Office of General Counsel

Governing Law

Pertinent Authority

The University is subject to the laws of the State of Ohio, which are provided by the Ohio Revised Code (“ORC”) and the Ohio Administrative Code (“OAC”), along with applicable federal law. Below are specific provisions from the ORC and OAC that govern selected topic areas of particular concern to the University.

Construction Laws

All capital improvements made to state-owned property are governed by ORC Chapter 153. View the full text of the law.

The State Architect’s Office is the authority for the state of Ohio that oversees the design and construction of facilities for state agencies, boards, commissions and institutions of higher education.  The State Architect’s Office can also assist state institutions with capital planning, the review of local administration requests and the direct management of design and construction projects, efficient use of energy resources in state government facilities and operation, and enterprise-wide standard forms and contracting documents for capital improvement projects.  For more information, please visit the State Architect’s Office website.

Drug Laws

Both the ORC and the OAC govern the practice of pharmacy in the state of Ohio.   The ORC Chapter 4729 is the pertinent statutory authority, available at The OAC Chapter 4729 is the pertinent administrative authority, available at

The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy provides several resources for guidance about the legal practice of pharmacy and pharmacy education, along with information about registration and licensure, compliance bulletins, and upcoming board meetings. For more information visit the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.

The Ohio Pharmacists Association (“OPhA”) provides additional resources for practicing pharmacists, including legislative updates, continuing education opportunities, and current pharmacy news. For more information, please visit the OPhA website.


Ohio Ethics Statutes and Opinions

  • The Ohio Ethics Commission promotes ethics in public service to strengthen the public’s confidence that Government business is conducted with impartiality and integrity.
  • The Commission has jurisdiction over Ohio’s public officials and employees at the state and local levels of government, except legislators, judges, and their staffs.
  • The Ohio Ethics Law, effective January 1, 1974, created new ethical standards for public officials and employees by:
    • Requiring personal financial disclosure;
    • Creating new restrictions upon unethical conduct with criminal sanctions; and
    • Establishing uniform review of ethics issues by statewide commissions of the three branches of government.
    • This law is available at
  • Chapter 102 of the Ohio Administrative Code also governs the ethics of Ohio public officials, and can be accessed at
  • For more information, please visit the Ohio Ethics Commission’s website at

Employment & Human Resources

State Legislation
  • The Ohio version of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act is codified in ORC Chapter 4111, which can be accessed at
  • The ORC Chapter 124 is the applicable authority for state of Ohio employees.  This law governs employee pay, benefits, and leave, among other things.  The full text of the law can be accessed at
Federal Legislation
Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”)
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, 29 U.S.C. Section 201, et seq., is federal legislation that governs minimum wage, hourly work week maximum, overtime pay, child labor, and several other employment-related matters.
  • The Wage and Hours Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) is the entity which oversees the administration and enforcement of the FLSA.
  • The Handy Reference Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act, compiled by the Wage and Hours Division of the DOL, is an excellent resource for those seeking further information about fair labor and employment practices.
Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act, 29 U.S.C. Section 2601, et seq., entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.
  • The Wage and Hours Division of the DOL also oversees the administration and enforcement of the FMLA.
  • For more information about eligibility for FMLA leave, and other general guidelines with regard to the FMLA, please visit
Other Federal Employment Legislation


For more information about federal labor and employment law, please visit the Wage and Hours Division’s website, available at


Lisa Noland
Administrative Specialist
Phone: 330.325.6354

Office of General Counsel

Northeast Ohio Medical University