Client Alert – Overtime Rule Struck

Employment Law Update September 2017 A federal judge in Texas recently struck down the Obama-era overtime rule that would have likely resulted in the expansion of overtime pay to millions of currently exempt employees. The proposed rule would have raised the minimum salary necessary for an employee to be exempt from overtime compensation from $23,660 to $47,476. While the Texas judge concluded that the Department of Labor had the authority to modify the minimum salary threshold for overtime compensation, he … Continued

2017 FGKS Scholarship Recipients

Leadership Scholarships Awarded The law firm of Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk has announced the 2017 awarding of Leadership Scholarships to five high school graduates: NourEddine Hijazi (Sidney High School), who will attend Wright State University;  John-Henry Frantz (Lehman Catholic High School), who will attend Franciscan University of Steubenville;  Jonathan Niemeyer (Minster High School), who will attend Columbus State University;  Aliya Holdheide (Ft. Loramie High School), who will attend The University of Toledo;  and Alyssa Jones (Piqua High School), who … Continued

Client Alert – OSHA Reporting Reqs. Delayed

Employment Law Update June 2017 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently decided to delay the compliance deadline for its rule requiring certain employers to electronically submit worker illness and injury data to the agency. OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements website states that: “OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to submit the … Continued

Client Alert – Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Employment Law Update May 2017 In a significant decision that expands the rights of employees, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, recently ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The case, Kimberly Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, No. 15-1720 (7th Cir. April 4, 2017), is the first, and at this time the … Continued

Client Alert – Firearms in Employee Vehicles

Employment Law Update January 2017 On December 19, 2016, Governor Kasich signed into law Ohio Senate Bill 199, which has the effect of expanding the rights of those who possess a valid concealed carry license in Ohio. Of primary concern for private employers in Ohio is a provision that allows concealed carry licensees to store guns in their privately-owned vehicles while on their employer’s property. The law is scheduled to go into effect on or around March 19, 2017. The … Continued

Client Alert – Overtime Injunction

Employment Law Update November 2016 Yesterday evening, a federal judge in Texas issued a decision blocking the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new overtime rule, which would have expanded overtime pay to an estimated 4.2 million workers across the United States.  The new rule, which was slated to take effect on December 1, would have made overtime available to employees earning less than $47,476 per year, more than doubling the current threshold of $23,660 per year.  The Texas … Continued

Client Alert – Ohio Medical Marijuana

Employment Law Update August 2016 Governor Kasich signed Ohio HB 523 on June 8, 2016, legalizing the use of medical marijuana in Ohio in limited circumstances.  Although the law technically goes into effect on September 6, 2016, the bill outlines a number of steps that must occur before Ohio’s medical marijuana program is fully established, which could take up to two years.  Nevertheless, it is important for employers to understand what impact this law will have on its substance abuse … Continued

Client Alert – OSHA Post-Injury Drug Testing

Employment Law Update August 2016 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently published its final rule to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.”  While the stated purpose of the rule is to impose electronic reporting requirements on certain employers for purposes of recordable workplace injuries and illnesses, perhaps the biggest impact of the rule will be on post-accident drug testing.  The rule requires employers to establish a “reasonable procedure” to report work-related injuries and illnesses promptly and accurately.  … Continued

2016 FGKS Scholarship Recipients

Leadership Scholarships Awarded The law firm of Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk has announced the 2016 awarding of Leadership Scholarships to five high school graduates:  Shelby Baker (Sidney High School), who will attend The University of Kentucky; Nate Bosway (Lehman Catholic High School), who will attend Miami University; Jared Thobe (Minster High School), who will attend The University of Cincinnati; Makenna Geise (Ft. Loramie High School), who will attend Bowling Green State University; and Trevor Snapp (Piqua High School), who … Continued

Client Alert – DOL Minimum Salary Increase

Employment Law Update May 2016 On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) released information about its Final Rule regarding the much anticipated increase of the minimum salary necessary to qualify for certain exemptions from the overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The effective date of the Final Rule is December 1, 2016. The new DOL rule would increase the minimum salary for exempt employees to $47,476 a year, or $913 a week. This is a substantial … Continued