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Celebrate National Take the Stairs Day

Are you one of the many who made a New Year’s resolution to get or remain healthy? If so, and you’re looking for something you can do that takes no special equipment or preparation, then National Take the Stairs Day is for you! The goal of the day is to encourage everyone to improve their by walking up the stairs. Walking up and down stairs is a non-impact activity that most of us can do. It helps us tone our muscles, maintain or even lose weight, and contribute to cardio-vascular health. Did you know that a 160pound person who climbs for 3 minutes, expends approximately 30 calories?  Discover and enjoy the health benefits of taking the stairs today. Then, make it a daily habit!   National Take the Stairs Day is usually celebrated on the second Wednesday of January each year.

Employers Make Note: E-Verify

Congress and President Trump’s on-going dispute over government funding has shut down most federal operations, including E-Verify. So what does that mean for employers?

E-Verify is a web-based program that allows employers to electronically verify that a newly-hired employee is authorized to work in the United States.  Employers are incentivized to utilize E-Verify. If a worker isn’t authorized to work, employers participating in E-Verify are given a presumption that they didn’t knowingly hire an employee unauthorized to work in the country.

But the program isn’t available during the government shutdown. So employers can’t enroll, create new cases, or take actions on other cases.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security implemented policies to minimize the disruption:

  • Suspending the three-day rule for creating E-Verify cases for situations affected by the unavailability of the program.
  • Extending the time period during which employees may resolve Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs). So the days when E-Verify is unavailable will not count toward the days employees have to resolve their TNCs.
  • Employers aren’t allowed to take adverse action against an employee because the employee’s E-Verify case is in an interim status.

USCIS promised to provide more information once government operations resume.

Employers with questions are encouraged to contact the attorneys at Jones Obenchain. We can help to minimize employer’s risks, make sure they remain complaint with E-Verify, and alleviate any other legal concerns.

JO In Action – CASA Volunteer – Brian Gates

Would you like to make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child? Consider becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate like Jones Obenchain partner Brian Gates. Brian has been representing children’s best interests as a CASA since 2002, and now helps train other CASA volunteers by teaching them about the legal system. Find out more about the St. Joseph County CASA program by clicking here:, or visit the national CASA site:


Need a copy of tax return from last year?

If you need a copy of your tax return for the previous year and you can’t find it,  the IRS can help. Transcripts are free and available for the most current tax year after the IRS has processed the return. There are different types of transcripts to choose from. To see what your options are please visit:

Partner Bob Edwards selected for The Best Lawyers in America© 2014

Jones Obenchain announces Partner Bob Edwards was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 in the field of mediation. Bob has been recognized in this exclusive selection for 5 consecutive years.  Congratulations Bob!

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Janet Horvath – New Partner

Jones Obenchain is pleased to announce that Janet Horvath has been made a partner. Janet joined the firm in 2003. She represents individuals and businesses in both Indiana and Michigan. The focus of Janet’s practice is in the areas of estate planning and probate law. She also counsels clients in contract negotiations and handles civil litigation matters involving employment issues and insurance coverage disputes. For more information and to reach Janet, you may view her web page here.

John Van Laere Recognized as a Finalist in Michiana’s 2008 Best and Brightest Awards

Jones Obenchain, LLP is proud to announce that John Van Laere has been named as a Finalist in Michiana’s 2008 Best and Brightest Awards. Sponsored by Junior Achievement of Michiana, Inc., the Best and Brightest Awards celebrate those professionals who have impacted their industry and community. All finalists receive recognition for their outstanding professional accomplishments, community involvement, and leadership.