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Apr 3, 2024 | Legislation Introduced in Ohio General Assembly to Increase Minimum Teacher Salaries
House Bill 411 has been introduced in the Ohio General Assembly to increase the minimum salary schedule for Ohio teachers that is found in Ohio Revised Code 3317.13.  The proposed legislation would increase the teacher annual base salary for holde...
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Mar 18, 2024 | Sixth Circuit Throws Out Minimum Wage Standards for Employees Who Drive Their Own Vehicles for Work
Last week, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky & Tennessee, turned minimum wage law for employees who drive their personal vehicles for work on its head. While the decision specifically addressed pizza deliver...
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Mar 11, 2024 | Supreme Court Issues Decision Finding TTD Compensation Can Be Terminated Based on MMI Prior to the Date of Industrial Commission Hearing
On March 5, 2024, the Ohio Supreme Court announced its decision in State ex rel. Dillon v Industrial Commission (Slip Opinion No. 2024-Ohio-744). In so doing, the Court overruled 25-year precedent from its prior authority in State ex rel. Russell v....
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Feb 29, 2024 | City of Columbus Bans Consideration of Salary History in the Hiring Process
Beginning on March 1, 2024, the City of Columbus will ban consideration of salary and wage history during the hiring process for all employers in the City with fifteen or more employees. In so doing, Columbus joins a growing list of states and poli...
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Feb 27, 2024 | Supreme Court to Rule on Estate Tax Valuation of Stock Purchased with Corporate-Owned Life Insurance Proceeds
If a shareholders agreement sets forth a fixed and determinable price that satisfies the requirements of Code Section 2703(b) and cases interpreting that term, then that price will be respected for federal estate tax valuation purposes. If it does no...
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Feb 21, 2024 | U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Releases 4 New Resource Documents Addressing Students With Disabilities Under Section 504
On February 20, 2024, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released four (4) new resource documents on students with disabilities, reminding students with disabilities and K-12 schools (as well as colleges and universities...
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Feb 20, 2024 | Substitute Version of Bill in Ohio House That Could Dramatically Change Eminent Domain Law Recently Accepted by Committee
Update - February 2024: We have been following the progress of House Bill (“HB”) 64 in Ohio’s 135th General Assembly (formerly HB 698 in the 134th General Assembly) (the “Bill”), which proposes numerous changes to Ohio’s eminent domain statutes. A su...
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Feb 8, 2024 | Ohio Appellate Court Holds Hazardous Material Transportation Act Does Not Preempt Ohio Products Liability Act
On February 5, 2024, an Ohio appellate court issued a decision that will permit plaintiffs in products liability actions to bring state law claims for injuries caused by defective products used in the transfer and storage of hazardous materials. Einb...
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Feb 6, 2024 | Is the Title IX Final Rule Finally Coming?
On June 23, 2022, Title IX’s 50th anniversary, the U.S. Department of Education announced its proposed changes to the implementing regulations concerning how schools must handle sex discrimination matters, including sexual harassment.  Proposed regul...
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Jan 25, 2024 | OSHA Electronic Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements Expanded to Certain Employers
Effective January 1, 2024, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) expands its electronic recordkeeping and reporting requirements for certain employers in designated industries. The regulation, “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injur...
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Jan 16, 2024 | New Illinois Law Requires Larger Employers to Give Transit Benefits to Employees
Toward the end of 2023, Illinois enacted the Transportation Benefits Program Act. This Act, which became effective January 1, 2024, requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide their employees with a pre-tax commuter benefit. In this regar...
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Jan 12, 2024 | U.S. Department of Labor Implements New Rule to Clarify Worker Classification under FLSA
The US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division has finalized a new rule to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This rule will go into effect on March 11, 2024.  The new rule is...
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Jan 5, 2024 | IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Long-Term, Part-Time Employees
Historically, qualified retirement plans have excluded part-time employees from participation. An employer’s ability to do so has now been limited by the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (“SECURE Act”) and the SECURE Act 2.0...
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Jan 3, 2024 | Is the After School Satan Club Coming to Your School District?
The decision of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Satanic Temple, Inc. v. Saucon Valley School District, ___ F.Supp.3d ___, 2023 WL 3182934, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75001 (May 1, 2023) is a reminder that if a public sc...
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Dec 22, 2023 | Status of DOJ and EPA Policies on Supplemental Environmental Projects
A critical tool in crafting settlement agreements in environmental enforcement cases with DOJ and U.S. EPA has been reauthorized. There have been numerous policy changes at the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and U.S. EPA during President Biden...
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Dec 13, 2023 | Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Act Set to Take Effect on December 31
On December 31, 2023, the City of Chicago’s Paid Leave and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance will take effect.  This Act will require Chicago employers to provide each of their employees, including domestic workers, up to 40 hours of Paid Leave for Any Reaso...
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Dec 7, 2023 | New Federal Law to Create Reporting Requirements for Most U.S. Entities
Many entities across the United States are about to have increased reporting requirements starting January 1, 2024. After a long anticipated-wait, FinCEN, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, issued a final rule on the Beneficial Ownership Infor...
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Nov 13, 2023 | IRS Issues Inflation Adjustments for 2024
The IRS recently announced the 2024 annual inflation adjustments for key tax provisions. Of interest to our clients, Standard Deduction: The standard deduction for married couples filing jointly increases by $1,500 to $29,200. For single taxpay...
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Nov 10, 2023 | Ohio Issue 2 Passes: Analysis of Impact on Schools
With the passage of Issue 2 in the November 7, 2023, general election, a new chapter of the Ohio Revised Code will be created: Chapter 3780, Adult Use Cannabis Control. While the new law in Ohio authorizes what is referred to as allowable forms of “a...
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Nov 8, 2023 | Ohio’s a Buzz: Impact of Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Use on Employers
Yesterday, Ohio voters overwhelmingly passed Issue 2, legalizing recreational marijuana use. Today employers are wondering, “how does this new law affect the workplace?” The short answer is: not much.  Consistent with current Ohio law regarding me...