New Department of Labor overtime rule is expected to cost businesses a bundle

In an online article posted on February 3, 2016 by Crain's Cleveland Business and titled, "New Department of Labor overtime rule is expected to costs businesses a bundle," Patricia F. Weisberg warned employers to stay abreast of all Department of Labor changes, including anticipated overtime rule changes later this year, in order to avoid financial penalties and/or criminal charges. [More]

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Joint Employers - New interpretations could mean more employers found liable for FLSA violations

On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division ("WHD") issued guidance for businesses where two or more separate entities each have relationships with the same workers. The guidance addresses when businesses will be considered to be joint employers and, therefore, may be jointly liable for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") which governs employer pay practices. The guidance also impacts the calculation of overtime because time worked for separate entities may be added together in order to determine the amount of hours an employee works each week, thus giving rise to potential overtime claims. [More]

Ohio Supreme Court Clarifies that Taxing Authorities Must Pass Two Pieces of Legislation in Order to Place a Statutory Levy on the Ballot

On January 26, 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court decided State ex rel. Cornerstone Developers, Ltd. v. Greene Cty. Bd. of Elections, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-313. In the case, the Court ordered the Greene County Board of Elections to remove a tax levy from the March 2016 ballot because the Sugarcreek Township Board of Trustees failed to follow the statutory procedure for placing the question of a tax levy on the ballot. [More]

Ohio Supreme Court Clarifies that Taxing Authorities Must Pass Two Pieces of Legislation in Order to Place a Statutory Levy on the Ballot

On January 26, 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court decided State ex rel. Cornerstone Developers, Ltd. v. Greene Cty. Bd. of Elections, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-313. In the case, the Court ordered the Greene County Board of Elections to remove a tax levy from the March 2016 ballot because the Sugarcreek Township Board of Trustees failed to follow the statutory procedure for placing the question of a tax levy on the ballot. [More]

"Ban the Box" for Public Employers in Ohio

In late December 2015, Governor John Kasich signed a law that prohibits public employers, including townships, villages, municipal corporations, and public school districts, from asking questions about an applicant's criminal background on their job applications. Under the new law, the Fair Hiring Act, public employers are permitted to conduct background checks, but they can only do so later in the application process. The law takes effect March 23, 2016. [More]

Local Commercial Real Estate Market Ramps Up for RNC

The local commercial real estate market continues to prosper and grow. Vacancies, on the whole, are generally down and new construction is ever expanding. Across the region deals are getting done. Leading the charge in new development is the hospitality industry which is largely energized by the need for greater capacity in order to handle demand from the upcoming Republican National Convention (RNC). The term "hotel mania" aptly describes the surge in new and renovated hotels in and around the downtown area. In 2016, we can expect to see all of those hotels coming online before the start of the Convention in July. [More]