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  • Council of State Governments Provides Recommendations for Student Discipline

    Posted on June 12, 2014, Authored by Kevin J.T. Terry, Filed under Local Governments and School Districts

    One of the more difficult areas of our practice deals with assisting school districts through student discipline and serving as counsel to districts during student expulsions. This week, I came across an interesting article in the Washington Post whi…   

  • Taxpayers Have Rights???

    Posted on June 11, 2014, Authored by Amy E. Ebeling, Filed under Tax Deductions

    Taxpayer Bill of Rights - On Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unveiled the new and improved "Taxpayers' Bill of Rights." Unbeknownst to most taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Code actually sets forth rights of taxpayers (who knew!). The IRS …   

  • Stop Talking About Your Compensation - Not

    Posted on June 10, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    Many companies have a policy that prohibits employees from talking about their salary or benefits in order to avoid morale issues in the workplace. It is sometimes hard to enforce a policy like this, but companies believe it is important to make it c…   

  • Get Your 2015 Health Savings Account Limits Here!

    Posted on June 10, 2014, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill, Filed under Tax Deductions

    Sorry to be a little late to the Ruder Ware tax blog party, but I have arrived bringing a nice housewarming present. Let's just say I'm re-gifting an earlier article I posted on our website back in April. Health savings accounts (HSAs) are tax creatu…   

  • Is Six Months Enough?

    Posted on June 6, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    A recent decision from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has addressed the question whether a six-month leave of absence for a disabled employee is sufficient to satisfy the reasonable accommodation requirement. The Court of Appeals found that Kansa…   

  • Who needs a Tax Extenders Bill? It's only June!

    Posted on June 5, 2014, Authored by Amy E. Ebeling, Filed under Tax Deductions

    Over the past few years, we have all become accustomed to tax deductions, credits, and reduced rates expiring. We have also become accustomed to our elected officials debating until the very last minute about whether to extend sunsetting tax provisio…   

  • Watch Out - Protections Against Swearing at Boss

    Posted on June 4, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    The National Labor Relations Board continues to reach out to provide protection to employees. In a recent decision, the Board concluded that an outburst in the workplace by an employee was considered protected speech, because the employee did not exp…   

  • Mixed Motive For Discrimination Decision - Be Careful

    Posted on June 3, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    A recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision highlighted the importance of employers being very careful when making employment decisions to ensure that part of the rationale for a decision is not discriminatory in nature. In this decision, Milwaukee …   

  • Could Religious Leaders Be Taxed on Their Housing?

    Posted on May 30, 2014, Authored by Melissa S. Kampmann, Filed under Tax Deductions

    On November 22, 2013, the federal district court for the Western District of Wisconsin struck down Internal Revenue Code Section 107(2) which exempts from income tax any compensation that is received by a "minister of the gospel" which is considered …   

  • Off-Duty Conduct - Taking Adverse Employment Action

    Posted on May 29, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    There is a lot of controversy today about the right of an employer to take adverse employment action (i.e. firing someone) for off-duty conduct. Employers have more access to things happening outside the workplace and are very concerned about their o…   

  • Punt Blocked - Former Green Bay Packers Kicker Found Guilty of Defrauding the IRS with Two Las Vegas Businessmen

    Posted on May 29, 2014, Authored by Amy E. Ebeling, Filed under Tax Deductions

    A federal jury in Las Vegas found a former NFL punter, Joseph Prokop, and two Las Vegas businessmen guilty of defrauding the IRS and aiding in the preparation of false tax returns. The three men used two Nevada companies named the "National Audit Def…   

  • Provider Self Disclosure Process

    Posted on May 22, 2014, Authored by John H. Fisher, II, Filed under Health Care

    A growing area of the health care legal practice involves counseling clients on issues that could require self disclosure under OIG or CMS procedures. The Office of Inspector General has procedures that a provider may follow to disclose possible vio…   

  • Jointly Providing Health Care Fee Information to Payors

    Posted on May 22, 2014, Authored by John H. Fisher, II, Filed under Health Care

    As health care provider networks move down the path toward clinical integration, we are often asked to provide guidance on how information can be jointly provided to payors. The antitrust laws recognize that collective sharing of some pricing inform…   

  • Texting While Driving - Illegal But Paid

    Posted on May 21, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    Many municipalities and states have adopted a law that prohibits texting while someone is driving. Individuals are prohibited from texting or even dialing the phone while driving. This prohibition is probably violated much more than it is complied wi…   

  • CMS Changes Meaningful Use Timeline

    Posted on May 21, 2014, Authored by John H. Fisher, II, Filed under Health Care

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new proposed rule today that changes the timeline for meaningful use electronic health record (EHR) technology. The new proposed rule would be consistent with previous CMS announcement re…   

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