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COSE commends legislature, governor for providing relief for Ohio small business owners that open or expand to a new location

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Governor John Kasich signed legislation, House Bill 259, on December 22 that included a provision helping to ensure entrepreneurs will not be penalized in the form of increased workers’ compensation rates, outstanding balances, or uncovered claims costs for assuming space that was previously inhabited by a completely separate business with negative claims experience.  The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) has been a long-time advocate for reforms on this issue in order to avoid unpleasant surprises related to workers' compensation matters for business owners.  

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We Can't Hire You If You Can't Pass A Drug Test - Vote No on Issue 3

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Michael Canty is the owner of a successful manufacturing company in Northeast Ohio called Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding and he, like so many other business owners, are voicing their opposition to legalizing marijuana in Ohio on Election Day.  On October 20th, Mr. Canty hosted representatives from the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), Greater Cleveland Partnership, Urban League of Greater Cleveland, and Secretary of State Jon Husted to discuss why voting NO on Issue 3 is in the best interest of all Ohioans – especially for small businesses.

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COSE Commends Legislature for Clarifying Budget Language

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The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) applauded the Ohio General Assembly today for clarifying language included in the state biennium budget which passed this summer that ensures small business owners will receive the full tax relief intended. Senate Bill 208, which passed the state legislature overwhelmingly, makes technical changes to state income tax law that makes certain not even a few small business owners will face an unprecedented tax bill this year before they're fully and permanently exempt from paying business income on their first $250,000 in 2016. 

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ACA small business definition to remain at 50 employees for 2016

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Federal legislation that was recently signed in to law keeps the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) small business definition at 50 or fewer workers. The impact is that companies with 51-100 employees generally won’t have to comply with ACA’s small group insurance reform provisions in 2016. The legislation gives states back the flexibility they previously had in determining the size of employers covered by the small group market, allowing them to add market stability and contain premium growth for many small companies.

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4 Issues to Know in November: A Voting Guide

Shawn Turner |

Voters on November 3rd will be confronted with a bevy of important issues when they arrive at the ballot box. (By the way, early voting has already begun. Contact your County Board of Elections and cast your vote today!) As Election Day draws nearer, COSE is providing the below voting guide to help further explain what the following issues are all about.

After careful consideration with the COSE Advocacy Committee and COSE Board, as well as business leaders from around Northeast Ohio, here are COSE’s recommendations on each of the four issues listed below.

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How to Handle Workplace Injuries Resulting from Marijuana Usage

Maria Mastrandrea |

Election Day 2016 is just over a month away, and the potential for legalized marijuana - both medicinal and recreational - should be weighing on your mind as a business owner. Employee safety is one of the biggest concerns that we hear from small business owners. There is a commitment to safety and a genuine concern for all employees - everyone should return home as healthy as they were when they reported for their shift.  

But, what happens if an employee is injured and a post-accident drug screen shows marijuana metabolite levels? Surprisingly, the claim could be allowed by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Why? Because during the initial review done by the BWC, they have no way of knowing just how impaired the individual was at the time of the injury. While this can typically be the case for any controlled substances including alcohol, marijuana poses a problem because it stays in the system far longer than other substances, making it difficult to prove the level of impairment. 


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Are you planning on purchasing another business in Ohio? Read this first!

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When a small business owner thinks about purchasing another business an often overlooked consideration is the impact the deal could have on workers' compensation rates and liabilities.  In Ohio, when one business acquires another, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) can transfer liabilities and combine workers’ compensation experiences over to the purchaser.  

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National Small Business Association Comes to Cleveland

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As part of a recent National Small Business Association (NSBA) quarterly Board of Trustees meeting, small business owners from across the nation visited Northeast Ohio, some for the first time. I’m proud to say they experienced for the first time what we Clevelanders already know – our region is second to none to visit, work, and play. The group visited Playhouse Square, our unique neighborhoods, and took in beautiful views of our Great Lake. Not a soul could have left on an empty stomach; that is, after our small business food truck scene was quickly discovered.  And, the weather even cooperated which we know is no small feat.

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Is Your Workplace Ready for Legalized Marijuana?

Shawn Turner |

The potential for wide-scale legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana in Ohio is just a few months away. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things that small businesses could be doing today to prepare for the possible legalization of the drug.

With that in mind, employers should look closely at their business and prepare to make changes as needed.