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Apr 4, 2019 | Ohio Transportation Budget Update
Ohio’s Transportation Budget has been a source of controversy and compromise. The original March 31 deadline came and went without a deal. The Conference Committee, which is a bipartisan committee of House and Senate members tasked with making the de...
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Mar 29, 2019 | Upcoming FDA Hearings May Have Huge Impact on Cannabis Industry
There could be big changes on the horizon regarding the regulation of CBD (cannabidiol), the non-psychoactive chemical compound which can be extracted from hemp and marijuana. It is gaining popularity in various health and wellness products for the r...
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Mar 19, 2019 | Employment Decision Based on Employees’ Years of Service Does Not Necessarily Violate ADEA
Gone are the days where an employer can take action, such as force an employee to retire, simply because the employee has reached a certain age.  But, is it necessarily a violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) if adverse actio...
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Mar 11, 2019 | Attention Large Employers: The Obama-Era Pay Data Rule is Back in Play
A federal judge has reinstated a rule requiring large employers to report pay data by gender and race to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC adopted a new pay data rule in 2016 during the Obama administration in an ef...
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Mar 8, 2019 | The Department of Labor’s New Overtime Rule Stakes Out Middle Ground on Pay Threshold for Overtime Exemption
The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a proposed rule setting $35,308 as the new minimum salary threshold required for workers to qualify for the “white collar” overtime exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Under the proposed rule, all sa...
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Mar 8, 2019 | Ohio Property Owners: Deadline for Appeal of Property Taxes is Fast Approaching
If you own real estate or are contemplating a real estate purchase, give some thought to your property taxes. Specifically, give some thought to whether you might be able to reduce your property taxes. Every parcel of real property in Ohio is reap...
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Feb 28, 2019 | Illinois Employee Rights Update – Toeing the Line on IHRA and NMWA
As Illinois employers look to hire new talent in the upcoming year, they should be aware of key provisions of Illinois law that have a direct impact on their employees. The first concerns the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) and the second centers...
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Feb 21, 2019 | HHS Releases Guidance for Health Industry on Voluntary Cybersecurity Practices
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a publication entitled the "Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP): Managing Threats and Protecting Patients." The HICP was prepared in response to the mandate set forth in the Cy...
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Feb 20, 2019 | Lawsuit Aims to Vacate OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule
Public health organizations filed a lawsuit against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) seeking to rescind the agency’s electronic recordkeeping rule. Back in 2016, OSHA issued a new regulation requiring employers with 250 emp...
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Jan 18, 2019 | OSHA Increases Civil Penalties
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced it is increasing civil penalties for 2019.   Under the increase, the penalty for Serious, Other-Than-Serious, and Posting Requirements violations are now $13,260 per violation. The pe...
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Jan 7, 2019 | New Year, New Minimum Wage
Hourly workers in Ohio earning minimum wage can expect an increase in their paychecks effective January 1, 2019. The state has increased the minimum wage from $8.30 to $8.55 per hour for non-tipped employees and from $4.15 to $4.30 per hour for tippe...
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Jan 7, 2019 | When Pronouns Matter: Legal Issues Related to Transgender Students
In a 5 to 0 vote, the West Point Public Schools Board of Education terminated Peter Vlaming, a French teacher employed by the District for approximately seven years, for refusing to use a transgender student’s preferred male pronoun when referencing...
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Jan 3, 2019 | The Road to Success Widens for Students Planning to Graduate in 2019 and 2020
Through the passage of House Bill 491, signed into law by the Governor on December 19, 2018, the Ohio General Assembly has once again provided alternative graduation pathways similar to those applicable to students who graduated in 2018. For the 2019...
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Jan 3, 2019 | New Anti-Kickback Provisions for Certain Facility and Laboratory Referrals
Recently, Congress passed the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (the “Recovery Act”). The Recovery Act is a part of the larger SUPPORT Act (in particular, Section 8122) comprised of a number of different legislative initiatives designed t...
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Jan 2, 2019 | Taking the "Strict" Out of Treasurer Liability
Treasurers of Ohio school districts and educational service centers have operated for decades under a “strict liability” standard for the loss of public funds. Strict liability is a harsh legal penalty that holds treasurers accountable for damages or...
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Dec 12, 2018 | How Much is a Good Name Worth? Ohio Supreme Court Says Damages for Defamation are Capped
In a 4-2 decision, the Ohio Supreme Court has held that Ohio’s statutory cap on noneconomic damages applies to defamation claims.[1]  In light of the Court’s ruling, a $1.55 million jury award obtained by Ann Wayt, a former nurse at Affinity Medical...
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Nov 27, 2018 | Crafting Physician Separation Agreements: Protecting Doctors from Negative References and Reviews
Hospital Employer’s Agreement not to say Negative Things about an Ex-Employee may not Apply to Responses to Hospital Staff Credentialing Inquiries In an era where more and more physicians are becoming employed by hospitals or hospital owned groups...
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Nov 9, 2018 | Federal Court Overturns CMS Overpayment Rule
A recent ruling by a federal district court could have a significant impact on how certain health insurers, specifically those providing coverage pursuant to Medicare Parts C (i.e., Medicare Advantage insurers) and D (i.e., prescription drug coverage...
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Nov 8, 2018 | It's Unanimous: Federal Age Discrimination Law Applies to Public Employers Regardless of Size
In a unanimous ruling issued this week, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) applies to all state and local government employers, even those with fewer than 20 employees.[i] The ADEA protects employees an...
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Nov 7, 2018 | CMS Announces Proposed Rules Reducing the Regulatory Burden on Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Hospitals and Other Participating Providers and Suppliers
On September 17, 2018 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced proposed rules to revise the applicable conditions of participation (CoPs) for providers and conditions for coverage (CfCs) in connection with its efforts to reduce th...