Here is a compendium of current issues that affect Ohio’s public entities, plus McGown & Markling news of note.
On April 1, 2019, the United States Department of Labor issued a proposed rule to update the responsibilities of employers and joint employers. The proposed rule would establish a four-factor test to determine joint liability for minimum wage and overtime violations. The four-factor test looks to see if the potential joint employer exercises the power […]
School districts derive substantial revenue from property taxes. As a result, McGown & Markling recommends that all school districts actively take steps to protect their property valuation – especially when property owners are seeking to reduce property values. If you do not know whether you have property owners seeking to reduce their property values for tax year 2018, […]
On March 28, 2019, the United States Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking updating the exclusions allowed when calculating overtime payments. Additionally, the proposed changes would change the definitions of “show up,” “call back,” and other similar types of pay from “infrequent and sporadic” to “without prearrangement.” To read the notice and […]
The United States Department of Education published non-regulatory, non-binding guidance to assist school districts prepare report cards for the Every Student Succeeds Act. The guidance covers areas of charter school reporting, calculation of student participation rates, the definition of a graduation cohort, and more. To read the guidance, click here. Authors: Matthew John Markling, Patrick […]
The United States Department of Education published guidance on meeting alternate assessment requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (“ESSA”). The guidance focuses on directing states to comply with the one percent requirement for alternate assessments that are aligned with alternate academic achievement standards. The guidance highlights the potential consequences for failing to comply with […]
The Ohio Ethics Commission just published its newest newsletter, which can be viewed here. Past newsletters from the Ohio Ethics Commission can be viewed here. McGown & Markling is often asked to opine on various ethics issues, but the best ethics advice comes straight from the Ohio Ethics Commission itself. To request an advisory opinion […]