Posted by Sara C. Clark on 12/7/2018

Did you know that OSBA’s division of legal services provides many resources to school board members in the area of employment law?

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 11/15/2018

On Tuesday, the Ohio Ethics Commission announced that it has made more than 400 informal advisory opinions, issued between 1988 and 2013, available on its web site. 

The Commission issues three kinds of advisory opinions: 

  • Formal…
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Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 10/19/2018

While you are planning your visit to the 2018 OSBA Capital Conference, make sure to take advantage of the OSBA Conference App. It’s available for use on…

Posted by Van D. Keating on 7/27/2018

As a reminder to school districts, Ohio law requires SERS to impose reporting and payment penalties on employers that do not meet relevant due dates. Although SERS may extend a due date for "…

Posted by Megan E. Greulich on 6/8/2018

OSBA’s Division of Legal Services always is looking for ways to provide our members with new and useful resources. We’ve been hard at work during the first half of 2018 updating existing resources, creating new ones and planning workshops to provide members with the latest and greatest school law-related information. Here are just a few of the resources and events available to…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 11/2/2017

As the Legal Ledger reported back in August, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has been working on amendments to its rule on required licenses for substitutes.  The amendment process is now complete and the…

Posted by Van D. Keating on 6/16/2017

As the end of the school year approaches, one of the more popular questions we receive has to do with the salary notice schools provide to their employees. Legally, RC 3319.12 requires boards of education, by the first day of July, to give each teacher who holds a valid contract for the succeeding school year a “notice” of the salary they are to be paid. Of course, the law also stipulates that this salary shall not be less than the salary paid during the preceding year unless the reduction is part of a uniform plan…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 4/14/2017

June 1 is the deadline for providing written notice to a teacher that the board does not intend to renew his or her contract.  But did you realize that May 1 is another critical deadline if a board is considering non-renewal for a teacher on a limited or extended limited contract?

Districts considering non-renewal of any teacher must follow all of the statutorily required steps by the applicable deadlines.  If the district fails to meet the requirements in the law, the teacher will be deemed reemployed under…

Posted by Jennifer Hardin on 12/6/2016

On November 22, a judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted an emergency motion for a nationwide preliminary injunction barring implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule.  The rule, which was scheduled to take effect on December 1, was expected to make more than four million workers eligible for overtime pay.  The court’s decision can be found under “notable cases” on the court’s website

Twenty-one states, including Ohio, argued that DOL exceeded its…

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Posted by Shadya Yazback on 1/22/2016

In December, the General Assembly enacted the “ban the box” law, House Bill (H.B.) 56.  The bill creates R.C. 9.73, which prohibits public employers in Ohio from including any questions about a person’s criminal background on employment applications.  School districts should take steps now to ensure compliance with the law when it becomes effective on March 23, 2016. 

While employers will no longer be able to ask about a candidate’s criminal history on employment applications, employers can…