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Ohio: Employers Have Exclusive Authority to Establish Certain Workplace Policies

Law Effective March 21, 2017

A new law in Ohio, effective March 21, 2017, clarifies that certain employment matters are exclusively the result of an employer's policy or certain agreements between the employer and its employees.

Employers' Rights
Except as otherwise expressly provided in state or federal law, the following matters are exclusively the result of an employer's policy, an agreement between an employer and the employer's employees, a contract between an employer and the employer's employees, or a collective bargaining agreement between an employer and the employer's employees:

  • The number of hours an employee is required to work (or be on call for work);
  • The time when an employee is required to work (or be on call for work);
  • The location where an employee is required to work;
  • The amount of notification an employee receives of work schedule assignments or changes to work schedule assignments (including any addition or reduction of hours, cancellation of a shift, or change in the date or time of a work shift);
  • Minimizing fluctuations in the number of hours an employee is scheduled to work on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis;
  • Additional payment for reporting time when work is or becomes unavailable, for being on call for work, or for working a split shift;
  • Whether an employer will provide advance notice of an employee's initial work or shift schedule, notice of new schedules, or notice of changed schedules (including whether an employer will provide employees with predictive schedules);
  • Whether an employer will provide additional hours of work to employees the employer currently employs before employing additional workers; and
  • Whether an employer will provide employees with fringe benefits (and the type and amount of those benefits).

Note: The law does not require an employer to adopt a policy concerning any of the matters described above.

Click here (section: 4113.85) to read the text of the law.


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