Strauss Troy Hosts Summer Work ExperienceIn Law (SWEL) Opening Reception

Strauss Troy hosted the Summer Work Experience in Law (SWEL) opening reception in its Cincinnati office on June 5th. The SWEL program provides paid placements for minority high school and college students to gain first-hand experience in the field of law. Students are placed with private firms, corporate law departments, municipal law departments, and with …Read More

Bitcoin’s Future And IRS Tax Compliance

The dirge for bitcoin may have been a bit premature. Just last week, Dish Network announced that it will begin accepting bitcoin as a form of payment later this year. Bitcoin mining hardware manufacturer, BitFury, also just announced $20 million in new financing that it’ll use to further strengthen its international market presence while accelerating …Read More

When Are Unpaid Internships Legal & Right? Learn How Both Organization& Student Can Benefit

Internships are great avenues toward a career – they give you experience, training and an impressive block of text on your resume. Are these benefits really worth free labor from the student’s perspective, and is the free labor legal? Here’s what you need to know. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), there are six different circumstances under …Read More

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

Buyers of Defunct Companies’ Assets May Face Unwelcome Surprise

Strauss Troy Labor And Employment Attorney John Fischer To Present

If you buy a defunct company, from its bank or out of receivership or bankruptcy, make sure that you aren’t liable for any actual, or alleged, labor and employment law violations of the old company. The burden of proof is on you — even with an asset purchase and hold-harmless agreements. Federal courts can simply ignore these.
Often, labor and employment law’s “federal successor liability rules” actually trump state business laws and contracts designed to protect buyers.

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