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ACTION REQUIRED – Ohio BWC Settlement Fund Payout

The San Allen v. Ohio BWC Lawsuit has been a hot topic in the workers’ compensation world, especially this year. In late July an agreement was reached to settle the class action lawsuit filed in 2007 against the Ohio BWC for $420 million regarding “inflated premium” charges (paid by non-group rated employers, with certain manual classifications, in policy years 2001 Read More

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Kasich Asks Ohio BWC Board to Rebate Another Billion

Governor Kasich announced Wednesday that the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Net Asset Fund should return an additional $1 billion to Ohio employers as a premium rebate. The rebate will be based on the premiums paid by private and public employers during their 2012 policy year, equal to 60 percent of their premiums. The Ohio BWC Board of Directors will consider the Read More

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Ohio BWC Agrees to Settle San Allen for $420 Million

A class action lawsuit filed seven years ago, known as the San Allen case, has reached a settlement agreement. The lawsuit accused the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation of knowingly overcharging non-group rated employers for insurance premiums to make up for the discounts offered to group rated employers. Judge Richard McMonagle, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas, ruled in 2013 Read More

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Major Changes in Overtime Regulations Coming Soon

Increased overtime availability is currently in the works. Set in motion by the Obama administration, these amendments to current Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations inevitably mean big changes for employers regarding payroll, healthcare, and various other aspects. According to a recent post by HR Morning there are two big questions on employers’ minds: How soon Read More

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National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Questioning “No Personal Use” Email Policies

Big changes may be on the horizon in regards to personal use policies in the work place.  A recent blog post by HR Morning looked into the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) re-evaluation of policies that prohibit the personal use of company email, as well as restrictions on posting work related topics on social media. Read More

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Marketplace Health Coverage Enrollment Deadline: March 31

If your company is not currently carrying group health insurance or an employee has not enrolled in private insurance the individual mandate to carry insurance still applies for 2014 and the government marketplace open enrollment is about to end. If you don’t have health insurance, or would like to change your coverage, you still have Read More

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New Overtime Rules on the Horizon

President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum last week directing the Labor Department to develop new overtime rules. While the memorandum does not specify what the rules or new salary thresholds should be, it is directed to salaried workers who make more than the $455 a week threshold set by President Bush in 2004 who Read More

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Two ACA Employer Reporting Rules Finalized March 10, 2014

The final rules for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to be released. On March 3, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the finalized version of two reporting rules for businesses with 50 or more employees. Both rules, the Information Reporting by Applicable Large Employers: Health Insurance Coverage Offered Under Read More

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H-1B Work Visa Petitions on Behalf of Foreign Employees Begin April 1, 2014

If you have not already started preparing, it’s time to get ready to file an H-1B work visa petition if you have foreign employees who need sponsorship for long-term work authorization in the U.S. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B work visa petitions on April 1, 2014. With an annual Read More

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Minimum Wage Raised for Federal Contract Workers By Executive Order

President Obama signed an Executive Order on February 12th instituting a new policy to raise the minimum wage for workers under federal contracts for services or construction to $10.10 per hour. The order becomes effective January 1, 2015 and will apply only to new contracts and subcontracts signed after its effective date that provide the Read More