Entries by JSMT Media

The George Floyd murder trial: the justice system worked–this time…

As a criminal defense attorney, I watched with great interest the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd. Here are my thoughts on the case that has mesmerized the nation and the world since May 25, 2020. The visual evidence secured the conviction. Creating reasonable doubt in the mind of at least […]

Can employers ‘out’ unvaccinated employees?

Recently one of our Facebook followers messaged us this important and interesting question: “Can an employer ask workers if they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 and are they allowed to ‘out’ those who have and have not?” Like most employment issues related to the pandemic, the answer to that straightforward question is complicated, multi-faceted, and […]

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Can a worker be fired for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

News about the approval of COVID-19 vaccines has raised two things: hope that the pandemic will end in the not too distant future and lots of questions including the one I’ve been asked most: Can a worker be fired if their employer requires them to be vaccinated and they refuse? The answer is, with limited […]

Complex deliberative process, legal doctrines drive Supreme Court rulings in controversial cases

This week the U.S. Supreme Court handed down decisions in two closely watched controversial cases: June Medical Services LLC. et al. V. Russo and Seila Law v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Along with being among the most highly anticipated rulings of the term, the opinions in the cases provided valuable insight into both the intricacies […]

Sunshine Laws enable citizens, media to expose government corruption, mismanagement, and malfeasance

Ohio’s Open Meetings Act enacted in 1954 and Public Records Act passed in 1963 known collectively as the state’s “Sunshine Laws,” are based on the belief that government belongs to the people. I couldn’t agree more, and, as a member of the Mahoning County Board of Elections a public body subject to those laws, I […]

BKH’s new procedures for office visits will keep clients, employees safe

As an essential business, Betras, Kopp & Harshman has been open and serving clients during the COVID-19 crisis. We will continue to be here for you throughout the emergency. On Monday, May 4 we are instituting the following procedures for office visits: Anyone visiting the office must schedule an appointment in advance by calling 330-746-8484 […]

Betras, Kopp & Harshman is open, law firm will launch free, online Covid-19 legal clinic on Wednesday, March 25

Betras, Kopp & Harshman Managing Partner David Betras announced today that the law firm, which has been designated an “essential business” under the Stay at Home Order issued March 22 by the Ohio Department of Health will remain open during the Covid-19 crisis. You may view the order here: DirectorsOrderStayAtHome Attorney Betras also announced that […]

Ohio Department of Health Stay at Home Order

Dr. Amy Acton, the Director of the Ohio Department of Health issued a comprehensive “Stay at Home” order on Sunday, March 22. Beginning March 25, Betras, Kopp & Harshman will conduct free Covid-19 legal clinics every Wednesday via Facebook Live for the duration of the crisis. You can ask questions by calling 330-746-848 or 800-487-2889, […]

Mahoning Matters shines spotlight on area nursing homes, abuse and neglect of seniors

We would like to applaud Mahoning Matters for its in-depth series on area nursing homes. According to the report, conditions at two area nursing homes, Warren’s White Oak Manor and the Oasis Center for Rehabilitation and Healing are especially troubling. Reporters also found that 11 of the 46 nursing facilities located in Mahoning and Trumbull counties […]