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Toledo Legal News - News Ohio’s new unemployment insurance tax system is live

 

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is announcing Ohio’s new unemployment insurance tax system for employers is now live as of today. The SOURCE (State of Ohio Unemployment Resource for Claimants and Employers) will replace the current unemployment insurance tax system, the Employer Resource Information Center, which is more than 10 years old. The SOURCE is also scheduled to replace the 17-year-old Ohio Job Insurance benefits system and RC Express, the legacy unemployment appeals system, late next year.

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Buyer beware: 4 tips for buying new products from online marketplaces

(BPT) During the holiday season, shoppers everywhere are hunting for great bargains and unique items online. Today's online marketplaces - where anyone can buy or sell new items - are numerous, offering a wide variety of products. Examples include eBay, Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp and Swappa, just to name a few. But savvy buyers should be aware there are risks involved when buying from any of these types of marketplaces - including ending up with stolen or counterfeit merchandise, receiving an item that's different from what you ordered, or never receiving it at all.

Date Published: January 26, 2022

Division of Forestry provides more than $40k to support prescribed fire in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry is a leader in promoting and using prescribed fire as a resource management tool in Ohio. Sixteen projects in 13 counties will be made possible through the Prescribed Fire Supplies, Tools, Education, and Personal Protective Equipment (STEP) Grant program.

Date Published: January 26, 2022

IBA releases statement defending principle of lawyer-client confidentiality from international attack

The International Bar Association (IBA) has released a statement in defense of lawyer-client confidentiality, following a number of recent attacks on the principle from high-profile international organizations. The statement, with forewords by the Rt Hon Lord David Neuberger, Former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and Judge Lars Bay Larsen, of the Court of Justice of the European Union, was compiled by a specially assembled IBA presidential taskforce that seeks to:

Date Published: January 25, 2022

Improper Medicaid payments to prisoners and deceased top $118 million

The Ohio Department of Medicaid failed to recoup more than $118.5 million in erroneous duplicate payments or improperly paid for the managed care of prison inmates and deceased residents over a three-year period, according to a formal review of spending released recently by Auditor of State Keith Faber.

Date Published: January 25, 2022

Former investment advisor pleads guilty to stealing more than $9.3 million in Ponzi scheme

U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that Tara M. Brunst, 47, of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, pleaded guilty in federal court recently to participating in an investment fraud scheme that stole approximately $9.3 million from clients. Brunst pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, mail fraud and three counts of wire fraud.

Date Published: January 24, 2022

New Ohio legislative district maps unconstitutional

New maps for Ohio House and Senate districts must be re-drawn. The Supreme Court of Ohio ruled recently that the maps do not meet voter-approved provisions of the Ohio Constitution to reduce partisan political gerrymandering.

Date Published: January 24, 2022

Ohio’s proposed fall 2022 wild turkey hunting season reduced by three weeks

Biologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife recommended a major reduction to the 2022 fall wild turkey hunting season during the Ohio Wildlife Council’s regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Under the proposal received Wednesday, Ohio’s fall wild turkey season would begin on Saturday, Oct. 15 and conclude on Sunday, Nov. 13, a reduction of three weeks when compared to the 2021 fall season.

Date Published: January 24, 2022

Big Lots to open 500 new stores

Columbus-based retailer Big Lots announced earlier this week that it plans to open approximately 500 new stores nationwide in the next few years.

Date Published: January 21, 2022

Ohio’s deer hunters have successful muzzleloader season

Ohio hunters completed the 2022 muzzleloader season with 12,141 deer checked from Saturday, Jan. 8 to Tuesday, Jan. 11, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Over the past three years, an average of 11,501 deer were taken with a muzzleloader during the same four-day period.

Date Published: January 21, 2022

DOJ and Agriculture department issue shared principles and commitments to protect against unfair and anticompetitive practices

Speaking at a White House event focused on competition in agriculture, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently expressed their shared commitment to effectively enforcing federal competition laws that protect farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural producers and growers from unfair and anticompetitive practices, including the antitrust laws and the Packers and Stockyards Act. The Department of Justice and Department of Agriculture (USDA) are already working together to support their respective enforcement efforts under these laws. As one step in that continuing process they released the following statement of principles and commitments:

Date Published: January 20, 2022

How 529 investments work over time

When you start saving for college with Ohio’s 529 Plan, CollegeAdvantage, you are planning ahead to pay for your children’s future higher education expenses. You are also counting on your 529 contributions to grow as your child grows to cover those costs. While enjoying the expansion of your Ohio 529 account through tax-free earnings, you are relying on your investments to grow, too. If you are wondering how the investments in your 529 work, there are a few major factors involved.

Date Published: January 20, 2022

ODJFS announces improvements to Step Up To Quality child care program

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Matt Damschroder recently announced improvements to Ohio’s Step Up To Quality program (SUTQ). SUTQ is Ohio’s quality rating and improvement system for child care. In vetoing a temporary suspension of SUTQ in Amended Sub. House Bill 169 last month, Governor Mike DeWine directed ODJFS to reduce bureaucracy associated with the program.