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

2015 FGKS Scholarship Recipients

Leadership Scholarships Awarded The law firm of Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk has announced the 2015 awarding of Leadership Scholarships to five high school graduates:  Alexis Hall (Sidney High School), who will attend The Ohio State University; Kaitlin Gillman (Lehman Catholic High School), who will attend Wright State University; Logan Arnold (Minster High School), who will attend The University of Cincinnati; Caleb Hoelscher (Ft. Loramie High School), who will attend Taylor University in Indiana; and Kailey Byers (Piqua High School), … Continued

Client Alert – BWC Class Action

  Employment Law Update September 2014   You may have recently received a Sworn Proof of Claim form from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (“BWC’) in regard to a $420 million refund program the BWC is administering. More than 270,000 Ohio employers are eligible to participate in this BWC refund program; however, all eligible employers must apply for a refund by October 22, 2014. In order to be an eligible employer, your company must have paid premiums to the … Continued

Client Alert – Unpaid Interns

  Employment Law Update June 2014 This Client Alert affects all businesses that employ “unpaid interns” for summer or seasonal work and their potential liability for minimum wage and overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and related Ohio laws. On June 11, 2013, in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., a NY federal district judge held that two individuals working on the set of the film Black Swan had been improperly classified as unpaid interns. As a … Continued