At the beginning of each fiscal year, which starts October 1, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services makes available an allocation of new H-1B visas. The number of these new visas that are available each year is capped at approximately 65,000.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr. recently granted a motion to dismiss qui tam claims from two relators who alleged that Lockheed Martin violated the False Claims Act by inflating the reported number of hours its employees worked on government contracts.
Zachary Brumfield, a staff attorney in the Vorys Columbus office, authored an article for the March 2013 edition of the Real Estate Law Journal. The article focused on how the new FHFA short sale rules promote economic efficiency.
Recent government guidance addresses permissible employee cost sharing under your company's group health plan. This Vorys Client Alert summarizes what you need to know about out-of-pocket limits, annual and lifetime dollar limits, first dollar preventive care, and tobacco surcharges.
Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule implementing and interpreting changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) enacted by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act. The final rule will take effect on March 8, 2013.
On February 12, 2013, the Ohio General Assembly released the "As Introduced" version of House Bill 59 (the Bill), which is the operating budget bill for state fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The Bill contains significant tax reform elements.
Ohio Governor John Kasich's FY 2014-2015 biennial budget bill was introduced this week. Weighing 22 pounds in print, covering over 4,200 pages and containing almost 130,000 lines of text, the bill does not lack in length or ambition.
Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, of counsel in the firm’s Columbus office who before joining Vorys served for 16 years on the Ohio Supreme Court, authored an op-ed for the Columbus Dispatch in support of Ohio Senate Bill 350. According to her op-ed, the proposed legislation would allow probate judges to order outpatient treatment for somebody who does not need a full, expensive and often unavailable hospitalization.
The new year has brought with it several permanent changes to the state and federal estate tax laws. These changes will have a major impact on estates and the terms of estate planning documents on a going forward basis.
The Ohio EPA has proposed a new exemption from its Stage II vapor recovery requirements for new gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs) that install low permeation hoses and notify the Ohio EPA of their intent to comply with the requirements of the new rule.
G. Ross Bridgman, a partner in the Columbus office and chair of the Vorys health care group, co-authored an article with Scott R. Mote, the executive director of Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program, for the January/February 2013 edition of the American Bar Association's GP Solo.
Jackie Ford, a partner in the Vorys Houston and Columbus offices, authored an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle about a proposed Texas law that would prohibit employers from asking employees and job seekers for passwords to their social media accounts
This article, published in The Evaluator, explains tax reforms endorsed by the OSBA Council of Delegates. These reforms are focused on efforts to both improve the efficiency of the BTA while also addressing several areas of concern with the operation of the BTA.