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BUSINESS UPDATES | Walmart to deliver Christmas trees, hang lights

Among today's business updates: Consumer Protection Call Center Act and Motorcycle Ohio.
Christmas tree
(Photo by Aurelio Arantes | Unsplash)

This holiday season, Walmart will hang Christmas lights and deliver a live Christmas tree right to customers’ doorsteps.

Customers can choose from a variety of trees and can select whether they’d like a fresh-cut tree or a potted option in sizes ranging from 3 feet tall to 9 feet tall.

In partnership with Handy, Walmart also will hang customers’ Christmas lights. The cost is $129 for single-story homes and $199 for two-story homes. Removal is $99 for single-story homes and $159 for two-story homes. Customers must supply the lights, clips or anchors and extension cords.

Lepore-Hagan provides sponsor
testimony on call center legislation

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, on Wednesday gave sponsor testimony on HB 536, the Consumer Protection Call Center Act, legislation that would require notification of relocation of call centers in Ohio and disqualification of tax benefits.

The bill was introduced by Lepore-Hagan and Haraz N. Ghanbari, R-Perrysburg.

“Call center jobs often offer living wages and flexible hours. Every individual doing call center work for the state should be living and working within Ohio’s borders, helping our economy and workforce thrive,” Lepore-Hagan said in a news release.

 The Consumer Protection Call Center Act would:

  • Require an employer that intends to relocate a call center or qualifying facilities or operating units within a call center from Ohio to a foreign country to notify the director of Job and Family Services at least 120 days before relocating.
  • Require the JFS director to compile, every six months, a list of employers that have relocated a call center or one or more qualifying facilities or operating units within a call center from Ohio to a foreign country during the preceding six months.
  • Disqualify, unless an exception applies, an employer that has relocated a call center or one or more qualifying facilities or operating units within a call center from Ohio to a foreign country from receiving a grant, guaranteed loan, tax benefit or other economic incentive from the state until five years after the relocation.
  • Require a state agency to ensure that all call center and customer service work performed for the agency is performed entirely within Ohio.

Motorcycle Ohio announces
funds for rider training

COLUMBUS — Motorcycle Ohio is offering funding certified motorcycle rider training for government agencies and not-for-profit organizations.

The agency, which is within the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles, said the funds are to help career centers and institutions of higher learning.

Motorcycle Ohio establishes motorcycle safety and education programs to provide affordable motorcycle rider training courses in order to reduce fatalities and injuries on Ohio’s roadways through rider education, public information campaigns and licensing improvement.  

Courses are Basic Rider Skills for beginners, Basic Rider Skills for the returning rider and Basic Rider Skills – 2 for experienced riders.

Applicants must meet specific parameters and other necessary requirements to be eligible for an award. For more information, visit the Motorcycle Ohio website. The deadline for applications is Dec. 31.

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