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Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Proposes Rule to Ban Noncompete Clauses

In Employment Law, Labor by Marc L. Fleischauer

On January 5, 2023, the FTC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would prohibit employers from executing noncompete agreements with paid or unpaid employees, independent contractors, interns, volunteers, and apprentices. In addition to prohibiting employers from enforcing new noncompete agreements, the proposed rule would also operate retroactively to render existing noncompete clauses unenforceable and require employers to inform employees subject to a noncompete that the noncompete is void within 45 days of the rule’s implementation. The FTC proposed rule defines noncompete clauses to mean “a contractual term between an employer and a worker that prevents the worker from seeking …

The Latest on OSHA: Sixth Circuit Lifts Stay of OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard

In COVID-19 Information Hub, Employment Law, Labor by Benjamin A. Mazer

As we have described previously in recent months, several precarious federal mandates have been issued by the administration of President Biden as the country works its way toward recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  On November 5, 2021, OSHA issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), requiring that all employers with 100 or more employees either mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all employees or allow employees to elect weekly COVID-19 testing.  In the most recent court challenge, this mandate, originally stayed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, has been reinstated by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Inevitably, the next stop will …

New Ohio COVID-19 Law Provides Businesses with Broad Immunity

In COVID-19 Information Hub by Marc L. Fleischauer

On September 14, 2020 Governor DeWine signed House Bill 606 (the “Legislation”) into law giving many businesses protection from lawsuits due to COVID-19 and other infections. Specifically, the Legislation provides that no person is liable for a civil action for damages, injury, or death due to COVID-19 or similar illnesses unless the person engages in reckless conduct, intentional misconduct, or willful or wanton misconduct. These immunity provisions will become retroactive to March 9, 2020 and remain in effect until September 30, 2021. The definitions in the Legislation make it clear that the term “person” protects not only individuals but also …