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Employers must post 300A – February 1st

January 30, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



Employers must post 300A injury/illness summary form February through April OSHA is reminding covered employers to post OSHA's Form 300A which summarizes the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2016. The summary must be posted between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2017, and should be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted.  Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted.) Minor injuries requiring first aid ...

Employment Law Wrap Up – A Review of 2016

January 09, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog



Last year was a busy year in the areas of Human Resources and Employment Law.  Here is a brief summary of some of the recent changes in both Ohio and Federal employment laws in 2016.   December 19, 2016: Governor Kasich signed a bill restricting Ohio’s municipalities from establishing minimum wage requirements that exceed the State’s minimum wage.  This is in direct response to the effort to raise Cleveland’s minimum wage to $15/hour, and similar efforts in other cities.  While this could be subject to legal challenge, ...

Resolution 2017: Moving Forward

January 02, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



Tis the season for resolutions! I know many of you are exhausted from the holidays and the word ‘resolution’ brings up an internal groan, but it doesn’t have to. Resolutions can be a very positive experience and a successful one if you start in the right place. In the gray winter months with a culture that praises being critical and at times cynical, personal reflection can often go negative quickly, focusing on your flaws and mistakes. But starting and staying negative in your reflection ...

OSHA Rule Regarding Post-Accident/Injury Drug Testing

December 07, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog



On May 12, 2016, OSHA published final rules that, in part, addressed retaliation against employees who report work-related injuries or illnesses.  Employers were initially concerned because of language in the preamble to the rule, which implied that mandatory post-accident/injury drug tests could be construed to violate the new anti-retaliation provisions.  A lawsuit was filed by several businesses in Texas seeking to block implementation of the rule.  The judge issued orders twice delaying the rule, pushing the original August effective date back to November, and then December 1, 2016.   On November 28, 2016, the ...

Change Management: Why do they resist?

December 06, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog



According to Peter Senge in his book, The Dance of Change, “most change initiatives fail”.  Two independent studies in the early 1990s, one published by Arthur D. Little and one by McKinsey & Co., found that out of the hundreds of corporate Total Quality Management (TQM) programs studied, about two thirds “grind to a halt because of their failure to produce hoped-for results.” Even without hearing the statistics, most of us know firsthand that change programs fail.  We have seen enough “flavor of the month” programs rolled out from top management to last a lifetime.  Therefore, how ...

The Grateful Employer

November 18, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



Thanksgiving is upon us, and what better time is there to tell your employees how grateful you are for them. From a simple spoken "thank you," to generous bonuses and everything in between, research shows that employees who are recognized and thanked for their contributions are more satisfied with their job, more likely to report that their workplace is "fun," and less likely to leave. Here are some free/inexpensive ways to quickly show your appreciation: Send out an employee-wide email noting appreciation for specific employees. Note your appreciation in a newsletter or social ...

Election Day Reminder for Employers

November 07, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog



Election Day is finally upon us!  There a predictions of a heavy voter turnout on election day.  What does that mean for employers in Ohio? In accordance to Ohio Revised Code, Section 3599.06, No employer, his officer or agent, shall discharge or threaten to discharge an elector for taking a reasonable amount of time to vote on election day; or require or order an elector to accompany him to a voting place upon such day; or refuse to permit such elector to serve as an election official on any registration or election day; or indirectly use any force ...

New Overtime Rules – Are you Ready?

October 10, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog



Update:  November 23, 2016 – Federal Court puts Overtime Rules on Hold  A Federal Court judge in Texas has given business owners one more thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  The new overtime regulations regarding the increase of the salary level required for exempt employees has been temporarily barred from going into effect as planned on December 1, 2016.  On November 22, 2016, a judge hearing a number of consolidated cases contesting the new rule granted a motion for preliminary injunction, which stopped these regulations from being implemented.  While this is good ...

Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law

September 22, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



Alas, the use of medical marijuana is now legal under Ohio law as of September 8th.  It will probably take some time until medical marijuana will actually be sold in Ohio, but in the meantime, residents with legal out-of-state prescriptions may start using marijuana legally.  In fact, employees can still be terminated if they are utilizing marijuana while off and in compliance with the state statute.  However, employers should consider amending their current zero-tolerance policies to clearly convey that although Ohio law does permit the use of medical marijuana, it ...

Stress Busters

September 09, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



Everyone has experienced a horrific start to their work day. For example, Imagine your six dollar cup of coffee is being absorbed by the pavement outside of the coffee shop from which you purchased it.  You take the time to stand in line and purchase another cup. Then, as you arrive at work, already late, you notice that one of your two Black shoes, is really navy blue. It is not even 9:00 a.m.  Stress is an unavoidable and unpredictable part of life. Here are five tips to help you traverse through your ...