State and Local Issues of Note

With so much of the nation’s focus these past three months on the COVID-19 pandemic – and more recently, protests over the tragic killing of George Floyd, state and local issues that can impact your business could easily be overlooked. In the hope of keeping you informed of some of those possible oversights, we advise…

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Ohio Workers Comp Board OKs Dividend

Following up on a hearing we told you about last week in Small Regular, the Ohio Board of Workers Compensation gave its blessing to a proposal of Governor Michael DeWine that the Board pay out employer dividends in the amount of $1.6 billion as a vehicle to help the state’s business community deal with the…

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Ohio Hopes For Workers Compensation Dividend

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has asked the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) to pay out employer dividends in the amount of $1.6 billion as a means to help the state’s business community survive the economic disaster resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. BWC reported that the $1.6 billion is the same amount as was paid…

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Ohio Considers Workers Comp Premium Cut

On January 28, the CEO and administrator of the Ohio Workers Compensation Commission, Stephanie McCloud, submitted a proposal reducing employer premiums for Workers Compensation insurance by an aggregate $132 million for Fiscal Year 2021. The Commission Board of Directors will decide upon the rate reduction proposal at its February 28 meeting. The 13% rate reduction…

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Ohio Petition Clears Two Hurdles

A constitutional amendment pending in Ohio moved two notches closer to the ballot this week as Attorney General David Yost approved the summary language of the proposal and state election officials certified the initial 1,000 voter signatures.  As we advised just last week, the “Raise the Wage Ohio Amendment” would increase the current $8.70 state…

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Ohio Advocates Pushing Wage Ballot Question

Union advocates in Ohio are focusing on increasing the state minimum wage of $8.70 per hour through a ballot initiative this fall. Ohioans for Raising the Wage, a group comprised of SEIU members along with others from the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio Unity Coalition and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, have filed a petition with…

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Hey, Want a Job?

We don’t need to tell you about the labor shortage in QSR restaurants. It’s probably one of the things that keeps you up at night. It’s definitely an issue for Alex Fernandez, who owns one Dunkin’ shop in St. John’s County, Florida, and five other locations in neighboring counties. With an unemployment rate of 2.8…

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Ohio on Verge of Joint Employer Exemption

Legislation has passed the Ohio state senate that exempts franchisors from joint employer status. Still subject to one final concurrence vote in the House before it is sent to the Governor for his signature, House bill 494 specifically exempts franchisors from any liability as a joint employer unless the franchisor specifically adopts joint employer status…

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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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