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BWC Program Aims To Reduce Small Employer Premiums

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Monday, June 4, 2018

BWC Program Aims To Reduce Small Employer Premiums

The Bureau of Workers' Compensation Monday announced a new option for small employers to lower their premiums and boost worker safety.

The Policy Activity Rebate program allows employers to earn credits for completing activities designed to improve workplace safety processes, the bureau said.

Employers will receive a 50% premium rebate, up to $2,000, if they earn 11 credits from 33 available activities during the policy year that starts July 1.

"Even small employers can save money and improve workplace safety by better understanding Ohio's workers' compensation system," BWC COO Kevin Abrams said in a statement. "PAR offers a flexible alternative for smaller employers to improve safety and become more engaged in their risk management programs."

The options include attending safety training, bringing an employee back to work on light or modified duty, and enrolling employees in the bureau's wellness program.

Public employers can start signing up for the program July 1.

Legislative Update - May 24

NAWBO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Prepared by: Rachel Winder

 

HB2                 CIVIL RIGHTS EMPLOYMENT LAW (SEITZ B) To modify Ohio civil rights laws related to employment.

Current Status:   5/9/2017 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED & REPORTED OUT, House

Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (Sixth Hearing)

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-2

 

HB5                 MICROBUSINESS STATUTORY DEFINITION (PELANDA D, GAVARONE T) To create a statutory definition of "microbusiness."

Current Status:   3/15/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-5

 

HB10               INTRASTATE EQUITY CROWDFUNDING (ARNDT S) To permit intrastate equity crowdfunding under certain circumstances.

Current Status:   4/18/2018 - REPORTED OUT, Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce, (Fifth Hearing)

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-10

 

HB11               INCORPORATING FEDERAL REVENUE CHANGES (SCHERER G) To expressly incorporate changes in the Internal Revenue Code since February 14, 2016, into Ohio law.

Current Status:   3/30/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 3/30/2017

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-11

 

HB27               WORKERS' COMPENSATION BUDGET (BRINKMAN T) To make changes to the Workers' Compensation Law, to make appropriations for the Bureau of Workers' Compensation for the biennium beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June

30, 2019, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of the Bureau's programs.

Current Status:   6/30/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 6/30/2017

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-27

 

HB28               INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION BUDGET (BRINKMAN T) To make appropriations for the Industrial Commission for the biennium beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of Commission programs.

Current Status:   6/28/2017 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 6/28/17

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-28

 

HB35               BANKING LAW (HUGHES J) To enact a new banking law for the State of Ohio.

Current Status:   3/8/2017 - House Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development, (Third Hearing)

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-35

 

HB49               OPERATING BUDGET (SMITH R) Creates FY 2018-2019 main operating budget.

Current Status:   8/22/2017 - Consideration of Governor's Veto

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-49

 

HB86               MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE (SMITH K, CRAIG H) To increase the state minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents per hour beginning January 1, 2019.

 

Current Status:   2/28/2017 - Referred to Committee House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-86

 

HB98               CAREER INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS (DUFFEY M, BOGGS K) Regarding the presentation of career information to students, the calculation of Ohio College Opportunity Grant awards, and career-technical educator licenses; to modify degree requirements for interim career-technical teachers; to provide an additional payment  to school districts with nuclear power plants in their territories that meet specified criteria; and to modify the earmarked appropriations for certain payments to school districts.

Current Status:   3/30/2018 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR; eff. 90 days

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-HB-98

 

HB108             INFORMED STUDENT DOCUMENT ACT  (HAGAN C, MCCOLLEY R) To require one-half unit of financial   literacy in the high school curriculum, to require the Chancellor of Higher Education to prepare an informed student document for each institution of higher education, to require the State Board of Education to include information on the informed student document in the standards and model curricula it creates for financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and to entitle the act the "Informed Student Document Act."

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - REPORTED OUT, House Education and Career Readiness, (Sixth Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-108

 

HB113             PRIVATE EMPLOYEES-MEMBER DUES (BRINKMAN T) To prohibit any requirement that employees of private employers join or pay dues to any employee organization and to establish civil and criminal penalties against employers who violate that prohibition.

Current Status:   3/14/2017 - Referred to Committee House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-113

 

HB123             MODIFY LOAN LAWS (KOEHLER K, ASHFORD M) To modify the Short-Term Loan Act, to specify a minimum duration requirement for loans made under the Small Loan Law and Mortgage Loan Law, and to limit the authority of credit services organizations to broker extensions of credit for buyers.

Current Status:   5/16/2018 - Bills for Third Consideration

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-123

 

HB133             DISASTER RELIEF ACT (RYAN S) To create the Disaster Relief Act to exempt out-of-state disaster businesses and qualifying out-of-state employees from certain taxes and laws with respect to disaster work on critical infrastructure performed in this state during a declared disaster.

Current Status:   5/16/2018 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 31-0

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-133

 

HB138             PAY DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS (SMITH K, BOYD J) To require the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to establish a system for individuals to make anonymous complaints regarding employers discriminating in the payment of wages.

Current Status:   3/29/2017 - Referred to Committee House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-138

 

HB155             VEHICLE TRAINING TAX CREDIT (SPRAGUE R, HOWSE S) To authorize a tax credit for expenses incurred by an employer to train a commercial vehicle operator.

Current Status:   5/15/2018 - BILL AMENDED, House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-155

 

HB158             UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION-MILITARY TRANSFERS (PERALES R, CRAIG H) To permit persons

who quit work to accompany the person's spouse on a military transfer to be eligible for unemployment compensation benefits.

Current Status:   3/20/2018 - Senate Finance, (Second Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-158

 

HB160             OHIO FAIRNESS ACT (ANTONIO N) To enact the Ohio Fairness Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, to add mediation to the list of informal methods by which the Ohio Civil Rights Commission may use to induce compliance with Ohio's Civil Rights Law before instituting a formal hearing, and to uphold existing religious exemptions under Ohio's Civil Rights Law.

Current Status:   1/31/2018 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Second Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-160

 

HB173             IN-HOME EMPLOYEES TAX CREDIT (LATOURETTE S, PATTON T) To provide that compensation paid to certain home-based employees may be counted for purposes of an employer qualifying for and complying with the terms of a Job Creation Tax Credit.

Current Status:   5/9/2017 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-173

 

HB180             EQUAL PAY ACT (CLYDE K, HOWSE S) To require a contractor or person submitting a bid or other proposal for a state contract or a business entity applying for a grant or other economic incentive from a state agency to obtain an equal pay certificate, to require state agencies and political subdivisions to establish a job evaluation system to identify and eliminate sex-based wage disparities among classes of employees, and to prohibit an employer from retaliating against an employee who discusses the employee's salary or wage rate with another employee.

Current Status:   5/1/2017 - Referred to Committee House Government Accountability and Oversight

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-180

 

HB187             EMPLOYEE HIRING INFORMATION (DEVER J) To regulate the collection, use, and retention of certain information obtained from an applicant during the employee selection process.

Current Status:   9/20/2017 - House Community and Family Advancement, (Third Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-187

 

HB193             DISCRIMINATION PROTECTION-FLU VACCINE (HAGAN C) To prohibit an employer from taking an adverse employment action against a person who has not been or will not be vaccinated against influenza.

Current Status:   2/28/2018 - House Health , (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-193

 

HB236             MODEL ELEVATOR LAW (PATTON T, CUPP B) To enact the Model Elevator Law.

Current Status:   4/10/2018 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED, House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (Second Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-236

 

HB268             WORKERS COMPENSATION-SELF-INSURERS (HENNE M) To make changes to the Workers' Compensation Law with respect to self-insuring employers.

Current Status:   12/13/2017 - House Insurance, (Third Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-268

 

HB271             ACCESSIBILITY LAW VIOLATION NOTICE (MCCOLLEY R, REZABEK J) To authorize an alleged aggrieved party to provide a notice of an alleged accessibility law violation in advance of filing a civil action and to establish the circumstances under which an alleged aggrieved party is entitled to attorney's fees in a civil action based on the violation.

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - Senate Judiciary, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-271

 

HB292             STATE OF RESIDENCE TEST (SCHERER G) To modify the test for determining an individual's state of residence for income tax purposes.

Current Status:   5/23/2018 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 31-0, Emergency Clause Passed 31-0

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-292

 

HB303             SERVICE ANIMAL USE (LIPPS S, KELLY B) To prohibit places of public accommodation from preventing the use of a service animal.

Current Status:   10/10/2017 - House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-303

 

HB320             LONG-RANGE FINANCIAL OUTLOOK COUNCIL (HAGAN C, ROEGNER K) To create the Long-range

Financial Outlook Council for the purpose of informing the public and the General Assembly about the financial status of the state by studying financial and other conditions and issuing an annual long-range financial outlook report.

Current Status:   11/28/2017 - House Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development, (Second Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-320

 

HB334             PASS-THROUGH BUSINESS INCOME (SCHERER G) To provide that wages and guaranteed payments paid by a professional employer organization to the owner of a pass-through entity that has contracted with the organization may be considered business income.

Current Status:   11/15/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-334

 

HB380             WORKERS COMP-ILLEGAL ALIENS (SEITZ B, HOUSEHOLDER L) To prohibit illegal and unauthorized aliens from receiving compensation and certain benefits under Ohio's Workers' Compensation Law.

Current Status:   3/13/2018 - Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-380

 

HB382             UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION LAW (SCHURING K) To modify terms describing payments made under the Unemployment Compensation Law, to increase the amount of wages subject to unemployment compensation premiums, to require qualifying employees to make payments to the Unemployment Compensation Insurance Fund, to allow the Director of Job and Family Services to adjust maximum weekly benefit amounts, to reduce the maximum number of benefit weeks, and to make other changes to the Unemployment Compensation Law.

Current Status:   3/21/2018 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Twentieth Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-382

 

HB385             WAGE DISPARITY PROHIBITIONS (WEST T) To prohibit a state agency from preventing an employee from discussing the employee's own wages or another employee's wages, to prohibit a state agency from seeking a prospective employee's wage or salary history, to prohibit retaliation against an employee who discusses wages or opposes a prohibited act or practice, and to create the Wage Disparity Study Committee.

Current Status:   12/5/2017 - House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)

 

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-385

 

HB403             GENDER PAY DISPARITY TASK FORCE (HOWSE S, KELLY B) To create the Gender Pay Disparity Task Force.

Current Status:   11/28/2017 - Referred to Committee House Government Accountability and Oversight

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-403

 

HB441             TAX RETURN-PREPAID CARD (LANESE L, DEVER J) To allow the Department of Taxation to provide taxpayers who file electronic returns the option of receiving their income tax refund in the form of a prepaid card.

Current Status:   4/10/2018 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-441

 

HB444             SEASONAL FOOD SERVICE LICENSE FEE (SWEENEY M) To require a seasonal food service operation license fee to be one-half of the license fee for a food service operation that is not a seasonal food service operation.

Current Status:   1/23/2018 - House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-444

 

HB459             WORKERS COMP-SELF-INSURING EMPLOYERS (HENNE M) To allow groups of employers to be granted status as a self-insuring employer for purposes of the Workers' Compensation Law.

Current Status:   5/23/2018 - House Insurance, (Third Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-459

 

HB492             WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS PROCUREMENT (GONZALES A) To establish the women-owned business enterprise program requiring state agencies to establish women-owned business procurement goals.

Current Status:   5/24/2018 - House State and Local Government, (Third Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-492

 

HB493             MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS RECIPROCAL AGREEMENTS (GONZALES A) To authorize the Director of

Administrative Services to enter into reciprocal agreements with other states with respect to the certification of minority business enterprises and EDGE business enterprises.

Current Status:   2/27/2018 - House State and Local Government, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-493

 

HB504             INTERIOR DESIGNERS (PELANDA D) Regarding interior designers.

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - SUBSTITUTE BILL ACCEPTED & REPORTED OUT, House

Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (Third Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-504

 

HB542             BUSINESS EARNINGS AND DEDUCTIONS (KELLY B) To require an employer to provide earnings and deductions statements to each of the employer's employees.

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-542

 

HB545             SALES TAX AFTER PURCHASE (ARNDT S) To authorize small retailers to remit sales taxes when the retailer receives payment from the purchaser if the payment is received after the purchased item is delivered or the service is provided.

 

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - House Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-545

 

HB550             PAID PARENTAL LEAVE (BOYD J, BOGGS K) To establish family and medical leave insurance benefits to provide paid leave to allow an individual to address the individual's own serious health condition, to care for a family member, or to bond with a new child and to exempt those benefits from personal income tax.

Current Status:   3/20/2018 - Referred to Committee House Community and Family Advancement

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-550

 

HB554             PUBLIC DESIGN CONTRACTS-INDEMNITY (SEITZ B) To regulate the use of indemnity provisions in professional design contracts related to public improvements.

Current Status:   5/23/2018 - House Civil Justice, (Third Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-554

 

HB569             SALES TAX-BUSINESS ELECTRONIC SERVICES (LIPPS S, REINEKE W) To modify the standard for

determining when the sales and use tax applies to business-related electronic services that are provided together with other services.

Current Status:   4/10/2018 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-569

 

HB576             MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE (KELLY B) To increase the state minimum wage.

Current Status:   4/10/2018 - Referred to Committee House Government Accountability and Oversight

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-576

 

HB600             OHIO GLOBAL INITIATIVE (BARNES, JR. J) To establish the "Access to Global Market Opportunities for Ohio Manufactured Products Program" to be composed of the "Ohio Global Leadership Initiative" and the "Global Initiative on International Relations" to create new, untapped global markets for Ohio businesses and thereby promote job creation, and to make an appropriation.

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-600

 

HB605             OVERTIME LAW EXEMPTION (KELLY B, SMITH K) To raise the salary threshold above which certain employees are exempt from the overtime law.

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-605

 

HB620             REGULATION REDUCTION (ROEGNER K, RIEDEL C) To require agencies to reduce the number of regulatory restrictions.

Current Status:   5/15/2018 - Referred to Committee House Government Accountability and Oversight

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-620

 

HB670             MUNICIPAL TAX WITHHOLDING (BARNES, JR. J) To enact the "Simplified Alternative Withholding Tax Compliance Act" authorizing an employer to enter into an agreement with a municipal tax administrator to prescribe, subject to certain parameters, the portion of nonresident employee wages that will be subject to the municipal corporation's income tax.

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - Introduced

 

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HB-670

 

HCR23             ENCOURAGE DIVERSE MANAGEMENT (PELANDA D) To encourage equitable and diverse gender representation on the boards and in senior management of Ohio companies and institutions.

Current Status:   2/20/2018 - Referred to Committee House Government Accountability and Oversight

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- HCR-23

 

SB35               TAX CREDIT RESTRICTION REMOVAL (SKINDELL M) To remove the income restriction on the earned income tax credit and to make the credit refundable beginning in 2017.

Current Status:   3/22/2017 - Senate Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-SB-35

 

SB38               RAISE MINIMUM WAGE (YUKO K) To raise the minimum wage; to eliminate the prohibition against political subdivisions establishing a different minimum wage; to raise the salary threshold above which certain employees are exempt from the overtime law; and to create a uniform standard to determine whether an individual performing services for an employer is an employee of that employer.

Current Status:   2/7/2017 - Introduced

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-SB-38

 

SB101             FOOD ESTABLISHMENT EMPLOYMENT REGULATIONS (SKINDELL M) To regulate certain employment practices of formula retail establishment employers, food services establishment employers, and contractors and to require the purchaser of a formula retail establishment or food services establishment to retain certain employees of the establishment on transfer of ownership.

Current Status:   12/13/2017 - Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-101

 

SB114             CDL TRAINING TAX CREDIT (HITE C) To authorize a tax credit for expenses incurred by an employer to train a commercial vehicle operator.

Current Status:   5/3/2017 - Senate Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-114

 

SB116             MILITARY SPOUSE UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION (LAROSE F, WILLIAMS S) To permit persons who

quit work to accompany the person's spouse on a military transfer to be eligible for unemployment compensation benefits.

Current Status:   5/23/2018 - House Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-116

 

SB131             EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION-TAX CREDITS (DOLAN M) To provide that compensation paid to certain home-based employees may be counted for purposes of an employer qualifying for and complying with the terms of a Job Creation Tax Credit.

Current Status:   6/6/2017 - Referred to Committee House Ways and Means

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-131

 

SB132             TAX CREDIT-FOREIGN TRADE (DOLAN M, EKLUND J) To establish a five-year pilot program whereby  taxpayers with facilities in this state with activated foreign trade zone status may claim a nonrefundable commercial activity tax credit equal to the amount redeployed by the taxpayer to job creation and renewable energy resources.

Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means

 

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-132

 

SB140             PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP GRANTS (SCHIAVONI J) To create the Public-Private Partnership Grant Program for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 to develop, enhance, and promote educational programs to address regional workforce needs; to create the Sector Partnership Grant Program for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 to identify and provide grants to industry partnerships; to support programs that improve access to workforce training opportunities for students; to support economic development and revitalization programs; and to make an appropriation.

Current Status:   5/3/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Finance

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-140

 

SB147             OHIO RURAL JOBS ACT (HITE C) To enact the "Ohio Rural Jobs Act" which authorizes a nonrefundable tax credit for insurance companies that invest in rural business growth funds, which are certified to provide capital to rural and agricultural businesses.

Current Status:   9/27/2017 - Senate Ways and Means, (Second Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-147

 

SB174             WAGE PROTECTIONS-FAIR ACT (TAVARES C) To enact the "Fair and Acceptable Income Required (FAIR) Act" and to revise the enforcement of the prohibitions against discrimination in the payment of wages.

Current Status:   9/7/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-174

 

SB176             MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX RESTRICTIONS (JORDAN K) To prohibit municipal corporations from levying an income tax on nonresidents' compensation for personal services or on net profits from a sole proprietorship owned by a nonresident.

Current Status:   9/7/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Ways and Means

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-176

 

SB179             AUTOMATIC LLC DISSOLUTION, ALERTS (LAROSE F, HACKETT R) To automatically dissolve a limited liability company under certain circumstances and to authorize the Secretary of State to implement an electronic notification system to alert a person if a business name containing a specific word has been registered.

Current Status:   4/18/2018 - Senate Government Oversight and Reform, (Third Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-179

 

SB182             OUTDOOR DINING-DOGS (COLEY W) To generally allow an owner, keeper, or harborer of a dog to take the dog in an outdoor dining area of a retail food establishment or food service operation.

Current Status:   5/22/2018 - REPORTED OUT, Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid, (Fifth Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-182

 

SB183             BUSINESS COURTS STUDY COMMITTEE (LAROSE F) To create the Joint Committee to Study Ohio Business Courts.

Current Status:   10/24/2017 - Senate Judiciary, (Second Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-183

 

SB186             BUSINESS INCOME CLASSIFICATION (PETERSON B) To provide that wages and guaranteed payments paid by a professional employer organization to the owner of a pass-through entity that has contracted with the organization may be considered business income.

Current Status:   11/28/2017 - House Ways and Means, (First Hearing)

 

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-186

 

SB187             DELINQUENT MUNICIPAL INCOME TAXES (EKLUND J, WILSON S) To allow municipal corporations to charge delinquent taxpayers the costs of collecting municipal income taxes regardless of whether the costs are incurred before or after a judgment is entered against the taxpayer.

Current Status:   11/7/2017 - Senate Finance, (First Hearing)

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-187

 

SB203             MUNICIPAL TAX RULE REINSTATEMENT (DOLAN M) To reinstate the municipal income tax "throw-back rule" used in apportioning business income among municipalities.

Current Status:   11/15/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Finance

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-203

 

SB220             SAFE HARBOR-CYBERSECURITY PROGRAMS (HACKETT R, BACON K) To provide a legal safe harbor to covered entities that implement a specified cybersecurity program.

Current Status:   5/16/2018 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 24-8

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-220

 

SB227             INSURANCE CLAIM INFORMATION RELEASE (HUFFMAN M) To require health plan issuers to release certain claim information to group plan policyholders.

Current Status:   5/23/2018 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 30-0

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-227

 

SB261             PAID FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE (TAVARES C) To establish family and medical leave insurance benefits to provide paid leave to allow an individual to address the individual's own serious health condition, to care for a family member, or to bond with a new child and to exempt those benefits from personal income tax.

Current Status:   3/21/2018 - Referred to Committee Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-261

 

SB277             STATE MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE (THOMAS C, SCHIAVONI J) To increase the state minimum wage.

Current Status:   4/11/2018 - Referred to Committee Senate Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-277

 

SB300             SMART CONTRACT TERMS-BLOCKCHAIN DEFINITION (DOLAN M) To amend the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act to define records and contracts secured by blockchain technology as electronic records and to allow the use of smart contract terms.

Current Status:   5/23/2018 - Referred to Committee Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions

State Bill Page:  https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132- SB-300

 

SR60               DAY DESIGNATION-INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY (TAVARES C) Designating International Women's Day in Ohio, March 8, 2017.

Current Status:   3/15/2017 - Referred to Committee Senate Government Oversight and Reform

State Bill Page:   https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation- summary?id=GA132-SR-60

 

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NAWBO March Legislative Update

Report created on March 20, 2018

Bills with activity in March:

 

HB98

CAREER INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS (DUFFEY M, BOGGS K) Regarding the presentation of career information to students.

 

Current Status:   

3/7/2018 - REPORTED OUT AS AMENDED, Senate Education, (Fourth Hearing)

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-98

 

HB380

WORKERS COMP-ILLEGAL ALIENS (SEITZ B, HOUSEHOLDER L) To prohibit illegal and unauthorized aliens from receiving compensation and certain benefits under Ohio's Workers' Compensation Law.

 

Current Status:   

3/13/2018 - Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions, (First Hearing)

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-380

 

HB382

UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION LAW (SCHURING K) To modify terms describing payments made under the Unemployment Compensation Law, to increase the amount of wages subject to unemployment compensation premiums, to require qualifying employees to make payments to the Unemployment Compensation Insurance Fund, to allow the Director of Job and Family Services to adjust maximum weekly benefit amounts, to reduce the maximum number of benefit weeks, and to make other changes to the Unemployment Compensation Law.

 

Current Status:   

3/21/2018 - House Government Accountability and Oversight, (Twentieth Hearing)

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-382

 

HB542

BUSINESS EARNINGS AND DEDUCTIONS (KELLY B) To require an employer to provide earnings and deductions statements to each of the employer's employees.

 

Current Status:   

3/13/2018 - Referred to Committee House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-542

 

HB545

SALES TAX AFTER PURCHASE (ARNDT S) To authorize small retailers to remit sales taxes when the retailer receives payment from the purchaser if the payment is received after the purchased item is delivered or the service is provided.

 

Current Status:   

3/13/2018 - Introduced

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-545

  

HB550

PAID PARENTAL LEAVE (BOYD J, BOGGS K) To establish family and medical leave insurance benefits to provide paid leave to allow an individual to address the individual's own serious health condition, to care for a family member, or to bond with a new child and to exempt those benefits from personal income tax.

 

Current Status:   

3/13/2018 - Introduced

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-550

 

HB554

PUBLIC DESIGN CONTRACTS-INDEMNITY (SEITZ B) To regulate the use of indemnity provisions in professional design contracts related to public improvements.

 

Current Status:   

3/15/2018 - Introduced

 

State Bill Page:   

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-554

 

 

Week in Review

ABORTION

The state law prohibiting abortion for women seeking the procedure because of a Down syndrome diagnosis is "unconstitutional on its face," U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black wrote in his order blocking implementation of HB214 (LaTourette-Merrin) on Wednesday. "Federal law is crystal clear: 'a state may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability,'" Black wrote, citing U.S. Supreme Court rulings in Planned Parenthood v. Casey and Roe v. Wade.

ADDICTION/SUBSTANCE ABUSE

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce unveiled an opioid tool kit Wednesday in conjunction with the Ohio Attorney General's Office that seeks to educate employers and employees on a drug-free workplace.

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Attorney General Mike DeWine released the 2018 edition of Ohio Sunshine Laws: An Open Government Resource Manual on Monday, coinciding with the beginning of National Sunshine Week. The Sunshine Laws Manual summarizes Revised Code provisions and case law regarding the Ohio Public Records Act and Open Meetings Act. The 2018 edition, also referred to as the "Yellow Book," includes updates on recent open government legal decisions and law changes. The electronic edition, accessible at http://tinyurl.com/ydaukh5o , includes clickable bookmarks that allow readers to quickly jump to their topic of interest as well as hyperlinked court cases to allow readers to quickly access court decisions.

BUSINESS/CORPORATE

Secretary of State Jon Husted Thursday said 9,634 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in February, down from the 10,204 entities formed during the same month in 2017.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

During a Statehouse event on Monday, Gov. John Kasich said PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) and Daelim Industrial Company, two of Asia's largest petrochemical companies, are on the verge of inking a deal to invest between $5 billion and $10 billion to build and operate "one of the most significant projects in the history of Ohio" -- an ethane cracker complex in Belmont County -- comparing it to when the state became home to the Honda Marysville auto plant in 1982.

ECONOMY

Democratic leaders in the Ohio House and Senate said the state should "invest" in its workers by raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour in 2019 and using $0.50/hour annual increases to bring it to $15 by 2025. The minimum wage would continue to be adjusted for inflation after 2025 as well.

EMPLOYMENT/UNEMPLOYMENT

Ohio's unemployment rate fell from a revised 4.9 percent in December to 4.7 percent in January, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). The state's non-agricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,100 over the month from a revised 5,534,300 in December 2017 to 5,546,400 in January 2018, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in cooperation with ODJFS.

Also released on Friday were the national unemployment figures for February which showed total non-farm payroll employment increased by 313,000, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent for the fifth consecutive month, BLS said. Employment rose in construction, retail trade, professional and business services, manufacturing, financial activities and mining.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Auditor of State Dave Yost Wednesday joined House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) and other Republican legislators as they announced pending legislation to obtain additional information about the pricing practices of the state's pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) in order to understand why small pharmacies are being forced to close due to lowered reimbursements but the state's Medicaid program is faced with a more than 20 percent increase in its pharmacy program costs in the last two years. There are three PBMs operating in Ohio: Express Scripts, CVS Caremark and Optum, which is owned by UnitedHealthCare. The other four managed care organizations contract with CVS Caremark for their pharmacy needs, thus giving that PBM control of a large portion of the Medicaid pharmacy business.

A new study from the liberal think tank Urban Institute measuring the effects of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on poverty indicated that the U.S. Census Bureau has drastically underreported benefits received by families nationwide, and when data were modified to fit the real amount of benefits distributed, SNAP reduced poverty by 17 percent.

Gov. John Kasich Thursday signed Executive Order 2018-02K to reauthorize the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council for the third time of his administration. The council promotes independent living, including self-help, self-determination and equal access for individuals with disabilities. The council was created in 2000 by former Gov. Bob Taft. Kasich reauthorized it in 2012 and 2015.

HOUSING/HOMELESSNESS

Two reports from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) examining housing affordability in Ohio found that while the Buckeye State's rental properties were cheap relative to the rest of the nation, the poorest tenants were still struggling to find places to live. According to the group's studies "The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Renting Homes," released in March 2018, and "Out of Reach 2017," Ohio had the ninth-lowest housing wage in the nation, but there were only 42 housing units that are both affordable and available per 100 extremely-low income (ELI) households.

MARIJUANA

Cannabis companies do not need -- and would likely be harmed by -- the creation of a closed-loop payment processing system for the Medical Marijuana Control Program, industry representatives said Tuesday. "This bill has already created confusion and delay for banks contemplating providing treasury management services for the marijuana industry," Grow Ohio Pharmaceuticals Principal Mel Kurtz told the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee during testimony on HB495 (Seitz).

MEDICAID/MEDICAID REFORM

Medicaid Director Barbara Sears said Thursday that Ohio will start requiring managed care organizations (MCOs) to report details of pharmacy reimbursements later this year and pledged her agency's cooperation with efforts by Auditor Dave Yost to get similar data, as lawmakers raise concerns about the pricing practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). But Sears argued against moving pharmacy benefits back under direct state control, citing increased costs and diminished care coordination abilities.

PAYDAY LENDING

Attorney General Mike DeWine Friday rejected a petition for a proposed ballot issue that would amend the Ohio Constitution to regulate short-term, payday loans. Payday lending opponents submitted the petition with 2,000 signatures last month, noting a lack of action on HB123 (Koehler-Ashford), which contains similar provisions to the constitutional amendment. The constitutional amendment would cap loan interest rates at 28 percent, set a monthly lending fee cap of $20 and extend the time period borrowers can pay back the loans from two weeks to 180 days, among other provisions.

TAXATION

A Senate bill that would make a three-day sales tax holiday during each August permanent left the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday with an amendment allowing educational service centers (ESC) to put a levy on the ballot for safety and general health. The amendment to SB226 (Bacon) had been previewed during Tuesday's meeting by Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton), who said that it would apply to any district that is a member of a particular ESC.

WORKERS' COMPENSATION

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) recognized four Ohio employers with Safety Innovation Awards at the Ohio Safety Congress and Expo for projects addressing safety concerns in the workplace. They included Navistar, Springfield; MPW Industrial Services, Hebron; Terracon Consultants Inc., Cincinnati; and Ramco Electric Motors Inc., Greenville.

Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), providing sponsor testimony Tuesday on HB380 for himself and co-sponsor Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford), came in for a barrage of questions from members of the Senate.

Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee. The bill, which Seitz said he has been working on since 2009, is based on the premise that the state's workers' comp system should not pay benefits to undocumented immigrants who have been hurt on the job.

The Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors reviewed results Thursday from the 88th Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, which drew 8,100 participants in another record-breaking year -- 700 more than in 2017.

Submitted by: 

Rachel G. Winder, Government Relations Manager

Benesch Law