Entries by Eric J. Johnson

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Ohio Expands Unemployment Benefits to Address Evolving COVID-19 Situation

March 16, 2020  Through Executive Order on March 15, 2020, Governor Michael DeWine announced an expansion of Ohio’s unemployment benefits to address the evolving COVID-19 situation.  Announced in conjunction with the state’s shutdown of bars and restaurants impacting hundreds of thousands of employees, the Governor’s Executive Order specifically addressed the following issues: Layoff Due to […]

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ODE Clarifies Teacher Evaluation Questions, But Complicated Decisions Remain

April 9, 2020  House Bill 197, which was meant to provide clarity to school districts on a range of issues due to school-building closures from the COVID-19 pandemic, resulted in more questions than answers. Specifically, those questions focused on OTES 1.0, OTES 2.0 and conducting teacher evaluations while school buildings are closed to students. On […]


Ohio’s Revised Employment Discrimination Law Takes Effect: How Your Business Should Prepare

April 15, 2021 The enactment of Ohio’s Employment Law Uniformity Act (“Act”) on April 15, 2021 has resulted in hundreds of new employment discrimination claims being filed in Ohio courts in recent days. In fact, on April 13, 2021, 63 new cases were filed in area courts, and 44 of those cases were filed in […]