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FDAR Attorneys Prevail in Federal Jury Trial

FDAR attorneys, Daniel Downey and Melanie Williamson, secured a defense verdict in federal court in the United States Southern District of Ohio following a six-day jury trial. The jury found that the Delaware County Sheriff’s deputies represented by FDAR did not violate the Plaintiff’s constitutional rights. The case stemmed from events that took place on [...]

2020-01-06T16:11:59-05:00January 14th, 2019|Latest News, Newsletter, Trial Successes|

Workplace Violence Prevention: Quick Tips

Employers nationwide are facing more frequent internal and external workplace violence incidents. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workplace violence is a serious threat affecting nearly two million Americans each year. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults, affecting employees, clients, customers, and visitors. It is crucial for employers to [...]

2019-01-15T14:14:32-05:00January 14th, 2019|Newsletter|

OAG Opines on Control & Financing of Courthouse Security

On November 9, 2018, the Ohio Attorney General issued an opinion regarding a county sheriff’s authority to control the provision of security in a courthouse that is used to house the court of common pleas, as well as other county officers. OAG Opinion 2018-027. The opinion explains the role of the county sheriff, board of [...]

2019-01-15T10:53:35-05:00January 14th, 2019|Newsletter|

FSA, HSA and HDHP Changes for 2019

It is vital for employers and employees dealing with the ever-increasing cost of health care and insurance to stay updated on the yearly changes to contribution limits, minimums and maximums.  The 2019 changes for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) may be small, but are still important [...]

2019-01-14T14:30:43-05:00January 14th, 2019|Newsletter|

EEOC Ditches Incentive Limits for Wellness Programs

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) revoked a previous rule establishing incentive limits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Genetic Information Non-Disclosure Act (GINA) wellness regulations.  This action follows a previous federal court decision vacating the incentive sections of the ADA and GINA wellness rules. Wellness programs are regulated in part [...]

2019-01-15T09:50:35-05:00January 14th, 2019|Newsletter|

BWC Launches $4 Million Grant Program for Educational Facilities

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has announced a new grant program available to Ohio educational facilities aimed at improving school safety. The program makes available $4 million dollars for specific safety and security facility upgrades as well as the purchase of certain safety-related items. The $4 million set-aside comes in addition to a $4 [...]

2019-01-15T10:07:31-05:00January 14th, 2019|Newsletter|

SCOTUS Rules ADEA Applies to All Public Employers

On November 6, 2018, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) applies to all government employers, regardless of how many employees they employ. Mount Lemmon Fire Dist. v. Guido, 139 S. Ct. 22 (2018). The ADEA prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants and employees age 40 and [...]

2019-01-14T14:26:31-05:00January 14th, 2019|Newsletter|