November 15, 2021

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Federal Appeals Court Reaffirms Stay of Vaccine Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) new rules requiring vaccinations or weekly testing for all employees at companies with at least 100 workers was blocked again (November 12) by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which called the new rules a "mandate" and added that it "grossly exceeds OSHA's statutory authority."

The court had previously stayed the order pending a range of legal challenges in what is expected to be a lengthy legal battle over the emergency temporary standard (ETS). The court ordered OSHA to "take no steps to implement or enforce the Mandate until further court order."

Employment attorneys say the legality of the OSHA ETS likely won't be decided until it is reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Justice Department, which was contesting the appeals court's original stay, responded to the ruling in a statement: "Today's decision is just the beginning of the process for review of this important OSHA standard. The department will continue to vigorously defend the standard and looks forward to obtaining a definitive resolution following consolidation of all of the pending cases for further review."

Please click here for more information on the OSHA ETS, including guidelines for implementing the new standard.  


2021 Winter Conference (LIVE)- Hilton Hotel at Easton December 6 & 7, 2021

Time is running out to register and the exhibit hall is filling up!!

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the 2021 Winter Conference. 

Registration is now open. Don' miss out on a strong-line up of breakout sessions, keynote speakers, a full exhibit hall and networking opportunities. Exhibitor information is available by following the meeting registration link.

Click here for all the meeting details!

Link for meeting registration - members need to login to register and non-members can create an account online for registration access.

OCA Annual Convention - February 2 - 9, 2022 - The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

Rooms are going quickly. Don't miss the deadline!!

Join us for the 2022 OCA Annual Convention at the The Ritz-Carlton in Aruba, February 2 - 9, 2022. Aruba’s tag line of “One Happy Island” fits perfectly with the vibe of The Ritz-Carlton set along the beautiful Palm Beach. Fiery sunsets and calm, turquoise water are the backdrop for an enticing array of hotel amenities at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. At this luxury resort, guests enjoy direct access to a pristine beach and adults-only and family pools. The casino offers entertainment around the clock with table games and slot machines. And the expansive spa incorporates aloe and other indigenous ingredients into transformative treatments.

One Registration Includes:

  • Ocean View Room for 7 nights
  • Welcome Reception and Dinner Wednesday
  • Thursday Morning Prayer/Induction Breakfast
  • Theme Dinner and Party on Palm Beach
  • Industry Sessions on Friday, Monday and Tuesday
  • Entertainment at Events
  • OCA Hospitality Lounge all Week
  • Complementary Access to the Spa Facilities (steam room, sauna, and whirlpools)
  • Complementary Use of Non-Motorized Water Sports (kayaks, paddle boards and floating rafts)
  • Complementary use of Fitness Center and Jacuzzis

Click here for all of the details, registration information and sponsorship opportunities. Registration deadline to ensure the special OCA rate at The Ritz-Carlton is December 15th. 

OCA Mobile App (OCA Link) is Live- Don't Miss out on this New Source of Industry Information


Be one of the first 100 to download the OCA Link app to be entered into a drawing for three $50 Amazon gift cards!!

We are excited to announce that the new OCA mobile application, OCA Link, is now ready for download.

The app is designed to put the most current and important information at your fingertips whether you are in your office or at a work site. It has upcoming events, member directory, discussion forums, alerts and much more. 

The app is available in android or IOS device versions.

Please check out the following OCA Link Introduction and Tutorial Video before downloading so that you are ready to hit the ground running once the app is installed:

Download Instructions:

From your mobile device (tablet or phone running android or IOS) you can click on the link below or scan the QR code and you will be directed to the appropriate download site:

QR Code Download Link

Text Download Link


Excellent Summary & Explanation of OSHA'S Vaccine Mandate ETS

OCA’s colleagues with our national affiliate, Associated Contractors of America (AGC), have prepared an excellent summary and explanation of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which mandates COVID-19 vaccines or testing by employers with one hundred or more employees.

Though the ETS is being legally challenged in multiple federal appeals court jurisdictions, employers should become familiar with the ETS rules, and consider preparations for compliance pending the outcome of the current challenges. To review the AGC summary document, which includes links to relevant resources, please click here.

OCA will be working with our national affiliates, and legal advisors to closely monitor the progress of the OSHA ETS and will keep our members advised of all important updates.

If you have any questions about the vaccine mandates, please contact Mark Potnick in the OCA office.

ODOT to Hold Asphalt Spec Reorg Webinar

On behalf of ODOT’s Offices of Pavement Engineering, Construction Administration and Materials Management, we are pleased to announce the following free webinar for November 30th.

2022 Asphalt Specifications Reorganization Webinar

If you have any questions regarding the online registration process, please contact Ohio LTAP by phone or email.

The Ohio LTAP Center
1980 W. Broad Street, Mail Stop #1240
Columbus, OH 43223
614-387-7359 or 1-877-800-0031 (Toll Free in Ohio)
email: [email protected]



OCA Group Rating Program for Workers' Comp Application Deadline Approaching Soon!

The deadline to enroll in OCA’s workers’ compensation group program is just around the corner! Make sure you choose our program administered by our preferred TPA, Sedgwick.

Enrollment paperwork was sent to you for our traditional group rating and/or group retrospective rating programs. The deadline to enroll in these programs is quickly approaching. Don’t miss out on your opportunity for significant premium savings!

• Group Rating - Sedgwick must receive your enrollment by November 17, 2021

• Group Retrospective Rating - Sedgwick must receive your enrollment by January 26, 2022.

Sedgwick is proud to deliver workers’ compensation claims management and cost containment strategies to nearly 65,000 hard-working Ohio employers and have our endorsement.

Sedgwick has saved Ohio employers participating in group rating more than $4 billion over the past ten years and Ohio employers participating in group retrospective rating have earned over $630 million in refunds since implementation in 2009.

For more information, contact our Sedgwick program manager, Tony Sharrock at (614) 376-5450 or [email protected].

Time is running out! Please get your paperwork in today!  

Apply Now - 2021 OCA Safety Awards

OCA’s annual SAFETY AWARDS program is a great opportunity to showcase your safety program and recognize those in your organization who work diligently to protect the safety and health of your most valued asset – your employees! All active members are encouraged to participate!

Awards are presented in several size divisions, based on total hours worked. Those who achieve zero accidents and injuries during the year will also be recognized! Winners will be announced during our Winter Conference session on December 7th.

Please return your application ASAP to be in the running for OCA’s coveted safety award! The submission deadline is Friday, November 19, 2021. Please click here to access the application form.

If you have any questions about the Safety Awards Program, please contact Kim Dillon or Mark Potnick in the OCA office. 2021 continued to present us with many new safety & health challenges. We salute you for stepping up to successfully meet those challenges as you continued to make Ohio’s construction industry one of the safest in the country! We hope to see you on the winner’s podium…Good luck!


 Quick Links to On-line OCA Resources

•   Current Ohio Contractor Magazine
•   Safety Resources
•   Labor & Employment Information
•   OCA President's Commentary

Upcoming Events
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Safety Talks
 A Personal Safety Challenge

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