Could Safer Screening & Hiring PracticesHave Prevented Navy Yard Shooting?

Employers Are Ultimately Responsible For Safe Hiring When tragedy strikes, we all ask why? In the recent case of the Navy Yard shooting, many are asking, “why did the background screening of Aaron Alexis tragically fail?” “I don’t think the background check failed; I think the process failed,” Jason Morris, president of background-screening provider EmployeeScreenIQ, …Read More

Implementing An Effective Workplace Violence Program

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is committed to using all of its inspection and enforcement authority to compel employers to anticipate and avoid incidents of workplace violence. OSHA’s past and present inspections, citations and large fines demonstrate that it is not hesitant to use that authority. The prudent employer acts in advance. That employer protects …Read More

Important Employer Benefits Withholding Changes Take Effect September 16For Married Same Sex Couples

As of September 16, 2013, employers must treat lawfully married same sex couples as married for purposes of withholding and benefits. Individuals may amend their open tax returns (generally 2010 through 2012) to change their filing status if validly married during that year. Individuals may file for a refund of any taxes paid on “imputed …Read More

Supreme Court Ruling On Spousal Rights Raises More Benefits Questions For Employers

Guidance Needed From Federal Agencies The Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor finding Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) unconstitutional has implications in many facets of law beyond domestic relations. That Section of DOMA defined “spouse” as “only a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife” …Read More

Emily Supinger Appointed To City Of Cincinnati Zoning Board Of Appeals

  Strauss Troy Attorney Emily Supinger has been appointed to a three-year term on the City of Cincinnati Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). The ZBA hears all appeals from decisions of the Zoning Hearing Examiner, decisions of the Historic Conservation Board, decisions of the City Planning Commission, the issuance of a permit or Certificate of Compliance and …Read More

New I-9 Form Now RequiredFor All New Employees

Beginning May 7th, employers are required to use a revised, two-page I-9 Form for all new hires. With immigration reform on the front burner in Washington, D.C., Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may increase the number of companies it audits. Employers who fail to comply with the new form will be subject to significant fines and …Read More

Watch Tax Attorney Joy Hall OnFox19 Friday Morning

Strauss Troy Attorney Joy Hall will share the four most common tax problems and how to file an extension at 7:50 a.m. on the Fox19 Morning News.  It’s not too late to contact Joy if you have questions about your taxes or IRS compliance.

The Employer Mandate: What You Need To Know About Increased Worker Classification Scrutiny

As a business owner, you have likely followed news coverage of the Supreme Court arguments regarding the Affordable Care Act, and are interested to find out which provisions might be affected. One of the more controversial provisions of the Affordable Care Act is the Employer Mandate, which provides that business owners with at least 50 …Read More

401(K) Plan Fee Disclosure Requires Closer Look By Employers

Employers sponsoring 401(k) plans have been hearing from their investment advisors about “fee disclosures” that have to be given to plan participants who choose their own investments in the company plan. The goal of these IRS regulations, now effective July 1, 2012, after having been delayed several times, is to arm investors with information about …Read More

Business-Oriented Human Resources Audits Are Both Preventive And Proactive

John Fischer, Labor & Employment Law, Developing Labor Law Text Book

The most successful companies foresee, plan for, and take advantage of business opportunities before their competition. They also identify and make sure that they are well-prepared to avoid, or manage successfully, potential future problems, including legal problems, which could sabotage their taking full advantage of current or future business opportunities. Strauss Troy’s approach to conducting …Read More