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College Savings Before Your Student is Born: Qualified Tuition Plans to Educate Family Members from Kindergarten to Grad School

By James Lanham   |  January 14, 2019

Most new parents are aware that college for their newborns could easily cost over $100,000 per year by the time Junior matriculates. One solution to ever escalating educational costs is start college savings before Junior is born by investing in a tax-free Section 529 Qualified Tuition Plan. 

CCJ Announces Newest Member, Jacob E. Dean

January 10, 2019

Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd. ("CCJ") is pleased to announce the admission of Jacob E. Dean as the newest Member of the Firm, effective January 1, 2019.

Notable Changes to the VA Pension Benefit

By Nicole Hawks   |  January 8, 2019

Massive changes to the rules and regulations relating to certain VA pension benefits were implemented on October 18, 2018. The affected VA pension benefits are commonly known as the "Aid and Attendance" benefits.

I quit. Now can I have my vacation pay?

By Robert Gorman   |  December 10, 2018

Employment attorneys are commonly asked whether a company is required to pay employees for unused vacation days when the workers leave. The answer is a definite "maybe."

The Drone Evolution

By Kim Rose   |  November 1, 2018

The law concerning drones changes almost daily and is often subject to inappropriate and incorrect interpretation by the so called "internet experts."

Title VII Protects Transgender and Transitioning Transgender Individuals in the Workplace

By Susan Baker   |  October 26, 2018

On March 7, 2018, the Sixth Circuit of the Federal Court of Appeals, which includes Ohio, was the first federal appellate court to explicitly hold that Title VII, the federal anti-discrimination statute, extends specifically to transgender and transitioning employees.

OSHA Clarifies that Safety Incentives and Post Incident Drug Testing ARE Permitted

By Susan Baker   |  October 16, 2018

In May 2016, as part of its rule revisions, OSHA published a final rule that prohibited employers from retaliating against their employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses. OSHA interpreted this provision to apply to workplace safety incentive programs and post-incident drug testing policies. The rule caused considerable uncertainty as to whether OSHA would deem such programs and drug testing to be retaliatory.

Everyone Needs Estate Planning

By Patrick Noser   |  October 4, 2018

A common misunderstanding is that only wealthy people need wills. Just the words "estate planning," make the process sound more daunting—and expensive—than it really is.

Medical Marijuana: Employer Rights

By Susan Baker   |  September 24, 2018

Ohio Revised code 3796 establishes the parameters for the sale and distribution of medical marijuana. Although it was passed in 2016, the effective date has been extended twice. Most recently the September 8, 2018 date was extended and it is unclear when the law will be effective. There are reports that it will be effective within weeks of that date, however no definitive date has yet been announced.

Tips For Clients Conducting Accident Investigations

By Adam Landon   |  September 10, 2018

Unfortunately, accidents and resulting injuries are a part of life. While businesses and individuals can take steps to limit the likelihood of such events, should one occur, there are steps to be taken to properly investigate in hopes of determining the cause and preventing future incidents.

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