Robison, Curphey & O'Connell Feed Jan 2020firmwise Julie Wiley Honored By Anthony Wayne Community Jan 2020News<p><i>The Mirror Newspaper</i>, which serves Waterville, Whitehouse, and Monclova, recently announced its 2019 General&rsquo;s Heroes, honoring residents who are outstanding community leaders and volunteers. RCO Attorney&nbsp;Julie Wiley was recognized for her leadership as chairman of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission. The Battle of Fallen Timbers celebrated its 225<sup>th</sup> Anniversary in 2019.&nbsp; This battle is noted as one of the most significant battles in American history with the outcome determining rights to live in frontier lands that would ultimately become eight Midwestern states. This battle changed the fate of every nation involved: Native American, British, Canadian, and French.</p> <p>Passionate about American history, Julie and her committee created a five-day celebration last August that included encampments, musical performances, flag ceremonies, battle re-enactments, and tours.</p> <p>In addition to serving as President of the FTBPC board, Julie is involved with the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Board, Fort Jennings Historical Society, Ohio Historical Society, and the Girl Scouts of Northwest Ohio.</p> to Present on New Overtime Rule at NAWIC Meeting on January 21 Jan 2020News<p>RCO Attorney Amy J. Luck will address the Toledo Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) on Tuesday, January 21, at 5:30 p.m. at Gilmore, Jasion and Mahler, 1785 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee.</p> <p>Amy&rsquo;s presentation is on the <i>New Overtime Rule &ndash; Payroll Changes, </i>which took effect on January 1, 2020. In addition, accountants from Gilmore, Jasion and Mahler will be speaking on new tax law changes.</p> <p>Dinner will be provided. To make reservations, contact Cathy Krueger, USI Insurance Services, at <a href=""></a>, or by phone 567-803-4454.</p> Introduces New W-4 Form for Employees Hired in 2020 Dec 2019News<p>A new form W-4 has been prepared by the Internal Revenue Service and must be used by employers for all employees hired on or after January 1, 2020.</p> <p>Here is a link to the new form: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>To learn more go to new form FAQs: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>If you should have questions regarding this new withholding certificate, please contact RCO Attorney Bill Beach at <a href=""></a>, or 419-249-7900.</p> Chamber Updates 10-Year Rule on Incoterms Nov 2019News<p>The International Chamber of Commerce has just published Incoterms 2020, the regular 10-year update to its rules for the sale and purchase of goods. Incoterms describe the allocation of obligations, risks, and costs between buyers and sellers in a contract for the sale and purchase of goods. Each rule can be incorporated into a contract with a three-letter abbreviation and the year of the Incoterm to make clear which version of the rule applies. The 2020 rules, which go into effect January 1, 2020, feature several changes to the prior version, Incoterms 2010, including:</p> <p><strong>Costs, where they are listed</strong></p> <ul> <li>The allocation of costs associated with each rule is listed both throughout the rule where relevant and then collected in Article A9/B9. Now, users can find in one place who will bear particular costs associated with a given rule.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Different levels of Insurance cover in CIF and CIP</strong></p> <ul> <li>In the 2010 Incoterms, both CIF and CIP imposed on the seller the obligation to obtain, at its own expense, insurance complying with the minimum cover provided by Clauses (C) of the Institute Cargo Clauses. In the 2020 Incoterms, the CIF rule maintains the Clause (C) coverage, while sellers using the CIP rule must obtain insurance complying with Clause (A), which requires insurance that covers &ldquo;all risks&rdquo;, with some exceptions, as opposed to Clause (C), which provides cover for a number of listed risks (again with some exceptions).</li> </ul> <p><strong>Arranging for carriage with seller&rsquo;s or buyer&rsquo;s own means of transport in FCA, DAP, DPU, and DDP</strong></p> <ul> <li>The old rules presumed the goods would be carried from the seller to the buyer by a third party, engaged either by the buyer or the seller depending on the specific rule. The new rule recognizes this is possible by expressly allowing for the making of a contract of carriage or arranging for the necessary carriage.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Inclusion of security-related requirements within carriage obligations and costs</strong></p> <ul> <li>Express allocation of security-related practices has been added to A4 and A7 of each Incoterms rule. The costs also are prominently positioned in A9 and B9, the cost sections, of each rule. Businesses buying and selling goods should be aware of the updated terms. References to Incoterms 2020 in sales contracts can have significantly different meaning compared to prior versions of the rules. Please contact a member of the RCO Business Practice Group to discuss Incoterms 2020 or any other aspect of the law of the same of goods.&nbsp;</li> </ul> Law Sponsors Memory Matters Symposium Nov 2019News<p>On Wednesday, November 20, RCO Law will be co-sponsoring <i>Memory Matters Symposium</i>, an educational conference for health care workers and families designed to address learning, loving and living with memory loss. Event sponsors include StoryPoint, Waterville, and St. Luke&rsquo;s Hospital.&nbsp; This conference will be held in the St. Luke&rsquo;s Auditorium, 5901 Monclova Rd., Maumee, &nbsp;from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., with a complimentary lunch at 12:15.</p> <p>Nationally-recognized expert, Beth A.D. Nolan, Ph.D., Director of Research and Policy for Positive Approach to Care (PAC), a dementia care training and product company, is the keynote speaker.&nbsp; Dr. Nolan has served as Assistant Professor and Senior Associate Director for the Evaluation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.&nbsp; Her years of experience includes educating caregivers on best practices for providing support to those with dementia.</p> <p>To learn more and to register, go to: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Law Sponsors Charity Bed Build in Waterville Nov 2019News<p>RCO Attorney Paul Croy joined with approximately 60 volunteers from the Waterville community on Saturday, November 9, to build 30 beds for children who do not own beds. J&amp;R Contracting hosted the event. RCO Law provided the lunch for volunteers.</p> <p>The event was co-sponsored by the Waterville Community Foundation and the Ohio Maumee Valley Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a national organization founded in 2012 to deliver beds to provide the physical, emotional, and mental support that a child needs. Every night children in northwest Ohio sleep on floors and couches, or with another family members rather than in a bed of their own. The Waterville Community Foundation purchased materials for the build and recruited volunteers for this community initiative.</p> <p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="291" /><br /> Attorney Paul Croy (right) works on a bed frame with Bill Wilson, Express Transmission, at the Charity Bed Build for local children on November 9&nbsp; (Photo by <i>The Mirror Newspaper</i>)</p> Jean Sieler Profiled in UT College of Law Newsletter Nov 2019News<p>The University of Toledo College of Law features RCO Attorney Jean Sieler in its quarterly newsletter published today.</p> <p>Jean is a 1986 graduate of the College of Law and has been associated with RCO Law for 33 years focusing her practice on construction law, medical malpractice defense, commercial litigation, and agribusiness in Ohio and Michigan.</p> <p>According to Jean, a Michigan native, she is passionate about persuasive writing and trial practice at RCO Law.</p> <p>&ldquo;I also support our family's construction company. At home, I am passionate about family and my grandsons. I have long been involved with Blissfield Rotary and their projects. If I get involved with something, I usually jump in with both feet,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I have loved being an attorney for the past 33 years. It is a great career with so many opportunities. I have always believed that you can have a great job and a great family life as an attorney.&rdquo;</p> <p>To read more:&nbsp;;</p> Co-Sponsors Surviving Family Business Transition Inside, Outside or ESOP Oct 2019News<p>RCO Law is a co-sponsor of a seminar for family businesses on &ldquo;Surviving Family Business Transition Inside, Outside or ESOP&rdquo; on Wednesday, November 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Catawba Island Club, 4235 East Beach Club Road, Port Clinton. This complimentary seminar will focus on future strategies for selling the business or keeping it in the family.&nbsp; The seminar is designed to assist business owners with making decisions that are in the best interest of the family and the business. Co-Sponsors include Huntington Bank and Ownership Advisors, Cleveland.</p> <p>Presentations will include Kevin Ward, Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking, Huntington Bank; Richard Tanner, President, Ownership Advisors, Cleveland; and Paul Croy, Attorney, RCO Law.&nbsp;</p> <p>A panel discussion will feature Tom Kern, Chairman, Style Crest Inc., Fremont; and Kevin Leininger, President, Ohio &amp; Michigan Paper Company, Perrysburg.</p> <p>Reservations can be made by calling 419-418-6941, or <a href=""></a>. Reservation deadline is Friday, November 15.</p> Bill Beach and Amy Luck to Address Employers' Association on the New Overtime Rule Oct 2019News<p>RCO Attorneys Bill Beach and Amy Luck will be presenting <b><i>The New Overtime Rule: What Employers Need to Know</i></b> at The Employers&rsquo; Association meeting on Tuesday, October 29, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, Levis Commons.&nbsp; The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division&rsquo;s Final Rule updates earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative, and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act&rsquo;s minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. The meeting is open to EA members and nonmembers.</p> <p>The New Overtime Rule was announced on September 24, 2019, and becomes effective on January 1, 2020.&nbsp; It will increase the currently enforced salary threshold of $23,660 to $35,568. &nbsp;Among other things, the Final Rule will allow employers to count a portion of certain bonuses and commissions towards meeting the salary thresholds.</p> <p>The presentation will include:&nbsp;</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>How to handle the new salary threshold for the FLSA overtime exemption;</li> <li>A review to see if employees are classified correctly; and</li> <li>How to factor in annual bonuses and incentive payments toward salary thresholds.</li> </ul> <p>To register for the EA seminar, please go to: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Luck to Moderate Toledo Women's Bar Association Discussion on Immigration Oct 2019News<p>RCO Attorney Amy J. Luck will be moderating an upcoming TWBA presentation on &ldquo;#TrendingImmigrationTopics: How Non-Immigration Lawyers Can Help!&rdquo; on Wednesday, October 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Poco Piatti, 329 N. Huron St., Upper Level, in Toledo. The panel discussion will feature ABLE Attorney Eugenio Mollo, Jr., and Attorneys Cheri Budzynski &nbsp;and Mechelle Zarou.&nbsp; This presentation will provide 1.5 CLE credit (approval pending).&nbsp; The cost is $50 for TWBA members; $60 for non-members; and $25 for UT Law students.&nbsp; Doors open at 5 p.m. for registration. The presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m.</p> <p>For additional information contact Amy at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Register online at: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>