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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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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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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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Ohio unemployment benefits could be reduced under proposed bill

Ohio lawmakers are pushing new legislation that would reduce unemployment benefits and enforce new eligibility requirements to help strengthen the state’s insolvent unemployment benefits system. The overhaul will increase the taxable wage base for employers and reduce workers’ eligibility for benefits. Zach Schiller, Research Director at Policy Matters Ohio said, “Slashing worker benefits and lowering Read More

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ACA Reporting Requirements are Coming…Are You Ready?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the biggest healthcare change in over 100 years. Without comprehensive data integration between these systems, it will become increasingly more difficult to maintain compliance. The ACA reporting and compliance requirements affect companies with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees. Full-time status is defined as 30 or more Read More

Categories: Policy & Regulation, Workers' Compensation,
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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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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

Categories: Policy & Regulation, Unemployment,
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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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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