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BREAKING: U.S. Department of Labor Unveils New Federal Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced today its final overtime rule, increasing the minimum salary threshold for avoiding overtime eligibility to $35,568. The current annual salary threshold is $23,600. The final rule will become effective on January 1, 2020. It is estimated that the rule w...

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Indiana Supreme Court Decision Highlights Importance of Rent-to-Own Real Estate Contract Language

By Matt Rust Landlords using rent-to-own contracts should take a second look at the terms of their agreements following the recent Indiana Supreme Court decision in Rainbow Realty Grp. Empire Holding Corp. v. Carter, 121 N.E.3d 120. In Rainbow, a landlord’s attempt at enforcing an agreement as a ...

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13 KDDK Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2020; Mike Schopmeyer Named Metro “Lawyer of the Year” for Construction Law

Congratulations to 13 KDDK attorneys - Jeffrey W. Ahlers, Robert F. (Ted) Barron II, Kent A. (KAB) Brasseale II, Maria L. Bulkley, Allison K. Comstock, Monica E. Edwards, Shannon S. Frank, Jake R. Fulcher, Jon D. Goldman, Jeffrey K. Helfrich, Mark S. Samila, Michael (Mike) Schopmeyer, and Brian P. W...

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NLRB Rules that Misclassifying Workers Does Not Violate Labor Law

On August 29, the National Labor Relations Board issued its decision Velox Express, Inc., 368 NLRB No. 61.  Reversing course from the Obama-era, a Board majority held 3-1 that employers who misclassify their workers as independent contractors instead of employees do not violate the National Labo...

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Gov. Holcolm Appoints Mike Schopmeyer to Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority Board of Directors

Mike Schopmeyer has been appointed by Indiana Governor Eric Holcolm to serve on the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA) Board of Directors.  His appointment runs through June 30, 2022. The mission of the IHCDA is to provide housing opportunities, promote self-suffici...

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Know What to Expect When Buying Real Property in an Indiana Tax Sale

In Indiana, real estate may be sold at a “tax sale” if the owner fails to pay real property taxes.  Similar to a sheriff's sale, a tax sale is an auction and prospective buyers bid on a property, hoping it will be a profitable investment.  While each county has its own tax sale procedure, all counti...

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Significant New Duties on the Horizon for Illinois Employers

By Mark McAnulty and Nick Golding Illinois is expected to adopt the proposed Workplace Transparency Act (the “Act”), a sweeping new law imposing significant additional duties upon Illinois employers. The Act passed both the House and the Senate unanimously and was sent on June 10 to Go...

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Right to Farm Act Plows Through Challenge

A constitutional challenge to Indiana’s Right to Farm Act (“RTFA”) was recently tossed by the Indiana Court of Appeals, rejecting a neighbor group’s claims that a Central Indiana concentrated animal feeding operation (“CAFO”) constitutionally deprived them of their property rights. In Himsel v. 4/9 ...

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Breaking: Supreme Court to Consider LGBT Job Discrimination Cases

  The United States Supreme Court announced on April 22, 2019, that it will consider a trio of cases relating to whether LGBT employees are protected under federal workplace discrimination laws.  Two of these cases will determine whether gay, lesbian, or bisexual employees are protected ...

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Changes to the H-1B Visa Program Increase Chances for Companies to Petition Foreign Workers with Graduate Degrees Beginning Next Year

Now that the window to submit petitions for H-1B workers for fiscal year 2020 has officially closed, employers that filed petitions are nervously awaiting to see if their petitions survived the cap and were selected for processing. This year saw a record 201,011 petitions filed for H-1B workers.  Wi...

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