A Glimpse of the 2016 Employee

Original Publication Vol.28 Issue 4 Fall 2015  Published by the Ohio State Bar Association. SOLO, Small Firms and General Practice Section   When is a “newly created” job not new?  When is Employment like Enron accounting?  Answer? When you take employment and you change its scope and category.  On July 15, 2015 the Department of [...]

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What You Don’t Know About Marijuana Can Hurt You

What You Don’t Know About Marijuana Can Hurt You Do you know that:,i,ii,iii,iv,v,vi,vii,viii 1) There is no definitive proof that prescribing Marijuana is a medical remedy 2) You could impact your Worker’s Compensation decision if Marijuana is found in your system during/after a work related injury 3) It is STILL illegal under Federal Law-( even [...]

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ALERT to all companies. Time to look at how and what you are communicating concerning your business.

Identify Your Trade Secrets to Prevail in IP Theft Litigation By Roy Maurer  8/4/2015 Permissions        An appellate court recently struck down a company’s trade secrets misappropriation claims because the company failed to protect its intellectual property (IP) as confidential or proprietary. The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled in Head Over Heels Gymnastics Inc. v. [...]

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Three serious changes on the horizon

First- There is the NEW ‘Guidelines’ for deciding if a person is an Independent Contractor person or an employee.  This went into effect July 15, 2015 and will require a company to look at each person individually as the six (6) guidelines are to be taken as a whole and not a checkoff list. Six [...]

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First glimpse at how Wage and Hour is going to release guidelines

As of July 15, 2015 you are required to reevaluate your Independent Contractors.  SHRM has done an excellent job of defining the regulation changes using clear, everyday language.  This article states that the goal is for less independent contract work and more employee status with possible overtime rights. The guidelines emphasize Qualitative rather then Quantitative [...]

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OSHA Releases New Compliance Poster

OSHA is not the only government agency that requires posters to be visible to all employees.  Department of Labor and EEO also have requirements and failure to display proper posters can result in huge fines.  Be sure that your postings are in compliance and visible to your employees.  This can be in a lunchroom or [...]

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White House Unveils Efforts to ‘Upskill America’

White House Summit Focuses on upskilling U.S. workers Source: White House Unveils Efforts to ‘Upskill America’ FINALLY- Training for trades and skills.  Not everyone wants, can afford or is interested in college.  Not all jobs require college.  With an aging workforce and no extensive training programs, jobs are not being filled and companies are suffering. [...]

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FMLA -Spouse- State Rights

It is difficult to stay up to date with all of the changes regarding the FMLA law.  This brings us back to the issue that rulings should be detailed and outlined for consistency BEFORE they become law.  Leaving the interpretation to the States, Cities and businesses creates an opportunity for opposition down the line when [...]

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April 14, 2015 The Way Employees Vote for Union Representation Changes

On April 14. 2015 ALL businesses may find themselves in a defensive situation with their employees on one side and management on the other.  The NLRB has been pushing for a “quicker” unionization in the workplace procedure and has the backing of the President. Presently if employees wish to form a Union then there is [...]

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MINIMUM WAGE: In New York and in Ohio SBC OFFERINGS in Lake County Follow Pat Perry in the News Herald Affordable Care Act and Small Business

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