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Published: May 16, 2024

Ohio BWC Requires Secure Login Updates

Ohio BWC Requires Secure Login Updates
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Update Effective: July 1, 2024

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is moving to OHID, a secure login system that allows users to access many Ohio government services with just one username and password. 

Justworks PEO customers with active Ohio BWC accounts will need to create an OHID account, enable 2-Step Verification credentials, and transfer the association of existing BWC e-accounts to your OHID by July 1, 2024. While these customers are required to take the above actions, this new login method will not disrupt Justworks' ability to manage the BWC policies for said customers with active PEO agreements and completed Forms AC-2.

If you need assistance setting up your OHID login, please reach out to the BWC Customer Contact Center.

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Published: Dec 14, 2023

Ohio Passes Recreational Marijuana Law

Ohio Passes Recreational Marijuana Law
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Update Effective: Immediately

Effective December 7, 2023, the state of Ohio legalized recreational marijuana use for residents aged 21 and older. Although the law permits recreational use, Ohio employers are not required to accommodate an employee’s use, possession, or distribution of marijuana while at work. Additionally, employers are entitled to take adverse action against an employee for marijuana use, possession, or distribution as well as enforce drug testing, zero-tolerance, and drug-free workplace policies. 

Employers should carefully review drug policies to ensure compliance with Ohio and federal law and ensure their policies are clearly communicated to employees and consistently enforced.

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Published: May 18, 2023

(Columbus) Columbus Bans Salary History Inquiry for Applicants

(Columbus) Columbus Bans Salary History Inquiry for Applicants
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Update Effective: March 1, 2024

The city of Columbus, Ohio has passed a new ordinance restricting employers from inquiring about applicants’ previous salary history or current wages. Employers are also prohibited from inquiring about candidates’ past or current benefits and/or total reward packages. Employers can still discuss salary expectations for the role with an applicant.

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Published: Mar 11, 2021

Employment Law Uniformity Act

Employment Law Uniformity Act
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Update Effective: April 15, 2021

In January, Governor DeWine signed a law that impacts employment discrimination claims filed with the state. One notable inclusion, while not a requirement, is that establishing anti-harassment policies and procedures (including training) may assist with an employer’s defense in hostile work environment claims.

Justworks teams up with EVERFI to provide our customers with access to harassment and discrimination training directly in Justworks.

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Published: May 14, 2020

(Toledo) Toledo, OH Bans Salary History Inquiries

(Toledo) Toledo, OH Bans Salary History Inquiries
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Update Effective: June 25, 2020

Starting next month, a new ordinance in Toledo, OH will prohibit employers in the city from inquiring about applicants’ salary histories during the application process.

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Published: Apr 16, 2020

Ohio BWC Allows Deferral of Premium Reporting and Payment Requirements

Ohio BWC Allows Deferral of Premium Reporting and Payment Requirements
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Update Effective: March 21, 2020

As announced by Governor DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Husted on March 21, Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) is allowing employers to defer BWC premium payments for the months of March and April 2020, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

If Justworks reports and remits premiums on your company’s behalf under a PEO Reporting Lease and you would like to defer premiums for these months, please reach out to our support team. If you choose to defer premiums and reporting of these months, deferred premiums will be charged on the first month that normal billing resumes.

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Published: Feb 14, 2020

(Cincinnati) Cincinnati Bans Salary History Inquiries

(Cincinnati) Cincinnati Bans Salary History Inquiries
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Update Effective: March 12, 2020

The City of Cincinnati will prohibit employers with 15 or more employees in the City from asking applicants about their salary histories during the application process and from relying on salary history information to determine the starting wage of a prospective employee.

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