May 21st, 2019

Walmart Reaches 6th Anniversary of Veterans Welcome Home Commitment; Announces 7,083 Veteran Hires in Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH, May 21, 2019 – Walmart today celebrated the 6th anniversary of its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment with the announcement of more than 226,000 veteran hires since its launch in 2013, including 7,083 in Ohio. The Veterans Welcome Home Commitment guarantees a job offer to any eligible, honorably discharged U.S. veteran. “Veterans bring their strong value systems and […]

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April 12th, 2019

OSHA Increases Penalties

As of January 23, 2019, the penalties for violation of OSHA standards and regulations have increased.  Below are the maximum penalty amounts, adjusted for inflation.  The increase is due to the enactment of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (e.g., Inflation Adjustment Act).

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April 12th, 2019

20% Reduction in BWC Rates for Private Employers

Ohio private employers will receive a 20 percent reduction in the average premium rates beginning July 1, 2019.  BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud said several factors make the reduction possible, including safer workplaces, fewer and less costly workplace injury claims and low medical cost inflation. Claims have fallen 18 percent since 2010 to 85,136 in 2018. […]

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March 13th, 2019

Time Is Running Out to File Real Estate Tax Appeals in Ohio

Property taxes are frequently the largest non-productive expense incurred by property owners, and proactive management of this expense may result in increased profitability. Now is the time to review your tax assessments to make sure that each property is valued appropriately and that you are paying your fair share, and only your fair share, of […]

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March 13th, 2019

H-1B Visa Lottery (Fiscal Year 2020): Important Changes to the Application Process

This year, new regulations were enacted to amend the H-1B lottery process.  DHS anticipates that the new procedures will result in granting more H-1B visas to beneficiaries with advanced degrees (U.S. master’s degree or higher), thus rewarding the “most-skilled and highest-paid” in support of the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order.   At the […]

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March 7th, 2019

Unemployment Cost Control

Unemployment Cost Control – The highest experience rate for Ohio employers increased from 9.0% in 2018 to 9.2% in 2019.  As this figure varies from year to year, so will the rate brackets within the annual rate schedule created by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).  This variable factor and the cost […]

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