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Secret Ballot Voting Violates the Ohio Open Meetings Act

In the case of State ex rel. More Bratenahl v. Bratenahl, Slip Opinion No. 2019-Ohio-3233, the Ohio Supreme Court held that public bodies may not take official action by secret ballot. In this case, a city council voted on a new president pro tempore at a public meeting via secret ballot under the belief that […]

The Ohio Ethics Commission – The Voice of Ethics – 2019 Quarter 3

The Ohio Ethics Commission just published its newest newsletter, “The Voice of Ethics,” which can be viewed here. Past newsletters from the Ohio Ethics Commission can be viewed here. McGown & Markling is often asked to opine on various ethics issues, but the best ethics advice comes straight from the Ohio Ethics Commission itself. To […]

Words Matter – An Exclusion Clause May Not Bar All Arbitrations

In the case of Toledo Fedn. of Teachers v. Bd. of Edn. of the Toledo City School Dist., 2019-Ohio-3025, an Ohio appellate court held that an exclusion clause that merely requires prospective application of arbitration decisions to similar, not-yet-filed grievances did not, by its plain language, bar arbitration of a pending grievance. In this case, […]

Reasonable Assurance Letters May Preclude Unemployment Compensation Benefits

In the case of Kent State Univ. v. Hannam, 2019-Ohio-2971, an Ohio appellate court held that a reasonable assurance letter for employment in the following fall or spring semesters precludes an educator from receiving unemployment compensation benefits. In this case, a university adjunct professor received a reasonable assurance letter for employment in the following fall […]

Claims Involving Construction Work Must Be Brought Within Ten Years

In the case of New Riegel Local School Dist. Bd. of Edn. v. Buehrer Group Architecture & Eng., Inc., Slip Opinion No. 2019-Ohio-2851, the Ohio Supreme Court held that Ohio’s construction statute of repose bars all types of claims – tort and breach of contract included – that are brought more than ten (10) years […]