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  • Pray Before Local Government Meeting - Honor All Religions

    Posted on May 9, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Local Governments and School Districts

    The United States Supreme Court, in the recent decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway held that prayers before a town meeting delivered by a "chaplain of the month" did not violate the Establishment Clause and therefore were not prohibited from being…   

  • Denying Unemployment Benefits is Starting to Work

    Posted on May 9, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    The definition of misconduct under the Wisconsin Unemployment Compensation Law was changed as of the first of the year. We are now starting to see decisions under this new standard that limit employees from receiving unemployment benefits when being …   

  • Allergy Relief

    Posted on May 9, 2014, Authored by Kevin J.T. Terry, Filed under Local Governments and School Districts

    Through the signing of Senate Bill 375, school districts now have more flexibility in assisting students with life-threatening allergies. Prior to the signing of this bill in April, only certain authorized school personnel were allowed to administe…   

  • Are Employer-Mandated Anger-Management Counseling Sessions Considered Compensable Time?

    Posted on May 6, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

    Are employer-mandated anger-management counseling sessions considered compensable "hours worked" for purposes of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act? What if the employee attends anger-management counseling outside of his or her normal working hours…   

  • Safety First

    Posted on May 6, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Local Governments and School Districts

    This past April, Governor Walker signed over 100 bills into law. A number of the bills affect local government units. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, we will be touching on those new laws to provide some guidance to municipalities on how…   

  • Door Open to Working at Home

    Posted on May 2, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    A recent decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has opened the door to the argument that an employer must provide a reasonable accommodation of allowing an employee to work from home instead of being at the office. In this dec…   

  • Perfectly Clear Successor - Be Careful

    Posted on April 30, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    Two recent events have refocused a concern about becoming a successor owner of a company in a setting where the company is being acquired/purchased. Situations arise on a regular basis where a company will purchase another business with the intention…   

  • No More Record Keeping for Professionals

    Posted on April 25, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    Wisconsin has always been a little different because it required employers to keep a record of the hours worked by a professional employee who was exempt from the overtime pay requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This requirement also applie…   

  • Age Discrimination Cases Can be Easy to Prove

    Posted on April 15, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    Several recent stories have talked about huge layoffs because of a loss of federal contracts and a decline in available work. Companies are looking at large layoffs to reduce costs and survive the cutbacks in revenue from the loss of contracts. A red…   

  • "Quickie Election" Rule Under Attack

    Posted on April 1, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    The National Labor Relations Board will be holding public hearings on April 10 and April 11 regarding the proposed "quickie election" rule that would expedite the election process and reduce the ability of an employer to campaign against a union repr…   

  • First Quarter Touchdown for Student Athletes

    Posted on March 28, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    Football players under scholarship at Northwestern University can unionize based upon a decision from the Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board. This is a touchdown in the first quarter for the student athletes as this is the first …   

  • Obesity is a Disability?

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

    A number of activities over the past several months have suggested that obesity is on its way to being considered a disability and therefore protected under federal discrimination laws and possibly the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act. No decision has b…   

  • Wisconsin Extends Net Operating Loss Carryforwards to 20 Years and Allows Additional Credits Against Alternative Minimum Tax

    Posted on March 15, 2014, Authored by Amy E. Ebeling, Filed under Tax Deductions

    Recently enacted Wisconsin legislation contained a number of significant changes to our state's corporation franchise and income tax laws that may affect your business's tax liability. For instance, among other important changes, net business loss, c…   

  • A New Game - Who is Exempt and Who Receives Overtime Pay?

    Posted on March 13, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    As you may have seen in several news reports, President Obama is today directing the Department of Labor to re-write the regulations that identify who is exempt from overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Fair Labor Standar…   

  • "Quickie Election" has First Hearing

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

    We have written about the proposed NLRB rules that would allow for a "quickie election" process. The first hearing on these rules was held by a House committee even though this is an NLRB rule and not proposed legislation. The committee wanted to air…   

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