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

IRS Extends Affordable Care Act Deadlines

On December 28, 2015, the IRS extended the distribution and filing deadlines for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements set forth in Sections 6055 and 6056 of the Internal Revenue Code. Section 6055 of the Code requires health coverage providers to distribute forms to covered individuals which show the months the individuals were covered by “minimum essential coverage.” The deadline to comply with Section 6055 has been extended from February 1, 2016, to March 31, 2016. Section 6056 of the Code … Continued

FGKS Named One of Dayton Area’s Top Firms

FGKS is proud to announce that, once again, it has been named one of the Dayton area’s top law firms in 2015. The Dayton Business Journal’s list of top firms was published on December 18th and ranks firms based upon the number of local attorneys and employees. For more information, visit the Dayton Business Journal website. .

New FLSA Overtime Rules Delayed

The U.S. Labor Department’s most-recent semi-annual regulatory agenda shows that the new proposed changes to the FLSA overtime requirements have been delayed. The “Final Rule” time frame for the revised regulations defining the federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s Section 13(a)(1) exemptions is July 2016. Of course, it is not uncommon for the Labor Department to fail to meet the target dates given in these agendas. So exactly when the new regulations will be released remains uncertain. If the “Final Rule” … Continued