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

Cameron Downer Joins FGKS

Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk, A Legal Professional Association, Sidney, Ohio, is proud to announce that Cameron C. Downer recently became an associate at the firm. Mr. Downer graduated magna cum laude from The Ohio State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Studies, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati, College of Law in 2015. While at the University of Cincinnati, Mr. Downer was an Editor for the University of Cincinnati Law … Continued

New 2015 Country Commercial Export Guides

On November 10, 2015, the United States Department of Commerce released its new Country Commercial Export Guides. These new Guides are helpful to both large corporations and smaller growth companies with overseas capabilities. The new 2015 Guides cover 124 countries and are a great starting point if your corporation is looking to export overseas. Each of over the 124 country Guides contain roughly 70 articles and can help your corporation or business find opportunities more quickly in not only popular … Continued

Craig Albers Joins FGKS

Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk, A Legal Professional Association, Sidney, Ohio, is proud to announce that Craig T. Albers recently became an associate at the firm. Mr. Albers graduated from Wright State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Finance, and graduated from Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law in 2013.  While at Ohio Northern University, Mr. Albers was an Editor for the Ohio Northern University Law Review.  He received his CPA license in … Continued