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Paperless Personnel Files

By Peggy Schmitz   |  March 2, 2016

Have you thought about "going paperless" with your personnel files? You are not alone! Before you shred your documents, however, consider these tips. GeneWith a few exceptions, as discussed below, it is not necessary to retain hard copies of your HR records. Electronic storage of personnel records is becoming more and more popular, and is legally permissible

2016: An Important Year for Ohio Mineral Rights

By Clint Leibolt   |  February 22, 2016

Ownership of valuable mineral rights for many Ohioans is in limbo, pending numerous cases before the Ohio Supreme Court. Many of these cases arise from either the 1989 version of the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act, or the 2006 amendment.

Providing for Pets in Your Estate Planning

By James Lanham   |  February 3, 2016

The bottom line for pet estate planning is that four legged friends may be some of your most important possessions while you live, so consider providing for their keep when you are no longer able to care for Fluffy or Fido.

Smart Phone Use and Overtime Pay

By Susan Baker   |  January 29, 2016

Did you miss the email? There is finally a decision from a federal court regarding the question of whether or not employers must pay overtime to non-exempt employees for

Do I Have To Pay When My Employee Is Injured Because of Another's Negligence?

By Susan Baker   |  January 18, 2016

In early December 2015, the Ohio House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass House Bill 207 which contains a significant change to Ohio's workers compensation subrogation statute.

Proposed Regulations to Overhaul Overtime Law

By Tricia Pycraft   |  December 7, 2015

In June 2015, the United States Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would update and revise overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According to the proposed regulation, it is designed to update the salary level to ensure that the FLSA’s intended overtime protections are fully implemented, and to simplify the identification of nonexempt employees, in order to make the exemptions easier for employers and employees to understand.


By James Lanham   |  November 2, 2015

If your trust was drafted before 2013, it would be prudent to review it with your attorney to ensure that you can have your cake and eat it too!

Client Alert - Independent Contractor Arrangements

By Kimberly Hall   |  August 12, 2015

The classification of employees as independent contractors is being increasingly scrutinized by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. Employers need to evaluate independent contractor agreements for compliance with the law.

Employee Documents; Keep or Shred

By Susan Baker   |  July 21, 2015

Here is a quick reference guide you can keep to remind yourself when it is permissible to destroy a record.Have you ever wondered how long you need to keep a document related to your employees?

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