OSCPA joins businesses supporting inclusive workforce

Written on Mar 17, 2018

Advancing the state of business is one of OSCPA’s top priorities, and the Executive Board this week took steps to do just that by building on recommendations made last year by its Diversity + Inclusion Task Force. OSCPA’s board voted to support a unanimous recommendation by the Government Relations Advisory Council to join more than 200 other Ohio businesses and organizations as a member of the Ohio Business Competes Coalition and also to formally support House Bill 160.

Ohio Business Competes is a non-partisan coalition of businesses committed to achieving nondiscrimination policies at the state level to attract and retain the best talent, to increase business-to-business and business-to-consumer relationships, and to grow Ohio’s economy. It seeks to add Ohio to the 21 states that currently include civil protections from being denied jobs, housing or services based upon perceived gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation.

House Bill 160 seeks to expand Ohio’s civil rights laws to provide legal protections for gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation to the currently protected classes of race, color, religion, sex, age, ancestry or national origin or disability.  The legislation will also create a statewide policy in this area, avoiding the potential legal problems that could be faced by businesses operating in multiple jurisdictions. Currently, varied language has been adopted in almost two dozen Ohio cities.

Major goals of OSCPA’s D&I Task Force centered around building the Ohio business community’s ability – particularly those that employ CPAs - to  attract and retain a larger pool of talent from underrepresented groups.

“Supporting House Bill 160 is a tangible demonstration of that commitment to  help make Ohio businesses employers of choice as we compete nationally and internationally for the best and brightest workers and business partners,” said Scott Wiley, OSCPA president and CEO. “This in turn will help to drive our state’s economy and advance the CPA profession.”  

The legislation is currently before the Ohio House Government and Accountability Committee.

Learn more: OSCPA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Report (PDF)

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