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Electronic filing of OSHA logs means employers have 2 deadlines in 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that covered employers maintain records of occupational injuries and illnesses. A summary of those records must be posted by Feb. 1st each year. Earlier this year (May 12, 2016), OSHA published its final rule on a new requirement for employers to also submit OSHA records electronically through Read More

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DOL Overtime Rule Blocked in Federal Court

On November 22, Federal Judge Amos L Mazzant III allowed a preliminary injunction motion seeking to stop the revised regulations from taking effect nationwide on December 1, 2016. The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new federal overtime rule would have doubled the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA’s) salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay. In October, Read More

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1 very important task Ohio public employers need to do before Nov. 21st

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) transition to prospective billing is nearly complete. By default, you will automatically be placed on a monthly billing schedule with your first invoice mailed on Dec. 1, 2016 (due by Dec. 31st) for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2017. However, between Oct. 17 and Nov. 21, you have the Read More

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Overtime Rule for Salaried Employees Explained

In 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to update the overtime regulations to reflect the original intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and to simplify and modernize the rules so they’re easier for workers and businesses to understand and apply. The department has issued a final rule that will put more money Read More

Categories: Policy & Regulation, Unemployment,
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Potential tax hike for employers & employees in Ohio unemployment fund proposal

In order to provide support for Ohio’s unemployment-compensation fund, lawmakers have proposed raising taxes for employers and employees. It’s a five-part proposal that would allow the fund to become solvent by 2025, and could allow more unemployed, low-wage workers to become eligible for benefits. The new proposal includes features such as a decline in employer tax Read More

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Concerned about the PBJ data reporting deadline for long term care providers? Sheakley has you covered.

Effective July 1, 2016, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will require all Long Term Care facilities to start capturing staffing information based on payroll and timekeeping. The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) will collect staffing and census information from nursing homes and LTC facilities on a quarterly basis. This new report is being called the Payroll-Based Read More

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New Ohio law legalizing medical marijuana raising many workplace questions

Governor John Kasich just signed HB523 which “authorizes the use of marijuana for medical purposes” in the state of Ohio. This law creates the ability for licensed physicians to issue prescriptions for marijuana. While it’s likely to be a year or two before the entire system and providers are in place, it’s already raising a number Read More

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Ohio House approves ‘life-altering’ medical marijuana bill

The Ohio House of Representatives approved a bill this week which makes marijuana use for limited, medicinal purposes one step closer to become legal in the state of Ohio. There are reasonable opinions on both sides of the debate. Are you prepared for the questions this raises as an employer? A provision in the current Read More

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What Small Businesses Need to Know About 401k Testing

ERISA requires a certain set of tests to be performed yearly on every 401(k) plan to confirm that they do not discriminate in favor of Highly Compensated Employees (HCEs) and that IRS contribution limits aren’t being exceeded. The testing is likely to happen at the close of a plan year. Many companies outsource this work to Read More

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New payment frequency for Ohio workers’ comp is causing an increase in lapsed coverage.

Prospective billing became effective with the policy period beginning July 1, 2015. However, Ohio employers are just now starting to experience the effects of this new payment policy from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). More than ever before, we are seeing clients with lapsed coverage due to the new payment frequency. In fact, we had Read More