Valentine Act protects trade and competition in Ohio

I’ve heard that competing companies sometimes make agreements to fix prices and rig bids. Does Ohio law allow this? No. In fact, the Ohio Valentine Act specifically prohibits agreements that restrain trade and hurt competition. Certain agreements among competitors, including agreements to fix prices, rig bids and allocate customers, suppliers or markets, are considered so […]

Q&A: Understand impact of independent-contractor misclassification

Why should I care about independent contractor misclassification? Independent contractor misclassification is the practice of treating workers as non-employees when the worker should really be considered an employee—and paid like an employee. Misclassification matters because many of the tax, employment, and employee benefits laws apply only to employees. Companies that treat (and pay) employees as […]

April 19, 2016: Judge Fredericka to speak in McDonald on wills, probate court services

Probate Judge James A. Fredericka will speak at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19 in the McDonald Community Room, 500 Ohio Ave., McDonald.  The event covers wills and Probate Court services, including the Veterans Assistance and Senior Court Assistance programs, as well as the Guardian Angels program. For more information, call 330-675-2520. © 2016 Metro Monthly. All rights reserved.

Q&A: New real estate closing disclosures – know before you owe

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) now requires that new integrated mortgage disclosures be used when residential real estate is purchased or refinanced. These disclosures are part of the sweeping federal “Know Before You Owe” law, created under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This law applies to most residential loan applications […]

PNC agreement provides campus banking services for YSU students, employees

PNC Bank, N.A., a member of The PNC Financial Services Group Inc., began providing banking services to Youngstown State University students and employees in Youngstown on Jan. 1.  Under this new agreement, PNC provides student and workplace banking, as well as financial education programs for the university’s more than 15,000 students, faculty and staff members […]

MYCAP seeks volunteers to assist residents with 2012 tax returns

As the 2012 calendar year comes to a close, tax payers will soon begin the task of gathering the necessary W-2’s and required documents to file their 2012 income tax returns. The Mahoning Youngtown Community Action Partnership (MYCAP) will again provide free basic tax service to eligible low and moderate income individuals, families and senior […]