Once again we’ve had a busy year in the areas of Human Resources and Employment Law. Here is a brief summary of some of the recent changes in both Ohio and Federal employment laws.
With all the talk of sexual harassment in the workplace over the last few months, many employers are concerned about harassment claims at their own business. Not only does workplace harassment have a significant negative impact on employees affected, but any lawsuits filed in response to harassing behavior can be costly – they cause morale issues in the workplace, take time and resources away from key personnel to respond to the lawsuit, and cost the employer in defense costs and possible adverse judgments. Taking a few key steps to prevent harassment from occurring in the first place, thus preventing harassment claims, is essential for every employer.
With the recent changes in federal and Ohio law, LGBT couples are now afforded the same right to marry previously only granted to the union of a man and woman. There is the fair expectation that some of these marriages will similarly end in divorce or dissolution. While many of the legal issues involved in the termination of an LGBT marriage are the same as those traditionally between a man and a woman, there are some important distinctions and issues that need to be addressed.