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Jul 11, 2016 | Upcoming State Budget Expected to See Major Tax Changes - "This is a significant budget issue for the state, counties, and transit authorities," says State Budget Director
In the coming weeks, Governor Kasich and the General Assembly will begin drafting Ohio’s two-year state budget. While the official introduction of the budget will take place in February of 2017, discussions about what the budget will entail have alre...
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Jun 30, 2016 | What Does "Brexit" Mean For Your Valuable Trademarks and Brands?
By now, most have heard about the potential political and economic consequences of last week’s historic UK vote to exit the EU. What you may not have considered, though, is the effect of “Brexit” on your trademarks and brands. This alert provides som...
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Jun 28, 2016 | BREXIT: United Kingdom Withdraws from the European Union
The United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU) on Thursday, June 23, 2016. The referendum, colloquially known as BREXIT (British Exit), sparked international concerns and upheavals in international markets. The UK has been a member...
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Jun 24, 2016 | House Passes Small Business Healthcare Relief Act (HR 5447)
Earlier this week, the House of Representatives, with bi-partisan support, passed the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act (“SBHRA”). Under current provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, an employer that does not maintain a gro...
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Jun 22, 2016 | FAA Issues Long-Anticipated Commercial Drone Rules & Eliminates the Section 333 Exemption Process
On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the FAA issued its long-anticipated rules governing commercial operations of small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), otherwise known as drones. The new rules, which have been in the works since companies and drone makers be...
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Jun 15, 2016 | Court Denies FTC'S Bid to Prohibit Health System Merger
After a six-day evidentiary hearing, on June 14, 2016, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued an opinion denying a request by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for a preliminary injunction to block the proposed...
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Jun 9, 2016 | Ohio Legislature Passes Over 30 Bills in 48 Hours
The Ohio General Assembly is officially on summer recess as they gear up for their November elections. They had a busy spring session, culminating in two whirlwind days during the last week of May, where they passed over 30 bills. The topics ranged f...
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May 18, 2016 | Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Expanding Overtime Pay
The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule expanding the number of Americans that qualify for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new rule, issued on May 18, 2016, will more than double the annual salary threshold t...
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May 12, 2016 | OSHA Finalizes Controversial Electronic Recordkeeping Rule
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its final rule revising its regulations on the recording and reporting of occupational injuries and illnesses.  Under the rule, establishments with 250 or more employees must elec...
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May 10, 2016 | FDA Issues "Deeming Regulations" Covering Additional Tobacco Products Including Electronic Cigarettes, Cigars and Pipe Tobacco
On May 10, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule (Deeming Regulations) bringing cigars, pipe tobacco, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) (including electronic cigarettes), water pipe (hookah) tobacco, dissolvab...
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May 4, 2016 | State and Local Governments Considering Drone Laws Should Consult with the FAA
Recently, the Cleveland City Council passed legislation aimed at giving local law enforcement the power to enforce federal restrictions on flying drones (also known as unmanned aircraft systems or “UAS”) within city limits. The Cleveland law mirrors...
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Apr 28, 2016 | "60 Days" Means 60 Days - Appellate Court Reiterates Construction Lien Law Will Be Strictly Construed
By: Thomas P. Wert, Esquire, Board Certified Construction Lawyer1 Lienors beware – when the Florida lien law says “60 days,” the Florida lien law means 60 days. On April 8th, a Florida Court of Appeal confirmed once again that the deadlines set...
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Apr 11, 2016 | Favorable Ruling for Insurance Agency and Its Agents
A decision recently issued by the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas is a positive signal for insurance agencies and their agents. Although the insureds asserted numerous claims in the suit − including fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent procu...
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Mar 30, 2016 | Commercial Use of Drones Subject to Shifting Policies
FAA issues interim policy for commercial drones that weigh less than 55 pounds Businesses that operate, or plan to operate, a drone for a commercial purpose must receive a specific grant of permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)...
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Mar 23, 2016 | Department of Labor's "Persuader Rules" to be Published Tomorrow
Labor lawyers at Roetzel have been warning clients about the “Persuader Rules” for five years. These rules will be published by the federal government tomorrow, March 24, 2016, and will go into effect 30 days later. While the nuances of the Persuader...
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Mar 17, 2016 | Proposed FLSA Overtime Rules Sent to the Office of Management and Budget
On March 14, 2016, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) received the proposed and long-anticipated Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations from the Department of Labor. This is the final step before the publication of the r...
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Feb 24, 2016 | Ohio General Assembly Enacts Ban-the-Box For All Ohio Public Employers
On December 23, 2015, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law House Bill 56, known as the Ohio Fair Hiring Act.  Continuing the trend of “ban-the-box” across the United States, as well as the implementation of such a provision for Ohio state employ...
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Feb 22, 2016 | Court Reaffirms Damages Analysis in Construction Defect Cases
By:  Thomas P. Wert B.C.S.[1] On February 5, 2015, the Court of Appeals, Second District, reaffirmed the means by which courts determine damages for construction defect claims.  Gray v. Mark Hall Homes, Inc., 2016 WL 459436 (Fla. 2nd DCA Feb. 5, 2...
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Feb 2, 2016 | Tax Exemption of Board-Owned Real Estate
On December 30, 2015, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision that signals a departure from how the Tax Commissioner of Ohio will treat real estate owned by a board of education regarding tax exemption applications.  Previously, board-owned real est...
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Jan 22, 2016 | Ohio Supreme Court Rules on Beck Energy Lease Validity Cases
On January 21, 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision affecting the minerals rights of hundreds of landowners in Monroe County who leased with Beck Energy:  State ex rel. Claugus Family Farm, L.P. v. Seventh Dist. Court of Appeals. The decisi...