Kristina E. Curry

On October 11, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) released an updated Memorandum to clarify its position on whether employee drug screening and safety incentive programs are permissible.  In May 2016, OSHA published a final rule that prohibited employers from retaliating against their...

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The Office of the General Counsel (“GC”) for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has issued new Guidance to its Regional Directors and Offices regarding employee handbook policies in response to an NLRB ruling in December, The Boeing Company, 365 NLRB No. 154.  The new...

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By Kristina E. Curry On May 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld employment arbitration agreements which prohibit employee class and collective actions.  Epic Systems Corporation v. Lewis No. 16-285, involved three consolidated cases where former employees attempted to make claims under the Fair Labor Standards...

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On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, No. 16-74, resolving the question of whether church-affiliated hospitals’ employee defined-benefit pension plans qualify for the ERISA church plan exemption, despite those plans not having been originally “established” by a...

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Ohio Employers may be receiving another pleasant surprise in the mail beginning around November 7, 2014.  The BWC will begin to send out checks to employers as part of the “Another Billion Back” program proposed in August. Ohio employers will receive another $1 billion rebate and...

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The EEOC recently made its first update to its workplace pregnancy discrimination guidelines in nearly 30 years.  The new guidelines expand the employment protection of women due to pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth and make it clear that the...

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Many business owners believe that because they consider a worker to be an independent contractor, they do not have to provide workers’ compensation coverage for them. Surprisingly, this may not be the case where an independent contractor who is injured at your job site files a...

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