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The Chamber works on your behalf to bring you the latest issues and pending legislation that may impact your business.

City of Toledo Issue 2 - 1% Income Tax

The Board of Trustees of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors of the Toledo Area Small Business Association (TASBA) have voted to oppose the City of Toledo's Issue 2  - 1% Income Tax. Read more here.

Municipal Income Tax Reform Law

Provisions passed in House Bill 5, the municipal income tax reform law, will soon be taking effect. Municipalities are currently amending existing income tax codes to incorporate the new law’s provisions, and your business should be prepping now too in order to be ready by year end. Click HERE for a more in-depth look at the changes that may impact your business.

Preparing for DOL Changes to White Collar Exemptions

On June 30, 2015, the Department of Labor announced proposed revisions to regulations regarding overtime exemptions. The proposal includes more than doubling the minimum salary level required to be considered exempt -- to over $50,000 in 2016. The Department of Labor predicts that the proposed changes will reduce the number of exempt employees subject to the salary basis test by 50% and cost employers over $1 billion annually.

Additional proposals would automatically raise the minimum salary level annually and significantly increase the amount of compensation (currently $100,000) required to qualify for the highly-compensated employee exemption.

More information is provided here from James B. Yates, Esq., SHRM-SCP, SPHR and Sarah E. Pawlicki, Esq., SHRM-SCP, SPHR of Eastman & Smith, Ltd, Attorneys at Law.

Talent Management

Talent management involves developing, attracting and retaining the greatest workforce for the businesses of the Toledo region.

The Chamber is working with local school districts and higher education to make sure that the employees of the future have necessary skills to be successful in their chosen career path.

In addition to developing the workforce, the Chamber is working to “tell the story” of the Toledo region and the benefits of living and working here. The summer of 2015 brings the inaugural “Summer in the City” program. This program is designed to work with interns and recent graduates who are starting their career in the Toledo region to better understand what the region has to offer.

180th Fighter Wing/Military Affairs

Supporting those who defend us, the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce has taken the lead in working with the various military units and support organizations in the region. Through the Military Affairs Committee, military units and support organizations meet on a regular basis to explore the needs of the units and service members.

In addition to providing their vital national security role, the units and their members have a tremendous economic impact on the region. The Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, based at Toledo Express Airport, alone has an impact approaching $200M annually. The Chamber is committed to working with and enhancing all of the units in the region.

During the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round, the Chamber spearheaded the efforts to retain the 180th in Toledo. Due to the efforts of the Chamber and the community the 180th was not only retained, it also increased its presence and mission.

Redesigning Ohio
Ohio’s eight metropolitan chambers of commerce and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce joined together to produce this report. It offers a road map for long-term, transformational change as well as meaningful recommendations for tackling the state's current fiscal crisis. This report includes an analysis of Ohio's existing economic situation, a review of best practices from other states and recommendations that range from the way our state budget is developed to specific productivity improvements.

Redesigning Ohio - Full Report 

Other Resources

US Chamber of Commerce - https://www.uschamber.com/
Ohio Chamber of Commerce - http://ohiochamber.com/
Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition - http://greatlakesmetrochambers.com/

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