The Vorys labor and employment team has developed an educational platform – Vorys at Work – to provide important updates and training for HR professionals and in house counsel on labor and employment law trends, employee benefits issues, developments, decisions and law changes from across the U.S. From frequent alerts to complimentary webinars to podcast episodes and in-person events, Vorys at Work provides critical information in a vast array of formats. Scroll down to see some of our recent alerts, podcast episodes and upcoming events. To receive updates and invitations from Vorys at Work, click here.
6/25/2020 | Supreme Court’s Decision in Thole v. U.S. Bank a Win for Fiduciaries of Defined Benefit Plans
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of Thole v. U.S. Bank, holding that participants in defined benefit pension plans do not have standing to bring breaches of fiduciary duty claims under ERISA unless and until their own benefit has actually been impacted. Read more.
6/24/2020 | Refusing to Return to Work May Not Make Ohio Employees Ineligible for Unemployment Compensation
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently signed Executive Order 2020-24D, which provides several circumstances that will now constitute “good cause” for refusing suitable work during the pandemic. Read more.
6/19/2020 | Ohio General Assembly Enacts Sweeping Changes to Workers’ Compensation Law
Sweeping changes to the Ohio Workers’ Compensation Act were made when Am. Sub. H.B. 81 was signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine on June 16, 2020. Read more.
6/16/2020 | U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Title VII Prohibits Employment Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Transgendered Status
On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court held for the first time that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and transgendered status. Read more.
Data Privacy Important with Employees Working From Home Amid COVID-19
In this episode of “Vorys at Work,” Lisa Pierce Reisz, a partner in the Vorys privacy group, joins Podcast Host Jackie Ford to provide an overview of some of the most important privacy issues employers are now facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic and offer practical advice for staying ahead of them. Play episode.
Vorys on Call: Coronavirus (Special Episode)
In this special episode of “Vorys at Work,” we feature a recording of a program called "Vorys on Call: Coronavirus." This was program presented on Thursday, March 19, 2020, by Vorys attorneys from several practice areas and disciplines. The attorneys came together to share their considerations as businesses navigate the business and legal-related issues tied to COVID-19. Play episode.
Gender Identity & Expression in the Workplace
In this episode of “Vorys at Work,” Jackie Ford talks with the executive director of Equality Ohio, Alana Jochum, for practical advice about accommodating various aspects of gender expression in the workplace. Equality Ohio advocates and educates to achieve fair treatment and equal opportunity for all Ohioans regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Play episode.
You've Got a Secret: HR's Role in Trade Secret Protection
Everyone, everywhere, has secrets. And when those secrets are important to your business, it’s critical that you protect them from disclosure, neglect, and outright theft. In this episode of “Vorys at Work,” Jackie Ford talks with Vorys Partner Carey Jordan about some of the most common and serious trade secret issues employers should be aware of and how to protect these critical company assets. Play episode.
7/29/2020 | “Who’s Your Employee?” An Independent Contractor and Employee Classification Webinar
In this Vorys at Work webinar on July 29th at 12 p.m. (ET), Vorys attorneys Peggy Baron and Jacquie Abbott will host a lively discussion of the issues related to identifying employees. The status of someone who works in your business makes a difference in how you pay them and in how they pay taxes. There is no overall one-size-fits-all way to know if a worker is an employee. Learn about guidelines that federal and state governments use as well as the consequences of misclassification. To learn more about this webinar and/or to register, click here.