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Nov 10 2017

Unemployment Compensation Changes Proposed by House Bill 382

House Bill 382, currently pending in the Ohio General Assembly, is an attempt to increase the solvency of Ohio’s unemployment compensation fund (renamed the unemployment compensation insurance fund by the bill), so the fund can better withstand an economic downturn in the future. It does so by a combination of increasing taxes or contributions (referred […]

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Oct 06 2017

Public Records Complaints Now Quicker and Cheaper Thanks to Senate Bill 321

It happens all too often. A request is made for a public record. Instead of complying with the request, the public agency delays or refuses to supply the record. Until recently, the person making such a request had no recourse except to hire a lawyer and file a lawsuit in court. In response to Senate […]

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Oct 05 2017

Firefighter Cancer Registry Act Aims to Provide More Effective Cancer Research and Support for Firefighters

On September 12, 2017, the House unanimously approved the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act (H.R. 931). The bill, introduced by Representatives Chris Collins (R-NY) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), is intended to create a specialized national registry to provide researchers and epidemiologists with the tools and resources they need to improve research activities related to monitoring cancer […]

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Jul 26 2017

Workers Compensation and Presumptive Cancer Law Changes

Substitute House Bill 27, enacted by the Ohio General Assembly on June 28, 2017, and signed by the Governor on June 30, makes several major changes to the workers compensation and the firefighter presumptive cancer laws. Highlights include the following. WORKING WAGE LOSS ADDED FOR CANCER CLAIMANTS. Currently, firefighters who have cancer contracted in the […]

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Jun 13 2017

Arbitrators Have the Authority to Define Insubordination and Just Cause

What is insubordination? Perhaps more importantly, who gets to decide what constitutes insubordination. If an employee covered by a collective bargaining agreement is terminated for insubordination, the Cuyahoga County Court of Appeals has ruled that a neutral arbitrator, in deciding whether there was just cause for the termination, has the authority to not only define […]

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May 19 2017

Arbitrators’ Authority to Modify Discipline Upheld

Labor arbitrators have traditionally had the authority to modify discipline imposed by employers, based upon the principle that just cause focuses not only on whether the employee committed wrongdoing, but also whether the punishment fits the crime.  Employers often don’t like this, believing they, not neutral arbitrators, should decide on the level of punishment. The […]

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Aug 07 2014

Worker's Compensation Issues For Law Enforcement Officers


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Jan 08 2014

Informational Picketing

NOTICE REQUIREMENTS FOR INFORMATIONAL PICKETING UNDER 4117 By Henry A. Arnett Livorno and Arnett Co., LPA 1335 Dublin Road, Suite 108-B Columbus, Ohio 43215 Telephone: 614-224-7771 Ohio Revised Code §4117.11(B) provides that it is an unfair labor practice for a public employee organization, its agents, representatives, or public employees to do the following: (8) […]

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Jan 08 2014

Residency Restrictions

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS UNDER R.C. §9.481 By Henry A. Arnett Livorno and Arnett Co., LPA 1335 Dublin Road, Suite 108-B Columbus, Ohio 43215 Telephone: 614-224-7771 In 2006, the Ohio General Assembly enacted R.C. §9.481, which generally prohibited political subdivisions from enacting residency requirements as a condition of employment.1 A number of cities filed challenges to […]

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Oct 16 2012

Springdale Firefighter Reinstated

By Henry A. Arnett

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