Vorys At Work

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.

1/19/2021 | Red State, Blue State, Green State: More States Legalize Marijuana on Election Day

According to the latest Gallup Poll, 68% of Americans support legalizing marijuana. The November 2020 elections reflected this as recreational marijuana was “legalized” in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota, while medical marijuana was “legalized” in Mississippi and South Dakota. Read more.


1/18/2021 | Surprise Medical Billing Protections Coming in 2022

The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), signed December 27, 2020, will bring significant changes to group health plans in 2022. This alert addresses the three situations in which the “No Surprises Act” included in the CAA will end surprise medical billing. Read more.


1/15/2021 | Fifth Circuit Endorses One-Step Process for Collective Certification under FLSA

In what will be welcome news for employers who have been on the receiving end of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action complaints, the Fifth Circuit (covering Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) recently issued an opinion adopting a more employer-friendly process for certifying a collective action.  Read more.


1/14/2021 | Ohio Enacts Important Changes to the Civil Rights Law

On January 12, 2021, Ohio enacted House Bill 352, the Employment Law Uniformity Act (ELUA) to improve Ohio’s employment discrimination laws. The ELUA makes significant changes to the Ohio Civil Rights Law concerning the statute of limitations, administrative exhaustion of discrimination charges, personal liability for managers, codification of an affirmative defense to hostile work environment claims, and clarification of remedies for age discrimination Read more.


1/13/2021 | California Requires Child Abuse Training and Reporting for Supervisors and HR Managers

California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Report Act (CANRA) requires individuals who are statutorily defined as “mandated reporters” to report known or reasonably suspected child abuse or neglect to law enforcement personnel and social service agencies.  Read more.

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Webinar: What you need to know about Ohio's newly passed Employment Law Uniformity Act

On January 13, 2021, Governor Mike DeWine signed H.B. 352, the Employment Law Uniformity Act (ELUA). The new law makes long-overdue, employer-friendly changes to Ohio's workplace discrimination statutory framework. Vorys will host a complimentary webinar on this new law on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from Noon - 1:00 p.m. ET.

Click here to learn and/or to register for this complimentary webinar.

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Vorys at Work Podcast

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.


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