Ohio New Business Filings Hits a New One Month Record In March 2015

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office announced a record month of Ohio new business filings this March.  The number of new business entities filed in March 2015 hit 10,102.  In 2015, a total of 25,525 new businesses were filed by the end of March.

This is good news for Ohio and the local economy, and a sign that small business activity and startups are on the rise in Ohio.

The Secretary of State also announced that in addition to making the business filing process  easier by allowing online filing of new Articles of Organization and Articles of Incorporation, the legislature was close to passing legislation that will cut the fees to file Articles in Ohio.  The legislation was passed by the State House of Representatives late in March and, once confirmed by the State Senate, will cut the fees for filing Articles from $125.00 to $99.00.

Legal Considerations for Internet Startups

An Internet Startup can be much more complex than the startup of a typical business, such as a retail establishment, manufacturer or distributor. The myriad of additional complexities arise in part because of the number of laws covering internet sales and commerce, because you are doing business throughout the country or even internationally, because there are generally not going to be face-to-face negotiations and simple agreements, and as a result of the ever-changing and highly competitive market. All this, while internet law is just developing and rapidly changing. At the same time, the internet business you are starting is most likely expensive to start, develop and market.
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How To Respond to an EEOC or OCRC Charge of Discrimination

My company has received a charge of discrimination from the EEOC or OCRC.  Now what do I do?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) enforce federal (EEOC) and Ohio’s (OCRC) anti-discrimination laws.  Employees may file a charge with the EEOC/OCRC against their employer alleging sexual harassment or discrimination based on gender/sex (including pregnancy), race, color, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, or military status. 

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