Legal Updates from Ed Murray – Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty

This past summer, the Ohio General Assembly passed Substitute House Bill 27. In July, the Bill was signed into the Law by Governor Kasich and became effective as of September 29, 2017.

One important change included in the Statue was a reduction of the Statute of Limitations for filing injury or death claims. Under prior Law, an injured employee was required to provide written notice of an injury or death claim within two years of the date of injury or death. The new Law, codified in Ohio Revised Code § 4123.84, now provides that all claims for death or injury benefits shall be forever barred unless the claim is filed within one year of the date of injury or death. As a result of this legislative change, the Ohio Statute of Limitations for filing injury or death claims has now been shortened to one year. Employees who fail to provide timely notice of their claim will now be barred from recovery if that notice is not provided within the shortened, on-year Statute of Limitations. The new, revised Statute still requires that an

employee provide notice of a specific body part claimed to have been injured. The new shortened Statute of Limitations will protect employers from the difficulty of defending against claims that are filed well after the date of injury.

**ATHENA SCHOLARSHIP UPDATE**

With generous support from the Alliance community, the Athena Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 by the Woman of the Year and Athena Leadership award recipients.   In collaboration with the Alliance Chamber of Commerce, a charitable fund agreement was set up with the Greater Alliance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.  Based on the same criteria as the Athena award, the scholarship is presented to a graduating female high school senior who exemplifies community service, academic achievement and leadership potential.  The honoree must reside within Alliance City, Marlington Local, Sebring or West Branch Local School Districts, and must attend and anticipate graduation from one of those schools, or from St. Thomas Aquinas.

To date, four scholarships have been awarded:

2014     Alexandrea Garrett     West Branch     NEOMed

2015     Alexis Austin                 Alliance             Capital University

2016     Alyssa Powers              Marlington        University of Akron

2017     Kaylen Sanor                West Branch     Ashland University

The scholarship is paid directly from the Greater Alliance Foundation to the college, university, or other educational institution in which the recipient is enrolled.  Celebrate with us at the upcoming chamber annual dinner in February 2018, when the next Athena Scholarship recipient will be announced!

It is hoped that this scholarship, awarded annually, will continue in perpetuity.  Please consider this worthwhile initiative in your year-end charitable giving.  Your tax deductible check is payable to the Greater Alliance Foundation.  Write “Athena Scholarship” on the memo line and mail the check to the Foundation office:  960 W State Street, Suite 130, Alliance, OH 44601.  Or simply go to:  www.GreaterAllianceFoundation.org and donate online.  Be sure to designate “Athena Scholarship.”  Your donation can be in honor of, or in memory of a significant woman in your life……….your grandmother, mother, or aunt; a sister or daughter; perhaps a special teacher or mentor.

With sincere gratitude for your ongoing support,

From the Woman of the Year/Athena Scholarship Committee

HR Gear

HR Gear – access to business tools, forms, information and resources

The mission of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce is to support businesses and the community at large by promoting economic development. To that end, we are pleased to partner with HR Gear, to bring you this business resource, to help you stay in compliance with State and Federal Labor and Employment laws.

About HR Gear

HR Gear.com is a comprehensive, authoritative explanation of the Human Resources laws, forms, checklists, policies, model documents, trends and developments, that you will refer to every day.

HR Gear is designed to provide business owners and  managers –and their advisers–with the practical and legal information they need to effectively and efficiently deal with the many HR and other business compliance issues they encounter on a daily basis.

HR Gear explains and analyzes complicated laws and confusing acronyms, including ACA, ATRA, DOMA, COBRA, ERISA, ADA, FLSA, FMLA, HIPAA, and more.

HR Gear includes hundreds of downloadable forms, checklists, policies, posters and model documents. Plus, a popular section featuring References and Links to State and Federal Government sites, forms and information–selected by our editors and aggregated all in one place to save you time and money.

For additional information, please contact the Chamber of Commerce office.