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OH - Ohio Workplace Law News

Workers’ Comp Bureau Must Refund Millions to Overcharged Employers
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation developed and maintained a grossly inequitable premium rating system that overcharged approximately 300,000 Ohio companies—mostly small business owners—for more than 15 years, an Ohio court ruled. 

Other Recent State Law Developments

CA - California Workplace Law News
San Diego Approves Minimum Wage Hike and Paid Sick Leave Mandate
The San Diego City Council approved an ordinance raising the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hour by 2017. The ordinance also requires employers to grant up to five days of paid sick leave per year beginning in 2015.

ID - Idaho Workplace Law News
Nurse Discharged for Facebook Post Properly Denied Unemployment
A nurse who was discharged for posting a Facebook entry that violated his employer’s social media policy had engaged in employment-related misconduct and was not eligible for unemployment benefits, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled.

IL - Illinois Workplace Law News
Illinois Passes Ban-the-Box Legislation
A new Illinois law prohibits employers from inquiring into a prospective employee’s criminal background on its application or during the early stages of application review.

NM - New Mexico Workplace Law News
Employer Must Reimburse Injured Worker for Medical Marijuana
Under the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Act, an employer and its workers’ compensation insurer must reimburse an injured worker for costs associated with the purchase of medical marijuana, the New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled.  

UT - Utah Workplace Law News
Worker Fired for Refusing Polygraph Entitled to Damages
An employer that dismissed an employee after she refused to take a lie-detector examination violated federal law and is liable for damages, a federal district court ruled.

SHRM Reports on State Legislation
For the most recent information on the status of an HR issue SHRM is monitoring in state legislatures, see the SHRM Government Public Policy State Affairs under the "Public Policy" tab.

States by U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal
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