Legal Insights | Fall 2017 | Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper LLC
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Workers' compensation changes
Workers' compensation changes should benefit employers
Recent modifications streamline process in most cases

Several significant revisions in workers' compensation laws, such as a reduced statute of limitations for claims, allowing the handicap reimbursement program to be applied to settlements and excluding non-at-fault accident claims from experience ratings, should have a positive impact, according to Amy Hamilton.

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Ohio quietly eliminates automatic right to appeal decisions of Board of Tax Appeals to Ohio Supreme Court
Property owners concerned over potentially inconsistent rulings

A significant but little-noticed change to Ohio's tax appeals procedures quietly went into effect this fall. Matthew T. Fitzsimmons explains that rather than an automatic appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court, taxpayers must now appeal a Board of Tax Appeals decision to the appropriate District Court of Appeals where the property or taxpayer are located.

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U.S. steps up efforts to review social media use of immigrants and visitors

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented a new rule to systematize its monitoring of social media use by intending immigrants and travelers to the United States. The rule raises the specter of the government regularly reviewing social media posts of immigrants and their communications with U.S. citizens—and putting into stark focus the ongoing tension between privacy and national security interests, writes Bradley L. Ortman.

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Firm News
article divider Brad Ortman spoke on "What is the Future of NAFTA—the North American Free Trade Agreement" before the International Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
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Rick Cooper conducted a seminar last month on estate planning and charitable giving for the Greater Cleveland Foodbank, discussing fresh insights such as uses and roles of a trust and of charitable contribution options.
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Matt Fitzsimmons was the featured speaker at the September 11 meeting of the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Club to commemorate the sixteenth anniversary of 9/11. Fitzsimmons, who was born and raised in New York City, and comes from three generations of New York firefighters, spoke about how the events of 9/11 impacted his family and friends in the city. His brother Pat was an FDNY lieutenant who responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11 and remained there for three weeks, 16 hours a day, searching for survivors and victims.

The Beach Cliff Beacon published an article by Fitzsimmons on continuing developments in federal overtime regulations in its October 2017 issue.
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