Robison, Curphey & O'Connell Feedhttps://www.rcolaw.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10en-us03 Jul 2020firmwisehttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssOhio Supreme Court Amends Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure Impacting Litigationhttps://www.rcolaw.com/?t=40&an=109737&format=xml01 Jul 2020News<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;&#10;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The Ohio Supreme Court recently amended the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure that will have an impact on your litigation practices and procedures in several important ways. The following changes are effective July 1, 2020:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;&#10;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo1"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;&#10;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">&middot;<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Plaintiffs can request defendants to waive service of summons:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:&#10;auto;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l2 level2 lfo1"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;">o<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Rule 4.7 now provides the defendant with a duty to avoid unnecessary costs of serving a summons. Plaintiff can notify the defendant a lawsuit was commenced and request that defendant waive service of summons. Defendants must return the waiver of service within 28 days. If a defendant fails to waive service, the court can require the defendant to pay reasonable expenses, including the cost of service and attorney fees. If a defendant waives service, they have 60 days to answer a complaint.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:&#10;auto;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l2 level2 lfo1"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;">o<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The waiver of service of summons provision only applies to suit filed in Common Pleas Courts.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:auto;&#10;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l2 level2 lfo1"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;">o<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Waiving service of summons does not act to waive objections to jurisdiction or venue.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;&#10;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">&middot;<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Pretrial procedures are changing to streamline litigation:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:&#10;auto;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level2 lfo2"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;">o<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Rule 16 now models the federal rule, while still allowing courts to decide to schedule a scheduling conference. Courts should attempt to abide by schedules agreed upon by the parties in a Civ.R. 26(F) scheduling conference.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:&#10;auto;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level2 lfo2"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;">o<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Scheduling conferences are not required but scheduling orders must be issued by the court. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:&#10;auto;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level2 lfo2"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;">o<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Scheduling orders should be issued within 90 days after any defendant has been served, not all defendants must be served before a court can enter a scheduling order.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:auto;&#10;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level2 lfo2"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;">o<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Represented parties must authorize an attorney to make stipulations and admissions to reasonable anticipated matters at a pre-trial conference. The court may require attendance to consider settlement. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo3"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;&#10;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">&middot;<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The general provisions governing discovery are changing in important ways:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:&#10;auto;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level2 lfo3"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;">o<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Rule 26 emphasizes the importance of proportionality of discovery requests and the responsibility of the parties and the court to consider proportionality of all discovery in discovery disputes. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:&#10;auto;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level2 lfo3"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;">o<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Parties must now make initial disclosures without waiting for discovery requests. The initial disclosures must be made no later than the first pre-trial, case management conference, or other date established by the court.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:&#10;auto;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level2 lfo3"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;">o<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The court should consider proportionality when determining whether electronically stored information that is not easily accessed should be produced upon good cause.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:&#10;auto;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level2 lfo3"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;">o<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Courts have the authority to modify the frequency and extent of discovery.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:&#10;auto;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level2 lfo3"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;">o<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Experts must provide a written report that produces all opinions and reasons for the opinions. But medical providers can testify based on medical records without creating a separate report. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:auto;&#10;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level2 lfo3"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;">o<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Parties must conduct a scheduling conference 21 days before a scheduling hearing date to consider: possibilities of settling, disclosures, preserving discoverable information, and developing discovery plan. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo3"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;&#10;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol">&middot;<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Magistrates can now conduct all civil trials:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:&#10;auto;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level2 lfo3"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;">o<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Ohio magistrates can conduct civil trials upon consent of all parties, entry of judgement must still be made by the trial court. Original trial judge cannot review magistrates ruling or a jury&rsquo;s findings. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-left:1.0in;mso-add-space:auto;&#10;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level2 lfo3"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Courier New&quot;">o<span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Objections cannot be made on the findings of a jury or motions by magistrate except on appeal. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Our Commitment to You<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">RCO Law will support you through these changes. 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The rebate begins phasing out&nbsp;when&nbsp;incomes exceed $75,000 (or $150,000 for joint filers).</li> <li>The bill establishes limits on requirements for employers to provide paid leave. <ul> <li>With respect to taxes, the bill: <ul> <li>establishes special rules for certain tax-favored withdrawals from retirement plans;</li> <li>delays due dates for employer payroll taxes;</li> <li>amends the federal income tax rule applicable to the use of net operating losses (&ldquo;NOLs&rdquo;) for C corporations;</li> <li>revises other provisions, including those&nbsp;related to&nbsp;losses, charitable deductions, and business interests.</li> </ul> </li> <li>With respect to health care, the bill: <ul> <li>provides additional funding for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19;</li> <li>limits liability for volunteer health care professionals;</li> <li>prioritizes Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review of certain drugs;</li> <li>allows emergency use of certain diagnostic tests that&nbsp;are not approved&nbsp;by the FDA;</li> <li>expands health-insurance coverage for diagnostic testing and requires coverage for preventative services and vaccines;</li> <li>revises other provisions, including those&nbsp;regarding the medical supply chain, the national stockpile, the health care workforce, the Healthy Start program, telehealth services, nutrition services, Medicare, and Medicaid.</li> </ul> </li> <li>With respect to education, the bill: <ul> <li>temporarily suspends payments for federal student loans; and&nbsp;</li> <li>otherwise revises provisions related to campus-based aid,&nbsp;supplemental educational-opportunity grants,&nbsp;federal work-study, subsidized loans, Pell Grants, and foreign institutions.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> <li>The bill also authorizes the Department of the Treasury&nbsp;to temporarily guarantee money-market funds.</li> </ul> <p><b><u>FEDERAL ADMINISTRATIVE MATERIALS AND LINKS</u></b></p> <p><b><i>Centers for Disease Control</i></b></p> <p><a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html" target="_blank">COVID-19 Health Related Information</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html" target="_blank">Resources for Businesses and Employers</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html" target="_blank">CDC Guidelines for Employers</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/disinfecting-building-facility.html" target="_blank">CDC Recommendations for Cleaning and Disinfecting Building Facilities</a></p> <p><b><i>Department of Labor</i></b></p> <p><a href="https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus" target="_blank">Coronavirus Resources</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic" target="_blank">COVID-19 and the American Workplace</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions" target="_blank">FFCRA Questions and Answers</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave" target="_blank">FFCRA Employee Paid Rights</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/pandemic" target="_blank">COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act - Questions and Answers</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fmla/pandemic" target="_blank">COVID-19 and the Family and Medical Leave Act - Questions and Answers</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf" target="_blank">OSHA&rsquo;s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf" target="_blank">FFCRA- Employee Rights Poster for Non-Federal Employees</a></p> <p><b><i>Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)</i></b></p> <p><a href="https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/wysk/wysk_ada_rehabilitaion_act_coronavirus.cfm" target="_blank">What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19</a></p> <p><b><i>Internal Revenue Service </i></b></p> <p><a href="https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-employee-retention-credit-under-the-cares-act" target="_blank">Employee Retention Credit Under the CARES Act</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-employee-retention-credit-available-for-many-businesses-financially-impacted-by-covid-19" target="_blank">Employee Retention Credit Available for Many Businesses Financially Impacted by COVID-19</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/covid-19-related-tax-credits-for-required-paid-leave-provided-by-small-and-midsize-businesses-faqs" target="_blank">COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Mid-Size Businesses FAQs</a></p> <p><b><i>Small Business Administration</i></b></p> <p><a href="https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance" target="_blank">Disaster Assistance</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-COVID-19" target="_blank">SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources" target="_blank">Coronavirus COVID-19: Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp" target="_blank">Paycheck Protection Program</a></p> <p><a href="https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Application-3-30-2020-v3.pdf" target="_blank">Paycheck Protection Program Borrower Application Form</a></p> <p><a href="https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP%20--%20Overview.pdf" target="_blank">Small Business Paycheck Protection Program Overview</a></p> <p><b><u>OHIO</u></b></p> <p><em><b>Responsible Restart Ohio</b></em></p> <p><a href="https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/responsible-restart-ohio/Sector-Specific-Operating-Requirements/" target="_blank">Sector Specific Operating Requirements for Business to Open (May 7)</a></p> <p><a href="https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/responsible-restart-ohio/Responsible-Protocols/" target="_blank">Responsible Protocols for Getting Ohio Back to Work (April 28)</a></p> <p><a href="https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/responsible-restart-ohio/Sector-Specific-Operating-Requirements/" target="_blank">Sector Specific Operating Requirements (April 28)</a></p> <p><a href="https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/responsible-restart-ohio/continued-business-closures/continued-business-closures" target="_blank">List of Continue Business Closures (April 27)</a></p> <p><b><i>Governor Mike DeWine&rsquo;s Executive Orders</i></b></p> <p>1- <a href="https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/executive-orders/executive-order-2020-01-d" target="_blank">Declaration of Emergency</a></p> <p>2- <a href="https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/executive-orders/" target="_blank">Emergency Amendment of Certain Ohio Administrative Code rules</a></p> <p>3- <a href="https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/executive-orders/executive-order-2020-03-d" target="_blank">Lifting Certain Unemployment Compensation rules</a></p> <p>4- <a href="https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/executive-orders/executive-order-2020-04d" target="_blank">Establishing a Temporary Child Care License</a></p> <p>5- <a href="https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/executive-orders/executive-order-2020-05d" target="_blank">Emergency Medicaid rules</a></p> <p>6- <a href="https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/executive-orders/executive-order-2020-06d" target="_blank">Rules Regarding the Ohio Board of Pharmacy</a></p> <p>7- <a href="https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/executive-orders/executive-order-2020-07d" target="_blank">Emergency Adoption of Rules Regarding the Department of Job and Family Services</a></p> <p><b><i>Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (Unemployment Information)</i></b>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm" target="_blank">Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits page</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/num/JFS00671/pdf/" target="_blank">Mass Layoff Instruction Sheet</a></p> <p><a href="http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/InstructionsForFilingWeeklyClaimsRelatedToCOVID-19.stm" target="_blank">Instructions for Filing Weekly Claims Related to COVID-19</a></p> <p><b><i>Ohio Department of Health Orders and Joint Orders</i></b></p> <p><a href="https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/publicorders/Directors-Stay-Safe-Ohio-Order.pdf" target="_blank">Director Stay Safe Ohio Order (April 30, 2020)</a></p> <p><a href="https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/publicorders/Directors-Stay-At-Home-Order-Amended-04-02-20.pdf" target="_blank">Amended Director's Stay at Home Order (April 2, 2020)</a></p> <p><a href="http://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/DirectorsOrderStayAtHome.pdf" target="_blank">Director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) - Stay at Home Order&nbsp;(March 22, 2020)</a></p> <p><b><u>MICHIGAN</u></b>&nbsp;</p> <p><b><i>Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity</i></b><b> <i>(Unemployment Information)</i></b></p> <p><a href="https://www.michigan.gov/leo/0,5863,7-336-78421_97241_98585---,00.html" target="_blank">Unemployment Benefits Resources for Employees</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.michigan.gov/leo/0,5863,7-336-78421_97241_98677---,00.html" target="_blank">Unemployment Benefits Resources for Employers</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus" target="_blank">COVID-19 Employer and Employee Resources</a></p>https://www.rcolaw.com?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10RCO Law Welcomes Summer Clerk Kate Murrayhttps://www.rcolaw.com/?t=40&an=109639&format=xml24 Jun 2020News<p><img src="https://www.rcolaw.com/7599B1/assets/images//Kate_Murray.jpg" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="327" /></p> <p>Kate Murray, a rising third-year law student at The University of Toledo College of Law, has joined RCO Law as a summer clerk. Kate will be working with Attorney Bill Beach and other attorneys on various legal assignments, research and writing.</p> <p>Kate has held two previous clerkships at the Lucas County Prosecutors Office. According to Kate, her career aspiration has focused on the law since middle school. &quot;I have always had a talent for winning arguments,&quot; she explained.</p> <p>Kate is a native of Hiram, OH, where she attended Crestwood High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science from Bowling Green State University.</p> <p>In her spare time, Kate is passionate about CrossFit.</p>https://www.rcolaw.com?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Arnold Joins Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas Countyhttps://www.rcolaw.com/?t=40&an=109545&format=xml18 Jun 2020News<p>Attorney David Arnold has been appointed by the Lucas County Commissioners to serve on the Mental Health &amp; Recovery Services Board of Lucas County. He was sworn in by Judge Jack Puffenberger at the Trustees Meeting on May 19, 2020. This Board has a 52-year history of providing mental health and recovery services to Lucas County residents. In 2018, it distributed 93% of its funding to 22 nonprofit organizations for preventative treatment and recovery services to meet the needs of the uninsured, underinsured, and indigent populations in Lucas County. Arnold&rsquo;s term will expire on June 30, 2022.</p>https://www.rcolaw.com?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Major Toledo Manufacturer Files Chapter 11https://www.rcolaw.com/?t=40&an=109269&format=xml05 Jun 2020News<p>On June 1, 2020, Libbey Inc., Libbey Glass Inc., and their domestic affiliates and subsidiaries filed a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy petition in Delaware. Having accumulated debt of $500 million and suffering a reported net loss of $69 million in 2019, the Toledo company is seeking to restructure its balance sheet. In addition to the significant debt, the impact of COVID-19 resulted in the halt of production with temporary and permanent lay-offs, leading to a substantial decline in revenue. The Chapter 11 will allow normal operation of the business to continue as debtors-in-possession. Libbey&rsquo;s foreign affiliates&mdash;including subsidiaries in Canada, Mexico, and China&mdash;did not file Chapter 11 petitions.</p> <p>With its First Day filings, Libbey is seeking authority to honor workforce obligations including employee wages, benefits, and reimbursement programs; insurance and bonding obligations; and customer incentive programs. Libbey also moved to authorize financial institutions to honor checks and requested permission to pay certain claims by shippers, lien claimants, and critical vendors. Libbey is asking for approval of the restructuring plan within 100 days, allowing deleveraging of the balance sheet, which it asserts will benefit all stakeholders.</p> <p>On June 2, 2020, Libbey Inc., was granted permission to utilize $30 million of its post-petition financing to give it time to negotiate restructuring of the debt. Creditors, including vendors and providers of services, who have an outstanding balance with Libbey should file a proof of claim with the Delaware Bankruptcy Court. Although a deadline for filing claims has not been set, there is no reason to delay filing a claim as the case may move quickly. The lawyers at RCO Law can assist in filing such claims.</p>https://www.rcolaw.com?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10New Law Provides Borrowers with Flexibility in Using PPP Fundshttps://www.rcolaw.com/?t=40&an=109265&format=xml05 Jun 2020News<p>On June 5, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act (the Flex Act) into law. The Flex Act provides PPP loan borrowers with more time and flexibility in using funds received as part of the Paycheck Protection Program.</p> <p>The Flex Act expands the period in which to use loan proceeds from eight to 24 weeks. Additionally, the amount of the loan that must be spent on payroll expenses has dropped from 75% to 60%. <br /> <br /> However, this expenditure requirement now affects loan forgiveness eligibility. Previously, a borrower&rsquo;s forgiveness amount was reduced if less than 75% of the funds received were used for payroll expenses. Under the Flex Act, loan forgiveness is eliminated, rather than reduced, if the 60% threshold is not met. Therefore, borrowers must now spend at least 60% of the PPP loan funds on payroll expenses or none of the loan will be forgiven.</p> <p>The Flex Act also modifies the terms of PPP loans. Borrowers who receive PPP loans after enactment of the Flex Act will have five years to repay the loan, instead of the previous two-year maturity, with an interest rate of 1%. For existing loans, lenders and borrowers may agree to modify terms to increase the maturity to five years. Additionally, the deferral on payments has been extended from six to 12 months.</p> <p>The&nbsp; Flex Act also provides changes to the requirements to restore the workforce.&nbsp; Borrowers now have until December 31, 2020, rather than June 30, 2020, to restore their workforce levels and wages as required for full forgiveness. The Flex Act also provides an exemption to the loan forgiveness penalty for reduction in full-time equivalent employees by allowing a borrower to document and certify in good faith:</p> <ol> <li>an inability to rehire individuals who were employees of the eligible recipient on February 15, 2020, and an inability to hire similarly qualified individuals by December 31, 2020;</li> <li>an inability to restore business operations to February 15, 2020, levels due to COVID-19 related operating restrictions.</li> </ol> <p>Finally, the Flex Act provides that PPP borrowers may take advantage of payroll tax deferrals provided under the CARES Act &ndash; something they were previously prohibited from doing.</p> <p>It is important to note that the Treasury Department will have to revise the previously published interim final rules on loan forgiveness based on the changes provided for in the Flex Act. Full details on loan forgiveness will not be available until the Treasury Department revises its rules. <br /> <br /> RCO Law will provide additional information on the new rules as soon as they are published.&nbsp; The&nbsp; Flex Act, however, provides loan recipients some breathing space in the meantime.</p> <p>Please contact the attorneys at RCO Law for advice regarding the Flex Act and PPP, or other matters specific to your business.</p>https://www.rcolaw.com?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10How to Reopen your Small Business During a Pandemichttps://www.rcolaw.com/?t=40&an=109266&format=xml03 Jun 2020News<p>Whether you own a small business in Ohio or Michigan, the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting Stay Home Orders have surely affected your business operations. Knowing whether and how to reopen may be just as challenging.&nbsp; An effective reopening will require smart planning, compassion, and thinking through your approach regarding the matters below.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Determine the Rules that Apply</b></p> <p>By now there are federal, state, and possibly local &ldquo;rules&rdquo; (e.g., statutes, regulations, guidelines, codes, or ordinances) that apply to your business&rsquo;s operations. Determine which of these rules apply to your business by asking questions:</p> <ul> <li>What has Governor Mike DeWine ordered or recommended for Ohio businesses? What has Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered or recommended for Michigan businesses?</li> <li>Are Stay Home Orders still in effect?&nbsp;</li> <li>Is your business subject to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), and if so, do your employees qualify for paid sick leave or expanded family medical leave under the Act?&nbsp;</li> <li>Did you receive Paycheck Protection Program funds, and are you obligated to retain employees in order to be eligible for that loan to be forgiven?&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Map out what you know and consult with legal counsel to confirm you have everything covered.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Take Care of Employees</b></p> <ul> <li>Evaluate your staff and decide who you need to come back now, according to business needs and the employees&rsquo; job functions.</li> <li>If your business has successfully shifted staff to working remotely, consider whether the business can continue to function with these employees working from home.</li> <li>Determine how you can operate safely &ndash; consider capacity, spacing and flow issues; arrange adequate cleaning processes; obtain masks for your employees; and develop a plan for handling a positive COVID-19 case.</li> <li>Create a plan for performing daily health symptom assessments and require employees to stay home if symptomatic.</li> <li>Talk to your employees!&nbsp; Your candid conversations with your employees will help demonstrate that you value them and are committed to being transparent about these challenges.&nbsp; With understanding, together you may arrive at great solutions.</li> </ul> <p><b>Take Care of Customers</b></p> <ul> <li>Continue to offer curbside pick-up or delivery where possible. Use remote meeting methods to limit exposure to employees and customers.</li> <li>Display clear expectations for customers regarding building capacity levels, mask use, and aisle flow that allows for social distancing.</li> <li>Train employees to be consistent and courteous with customers to re-enforce these new rules.</li> <li>Get creative with your services, menus, and goods offered. Meet customer needs and they will know your business is a safe refuge to which they can return.</li> </ul> <p>We know this is an unprecedented time, but with understanding and creativity, your business can not only survive but thrive during this transition of reopening.</p> <p>If you have questions, please contact RCO Law Labor &amp; Employment Attorney Amy Luck, 419-249-7900, or <a href="mailto:aluck@rcolaw.com">aluck@rcolaw.com</a>.</p>https://www.rcolaw.com?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10Beach and Luck to Address The Employers' Association Law Conference on May 22https://www.rcolaw.com/?t=40&an=108937&format=xml21 May 2020NewsLabor &amp; Employment Attorneys Bill Beach and Amy Luck will be presenters at the 2020 Employment Law Update, an online conference sponsored by The Employers' Association, Toledo, on Friday, May 22.<em><strong> </strong>RCO Law clients can register at a discounted &quot;members&quot; rate by calling The EA! at 419-893-3000.&nbsp;</em> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> The conference will address current issues including COVID-19; Benefits; Equal Pay; Workers' Compensation; OSHA Compliance; and a Marijuana Update.<br /> <br /> Bill is speaking on <em>&quot;Discipline: What Employers Really Need and Why&quot; </em>at 9:30 a.m. Amy is addressing &quot;<em>Social Media, Technology, and Personal Activities: Where</em><strong><em> </em></strong><em>Employers</em><strong><em> </em></strong><em>are at Risk&quot;&nbsp;</em>at 10 a.m.&nbsp;<em><br /> <br /> </em>This annual conference for employers was originally scheduled for March 20, but it was rescheduled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. To maintain health and safety guidelines, the conference will be a two-part online event on May 22 and May 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> To register, go to <a href="https://theea.org/events/2020-employment-law-conference-2/">The Employers' Association 2020 Employment Law Update</a>, or call The EA! to receive the RCO Law client discount, 419-893-3000.<br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" />https://www.rcolaw.com?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10RCO Law Honors Community Nurseshttps://www.rcolaw.com/?t=40&an=108780&format=xml08 May 2020News<p>Billboards can never fully express the depth of respect and appreciation that we have for our nurses and health care professionals. Thank a nurse - it is National Nurses Week, May 6 -12.</p> <p><img src="https://www.rcolaw.com/7599B1/assets/images//Billboard_May_4_Douglas_and_Monroe.jpg" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="327" /></p>https://www.rcolaw.com?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10SBA Provides Guidance on PPP Loan Certification and Extends Safe Harbor Deadline to May 14https://www.rcolaw.com/?t=40&an=108739&format=xml07 May 2020News<p>Borrowers applying for PPP loans must certify in good faith that their PPP loan is necessary. Specifically, they must certify that &ldquo;[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.&rdquo; The SBA has recently released guidance clarifying the required certification. The guidance states that when making this good faith certification all borrowers must take into account their current business activity and their ability to access other sources of liquidity sufficient to support their ongoing operations in a manner that is not significantly detrimental to the business. For example, it is unlikely a public company with substantial market value and access to capital markets would be able to make the required certification in good faith.&nbsp; Similarly, a company or nonprofit with a substantial unrestricted reserve should carefully evaluate whether they can make the certification. The question will be whether drawing on the reserve (or potential ability to access other sources of liquidity) would be significantly detrimental to their business &ndash; and if so, how they will support that decision if the SBA inquires.</p> <p>The SBA will review loans in the excess of $2 million, and other loans as appropriate, following the lender&rsquo;s submission of the borrower&rsquo;s loan forgiveness application. Borrowers should be prepared to demonstrate to SBA the basis for their certification.</p> <p>On May 6, the SBA released further guidance and extended the safe harbor deadline from May 7 to May 14, 2020.&nbsp; Any borrower that applied for a PPP loan prior to the issuance of this regulation that determines that the certification was in error in light of the new guidance, will be deemed by the SBA to have made the required certification in good faith if it repays the loan in full by the May 14 deadline.</p> <p>As always, the business lawyers at RCO Law stand ready to counsel you on COVID 19-related business issues.</p>https://www.rcolaw.com?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=10