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Home Rule Authority in Ohio Municipalities

Ohio cities have flexibility under Ohio law to establish laws in accordance with the powers of local self-government, otherwise known as Home Rule Authority. The relevant provisions of the Ohio Constitution were enacted in 1912 and read:

Government Employers: Do Your Current Termination Practices Protect You from Procedural Due Process Claims?

What is procedural due process? Procedural due process is a constitutionally protected interest. Due to this interest, prior to any taking of life, liberty, or property by the government, United States' citizens are entitled to notice and the opportunity to be heard.

Is "Standing" Required Before Boards of Zoning Appeals?

The Board of Zoning Appeals ("BZA") of a political subdivision in Ohio is an administrative body which conducts "quasi-judicial" proceedings. BZA decisions can be appealed under Ohio Revised Code §2506.01. State ex rel. Travelcenters of Am., Inc. v. Westfield Township Zoning Comm (1999) 87 Ohio St.3d 161.

EEOC Challenges Wellness Programs

Many employers are implementing wellness programs associated with providing employees health insurance. The EEOC is concerned about wellness programs and has filed at least two complaints this year alleging that an employer's wellness program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

IRS Announces 2015 Pension Plan Limitations

On October 23, 2014, the IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2015 retirement plan contributions. For 2015, the amounts that individuals will be able to contribute to retirement plans will increase $500 to $18,000. The catch-up contribution limit for employees age 50 and over will also increase $500 to $6,000.

Putting the Money Where Its Mouth Is: DOL Funds 19 States' Independent Contractor Misclassification Crackdown

On September 15, the U.S. Department of Labor announced its award of $10.2 million in grants to 19 states to aid in their worker misclassification detection and enforcement efforts in unemployment insurance programs. Ohio is not a grant recipient, but our next door neighbor, Indiana, is receiving a hefty sum of $500,000.

Identifying Inheritance Fraud

Inheritance fraud involves using deceit or misrepresentation to obtain undeserved assets or property from a decedent. While it may sound like something that could never happen to you or anyone you know, inheritance fraud occurs more frequently that you might imagine.

Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers in America®

Coolidge Wall is privileged to announce that three of its attorneys have received special recognition in 2015 Best Lawyers in America® as "Lawyer of the Year" for a particular practice area. The "Lawyer of the Year" (LOTY) recognition is given to one attorney in each practice area in each locale.