Key Notes:

  • Ohio law bans public authorities from mandating local hiring requirements on public projects
  • Governor Kasich signed House Bill 180 into law on May 31, 2016
  • Law becomes effective in 90 days

Ohio Governor John R. Kasich signed House Bill 180 into law on May 31, 2016. The new law prohibits the use of local hiring requirements on public projects in Ohio. Specifically, it bars public authorities (including the state of Ohio, political subdivisions, and public agencies and instrumentalities) from requiring contractors on public projects to hire a certain number or percentage of local residents from defined geographical areas. The law also prohibits the use of bid award bonuses or preferences as incentives to meet set percentages.

The law becomes effective 90 days after the Governor’s signature.

For additional details, please see our previous Construction Update, “Ohio Legislature Passes Ban on Local Hiring Requirements.” The text of House Bill 180 and the Governor’s press release are also available online.