What’s Briefly Happening in the Toledo Area: Summer Edition

New legislation for nursing moms

Gov. Mike DeWine signed five executive orders into law the day before swearing in to his second term. The first executive order, 2023-01D is a huge win for mothers. This order calls for “status as a nursing mother” to be added to the anti-discrimination in state government policy. 

This anti-discrimination policy prohibits employers from allowing a woman’s nursing or pumping to affect her ability to be hired or promoted, or to cause for her to be laid off, terminated, transferred or demoted. It also outlines that those activities will not affect her rate of compensation or eligibility for in-service training programs.

Anyone in violation can file a complaint with their own supervisor, the agency’s Equal Opportunity Office, the Equal Opportunity Division of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This order replaces executive order 2019-05D. —RR

Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Toledo and Mercy Health collaborate

 On January 1, Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Toledo and Mercy Health entered a collaboration to improve pediatric athletic training services available in the region. As a result, Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Toledo has implemented Mercy Health’s athletic training and sports medicine services to address the needs of over 30 local schools and community programs in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. The program currently features 40 employees and promotes coordination between athletic trainers and clinical staff while providing care to the community. 

According to Jennifer Strauss, Vice-President of Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Toledo, the addition of Mercy Health’s athletic training and sports medicine services reflects a continuation of “the long-standing history and proven commitment to sports medicine” demonstrated at Nationwide Children’s in Columbus. For more information about Nationwide Children’s – Toledo, visit  nationwidechildrens.org. —SK

GTCF offers free ride for kids this summer

This summer, the Greater Toledo Community Foundation (GTCF) is celebrating its 50th anniversary! To celebrate, the Foundation has decided to give back to the community by providing ride passes for students ages 6-19 on TARTA buses. This program will be active June, July and August of 2023 through TARTA’s Youth Summer Blast Pass Program.

TARTA is dedicated to providing transportation to everyone in the community regardless of background, race or physical ability. Partnering with GTCF is a testament to this. To learn more about the organization, visit 50yearsfortoledo.com. —OJ

STURDY Act Passes to Help Make Children Safer

The Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act to minimize deaths from unsafe dressers was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden on December 29, 2022. This recent law is predicted to prevent deaths and to protect youth from avoidable injury and death.

“Prior to this new law, the stability of dressers made or sold in the United States was governed by nothing more than a voluntary safety standard created primarily by the furniture industry itself,” Mann said. “The new law makes safety mandatory, not voluntary,” says Daniel J. Mann of the legal firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP, which handled a large number of dresser tip-over cases involving injuries and deaths to children. 


Read more about the new act at Annarborfamily.com. —DI

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