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January 2017 Archives

The Difference Between Divorce, Dissolution, and Collaborative Law

Our divorce and collaborative law attorneys are commonly asked what the difference is between a divorce and dissolution. They are also frequently asked about collaborative law.

Department of Labor makes major changes to overtime laws for home healthcare workers

In 1975, Congress exempted home healthcare workers providing companionship services from the overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act. What that meant was that home healthcare companies were only required to pay straight time for hours worked in excess of 40 during the week, not time and a half. Effective, January 1, 2015, though, the Department of Labor ended the long-standing overtime exemption due in large part to the dramatic shift in the provision of health care from institutions to in home services. Now, employers of direct care workers are not permitted to claim the exemption for companionship services and must pay time and half for hours worked in excess of 40 in a week to their employees.

Ohio's new red light law

A new law in Ohio allows drivers to go through red lights in certain circumstances when the light is not functioning properly. The legislature expanded Revised Code § 4511.132, which addressed operating a vehicle at an intersection with a malfunctioning traffic control signal light, to include situations where the traffic control light may be working, but the vehicle detector has failed to detect the presence of a vehicle.

What is the difference between a warrant and a summons?

Both a warrant and summons serve the same purpose - to get a person charged with a criminal or traffic offense to court. But while a warrant and summons serve the same purpose, the practical effect on the person charged can be significant.

Update: Ohio Supreme Court weighs in on the weight of cocaine

In an update to a previous blog post, the Ohio Supreme Court has decided a case that has drastic implications for how the weight of drugs, and specifically cocaine, is determined. In State v. Gonzales, the Court held that the State must prove the weight of the actual cocaine, excluding any weight of filler materials used in the mixture.

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