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CMS extends Medicare payments for care management

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued a final rule which continues the trend of encouraging care management activities by making it easier and more financially attractive to furnish chronic care management, transitional care management and remote physiologic monitoring services for Medicare patients. READ MORE

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Ohio House introduces bill to protect general contractors

The Ohio House of Representatives on Oct. 23 introduced House Bill 380, which would extend Ohio’s Prompt Pay Act (R.C. 4311.61) to provide payment protection to general contractors in Ohio.

The act currently protects subcontractors by imposing stiff penalties, including 18 percent interest and attorneys’ fees, against general contractors (or higher tier subcontractors) who do not pay subcontractors within 10 days of receiving payment from the owner for work on construction projects in Ohio.

Click here to learn more about the amended bill, which would extend the protection to general contractors by requiring owners to pay general contractors within 35 days of receiving the contractor’s pay application.

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Ohio: House of Representatives votes to reinstate business income deduction for lawyers and lobbyists

Earlier in the year, lawyers and lobbyists were excluded from the list of small business owners eligible to claim the Ohio business income deduction, which allows business owners to deduct the first $250,000 of “business income” earned in the ordinary course of their business and pay a preferential 3 percent tax rate on business income above that threshold. But on October 10, 2019, the Ohio House of Representatives unanimously voted to restore the business income deduction for lawyers and lobbyists. READ MORE

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Ohio: Court of Appeals rules for highway contractor in sales/use tax case

Late last month, the Ninth District Court of Appeals in Summit County decided Karvo Paving Co. v. Testa in favor of a highway construction contractor that disputed an Ohio use tax assessment on traffic maintenance equipment. READ MORE

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OSHA Update: Record keeping and required postings

Updates on OSHA’s requirements for posting OSHA’s Form 300A (which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2018) and on record keeping requirements. READ MORE

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Ohio’s Habitual Offenders Program can have devastating effects for businesses that fail to comply with sales tax filing and payment requirements

In Ohio, a consistent failure to comply with sales tax filing and payment requirements may result in a business’ tax account being placed in the Habitual Offenders Program (HOP), a statutory mandated tax delinquency program that can have devastating effects on any business. READ MORE

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Recommendations for proper back charges on commercial construction projects

Back charges are commonplace on commercial construction projects. Whether you are a general contractor or subcontractor assessing back charges against a lower tier contractor or a lower tier subcontractor arguing against back charges that have been assessed against you, these four tips will provide insight into best practices for proper back charges to help you in your business.  READ MORE

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5 data privacy and cybersecurity tips for construction firms

No industry is immune from data privacy and cybersecurity threats, and that includes the construction industry. Here are five data privacy and cybersecurity tips construction firms should consider putting to use to protect themselves against these looming threats. READ MORE

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Sole discretion and your franchise agreement

Many, if not all, franchise agreements have provisions giving the franchisor sole and absolute discretion to take or approve some action. On its face, an agreement in which the parties agree in advance to give sole discretion in decision making would appear to be virtually bullet proof from attack. However, there are exceptions. READ MORE

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Small Business Reorganization Act provides a new tool to restructure small franchisees

In an effort to make Chapter 11 relevant again, the president recently signed into law the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, which adds a new subchapter to Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code intended to streamline the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process for companies that might not otherwise be able to afford the Chapter 11. READ MORE

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