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2012

FROM DEFEATING SENATE BILL 5 TO DEFEATING THE RIGHT-TO-WORK MOVEMENT

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FROM DEFEATING SENATE BILL 5 TO DEFEATING THE RIGHT-TO-WORK MOVEMENT by  S. Randall Weltman, Esq. Remember Senate Bill 5, the itsy bitsy piece of legislation that consumed the OPBA for eleven months last year?  Remember Senate Bill 5's long formation process involving  additions, modifications and ultimately the final amendments that resulted in the final [...]

MOVING PAST THE PAST PRACTICE MISCONCEPTION

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MOVING PAST THE PAST PRACTICE MISCONCEPTION By S. Randall Weltman, Esq. Over the years I have noticed many misconceptions that OPBA members possess in the area of labor law.  Those misconceptions range from “the law provides us with guaranteed breaks” to “HIPPA prevents my employer from inquiring about my illness” to “we’ve always done [...]

PUBLIC RECORDS

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  PUBLIC RECORDS By:  Michael Hostler, Esquire     I submit to you that the greatest difference between employees in the public sector and the private sector employees is two words…PUBLIC RECORDS.   The Ohio Revised Code covers public records in ORC 149.43. Section (B) (1) provides: Upon request and subject to division (B)(8) [...]

PROTECT YOUR PROTECTIONS

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PROTECT YOUR PROTECTIONS By:  Michael John Hostler, OPBA Attorney     The Americans with Disability Act (“ADA”) demands that when an employer orders an employee to submit to a medical and/or psychological examination to establish the employee’s fitness-for-duty, the employer is responsible for the costs of the ordered examinations. Should the examiner’s report find [...]

THE “ZONE OF EMPLOYMENT” IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASES

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THE “ZONE OF EMPLOYMENT” IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASES:  WHERE DOES IT BEGIN AND END FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS?   SITUATION A:  You report to the department for your scheduled shift.  While walking across the parking lot into the department, you slip and fall on some ice in the parking lot and suffer a serious [...]

WHEN IS A DISPUTE A GRIEVANCE?

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WHEN IS A DISPUTE A GRIEVANCE?  WHEN IS A GRIEVANCE ARBITRABLE?   Max Rieker, Esq. OPBA Attorney                         As students, we all learned about the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.  Everyone remembers the subject matter of the first four rights:  religion, speech, press, and assembly.  The fifth [...]

Ohio Public Records Law

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Ohio Public Records Law – A Useful Tool of the Labor Union   Max Rieker, OPBA Attorney   Thomas Jefferson wrote that “Information is the currency of democracy.”  In the world of law enforcement labor organizations, information may, indeed, be currency.  Information may be the difference between a 1.5% pay raise and a 2.5% [...]

The SERB 2012 Report on Health Insurance Costs

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The SERB 2012 Report on Health Insurance Costs By:  Mark Volcheck, Esq.   The Research and Training Section of the State Employment Relations Board has released its annual report on the cost of health insurance in Ohio’s public sector.  The 2012 report analyzes health care surveys completed by over 1,100 public employers in the [...]

SERB on the Toledo Exceptions

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In re Urbana Firefighters:  The Latest from SERB on the Toledo Exceptions The recent attempt by labor’s foes to eliminate collective bargaining rights highlights the fact that law enforcement must defend itself on two fronts – the bargaining table and the Statehouse.  Following the defeat of Senate Bill 5, the State Employment Relations Board [...]

Letter to the OPBA – Appreciation – 2012

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December 6, 2011 Subject: Letter of Appreciation Dear Mr. Gallagher:   I would like to publicly thank our OPBA attorney Joe Hegedus for all of his hard work with our department over the past year.  Joe helped negotiate a fair contract with our city while we were under fiscal emergency.  Joe also represented one [...]