HR Management & Compliance

Ohio: More Business-Friendly Approach Is Likely

by Bradd N. Siegel, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Republicans swept every major statewide race in Ohio, taking back the Governor’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, and the post for chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court from incumbent Democrats. Republicans also claimed the open U.S. Senate seat.

Former Senator Mike DeWine, the new attorney general-elect, has pledged to join the lawsuit to have “ObamaCare” declared unconstitutional. He is also probably less likely to continue his predecessor’s aggressive enforcement of wage and hour laws, which had been a high priority with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

As a result of the night’s tallies, hopes are high for a more “business-friendly” approach in Ohio, from the governor on down.

Bradd N. Siegel is editor of Ohio Employment Law Letter and a partner with Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP in Columbus. He can be reached at (614) 227-2000.