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Action Steps When a Data Breach Occurs

While the legal definition of a data breach will vary depending on the state where a business operates, a data breach generally occurs when any type of sensitive, private, confidential data has - or could have been - accessed or viewed without authorization. From the unauthorized access of e-mail,...

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Employer Record Retention Requirements

A new business year is a time when employers start purging files, digital and paper.  Questions often arise as to what records a business is required to keep and for how long.  When it comes to destroying employment-related records, what needs to be retained goes beyond the individuals currently on...

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Secure Act’s New IRA and Retirement Plan Rules and the Effects on Estate Planning

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (commonly referred to as the “SECURE Act”) was signed into law in December 2019. The SECURE Act makes substantial changes to the taxation and distribution of IRAs and retirement benefits when the account owner dies after Decembe...

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Mandatory H-1B Visa Pre-Registration Begins on March 1, 2020

After a successful pilot testing phase, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced it has fully implemented an electronic pre-registration program for H-1B visas.  This mandatory pre-registration process is designed to streamline the process for both the agency ...

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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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