Last week, EPIC Toledo members gathered at Manhattan's Pub 'N Cheer in Downtown Toledo for our monthly Social. We partnered with Food for Thought to make lunches for Toledo area residents. Socials are an opportunity for our members to meet new people and connect over complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. We will be announcing 2017 EPIC Toledo events on www.epictoledo.com soon!
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Tour de Force, Inc., celebrating 15 years of business this year, develops, sells, implements, and supports the Tour de Force suite of CRM (customer relationship management) and BI (business intelligence) software solutions. Their solutions provide the tools and features that sales organizations need to be more efficient and more effective.
By: Jim Yates & Sarah Pawlicki, Eastman & Smith Ltd.
On May 12, 2016 OSHA issued a final rule revising its recordkeeping and reporting of occupational injuries and illnesses requirements. In addition to requiring electronic submission of workplace injury and illness information, the regulations include new employer requirements regarding creating and communicating procedures for reporting workplace injury and illnesses and new prohibitions regarding discrimination against an employee for reporting a workplace injury or illness. These revisions will require employers to review and revise several policies and procedures.
By: Brian Dicken, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Members of the Tax Committee had a discussion with Congressman Jim Renacci, representative of Ohio’s 16th congressional district and member of the House Budget Committee and House Ways and Means Committee. He outlined his federal tax reform plan and shared some of the challenges for implementing significant tax policy reforms. Members of the committee provided feedback on a number of issues presented. He has also been an advocate for an annual Fiscal State of the Union address similar to the President’s State of the Union address. Information about his tax proposal can be found at http://renacci.house.gov/index.cfm/simplifying-americas-tax-system.
The 2016 EPIC Toledo Leadership Summit was a huge success. Thank you to everyone that helped with the event, especially our featured speakers, sponsors, the Summit Committee, and the EPIC Toledo Advisory Council.
By: Attorney Jim Yates, Eastman & Smith Ltd.
On November 22, 2016, a federal district court judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking the implementation and enforcement of the Department of Labor’s Final Rule dramatically increasing the minimum salary level for exempt employees from $455 per week to $913 per week. The Final Rule was challenged by 21 states and numerous groups representing businesses. In his order, Judge Amos Mazzant, ruled that Congress intended the executive, administrative and
professional exemptions to “depend on an employee’s duties rather than an employee’s salary” and the Final Rule “exceeds its delegated authority and ignores Congress’s intent by raising the minimum salary level such that it supplants the duties test.” The Department of Labor had repeatedly commented that over 4 million currently exempt workers would automatically become non-exempt due to the salary level increase. According to Judge Mazzant, “if Congress intended the salary requirement to supplant the duties test, then Congress and not the Department, should make that change.”
While this preliminary ruling is subject to further consideration and appeal, the new regulations will not be going into effect December 1, 2016, if at all. Stay tuned for further developments on this and other labor and employment issues.
Disclaimer: The article in this publication has been prepared by Eastman & Smith Ltd. for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney/client relationship.
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By: Brian Dicken, VP Advocacy and Public Policy, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
The results are in. Now what?
Most of the attention over the past 6 months or so has been focused on the presidential election. While it is significant, many times it is the local and state elected officials and property taxes that have a great impact on your business.
By: Emily Dammeyer, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Toledo Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was recognized as the Top Jobs Creator in the Ohio SBDC Statewide Network for the fiscal year 2016. The Statewide network consists of 28 centers, and the Toledo SBDC created nearly 500 jobs. The award is given based on metrics provided by clients of the SBDC. Clients must validate that the jobs were created in the community and attribute growth of their company to the help they received from the SBDC.