptance continue to grow. If enacted, H.B...

What Employers Need to Know about Coronavirus, Paid Leave
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2020

As seen in Bank Director From lobby closures to Paycheck Protection Program loans, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a lot at banks and other financial services providers during this pandemic. One more item to add to the list is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)...

Ohio Passes Law Providing COVID-19 Liability Shield for Individuals, Businesses, and Health Care Providers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

On Sept. 14, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed into law a bill, which provides significant protections against tort claims arising from COVID-19 to all entities, including individuals, businesses, health care providers, property owners, government entities, churches, and schools. Amended Sub...

The BWC Offers Employers Assistance Through COVID-19 Pandemic
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique issues in the workforce and to employers. Fortunately, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has implemented policies and programs over the last several months intended to reduce employer hardships. Below are a few policies to note and verify have been applied to your business...

DOL Issues Revised FFCRA Regulations in Response to Court Ruling
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

On Sept. 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced revisions to the regulations implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), following the New York federal court’s decision that invalidated some of the prior regulations as either inconsistent with the text of the FFCRA or insufficiently explained by the DOL in its original regulations...

Top 10 COVID-19 Employer Mistakes to Avoid
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

COVID-19 has sent many employers into a workforce management tailspin. Laws, regulations, and recommendations change daily, and as the pandemic continues to affect the workplace, the risk of legal complacency increases. The list below identifies the top 10 mistakes for employers to avoid during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mistake 1: Failing To Prepare and Update a COVID-19 Response Plan...

OSHA Whistleblower Complaints on the Rise: Employers Be Aware
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

Whistleblower complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have continued to rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. Between February 18, 2020, and May 31, 2020, a total of 4,101 whistleblower complaints were filed,[1] which represented a 30% increase in complaints over the same period last year...

COVID-19 Liability: Practical Guidance on Risk Management for Horse Shows and Competitions
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

As COVID-19 continues to alter our daily lives, many of us have found comfort in barn time spent with our four-legged friends. With so many spring and summer events cancelled, we are eager to get back in the saddle and into the show ring. However, the legal implications facing horse show boards and competition venues are complex and ever-evolving...

State Legislative Procedural Updates as a Result of COVID-19 Pandemic
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, August 2020

In addition to its devastating effects on the global population, the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered operations in both the public and private sectors. Before elected officials could consider pandemic-related legislation aimed at assisting their constituents, state legislatures faced the difficult task of carrying out their legislative functions while ensuring the health and safety of members, staff, and the public...

 

 

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