Banned in Boston, Not in Ohio

They haven’t completely gone after straws yet, but the push to ban single use plastic bags kicks into high gear in Boston this week with the city plastic bag ban becoming effective one week from today, on December 14. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signed the measure back in December of last year after the city…

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Here’s the Bit . . . Coin!

We knew it was going to happen at some point, but now the state of Ohio has become the first state in the nation to officially offer businesses the option of paying their taxes using Bitcoin.  Starting Monday, businesses in Ohio can make their sales and withholding tax payments through OhioCrypto.com, a state-controlled site that…

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Refunding Right to Work

The legal arm of the National Right to Work Committee (NRWC) filed a couple of class action lawsuits in Ohio earlier this week. One of the cases seeks refunds of “fair share fees” taken by local affiliates of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME), while the other seeks to strike…

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Ohio Launches Worker Comp Rebate Program

On the positive side of the ledger from the perspective of the business community at least, the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has adopted the Policy Activity Rebate (PAR) program allowing businesses the opportunity to possibly lower their premiums over time. Under this particular rebate program, which will become effective on July 1 of this…

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States Still Looking To Hike Minimums

Concerted efforts to increase minimum wages across the country began with President Obama’s call for a national minimum wage of $9.00 in his 2013 State of the Union message but 5 plus years later, the mantra for still more increases continues in many states. Democratic lawmakers in Ohio are currently pushing legislation that would increase…

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Ohio Cuts Workers Compensation Premiums

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) has approved a reduction in private employer insurance premiums of 12% to be effective July 1, 2018. During its deliberations, the BWC determined that the reduction would save Ohio businesses as much as $163.5 million. Further, BWC cited a number of factors that played into the reduction, chief…

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Independent Joe #48 February/ March 2018

I have always been a big sports fan, pretty much any sport too, where the game is challenging and the skills of the players something to behold. So, it should come as no surprise that I am a fan of the Olympic Games, and while watching the dazzling opening ceremony, I had a bit of…

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Court Rulings on Franchise Issues

There were a couple of cases decided recently that we thought would be worth bringing to your attention. The first involved a question of choice of law and forum selection that originated in Ohio and transferred to the Arizona federal court. In its decision, the Arizona court invalidated a choice of law and venue provision…

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Ohio Tax Amnesty Announced

Speaking of Ohio and taxes, the state Department of Taxation announced a tax amnesty program that was approved by the legislature as part of the FY18 budget debate and signed by Governor John Kasich earlier this fall. The amnesty program will be available to individuals and businesses with unreported and/or under-reported income beginning on January…

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