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OCTC Hosts Webinar to Discuss Ohio's Changing COVID Protocols

Last week, OCTC hosted a webinar featuring the the recent changes in Ohio's public health orders and the news that all health orders in the state will be lifted on June 2. Mike Underwood, from OCTC legal counsel Porter Wright discussed the recent developments and answered questions from the attendees.

In summary, companies learned that while the state of Ohio's policies have changed, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the entity that actual regulates the workplace. It is expected that OSHA will follow the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC's) updated guidance regarding vaccination and its impacts to social distancing and masking requirements in enforcing workplace safety protocols.

Mr. Underwood also clarified that companies may ask if employees are vaccinated, may require proof of vaccination and may require vaccination as a condition of employment with a few exceptions. There was discussion about workplace policies under this new guidance as well as employee relations and labor agreement considerations. 

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