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  • Asking Questions of a Disabled Applicant

    Posted on January 8, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    One of the most challenging situations faced by an employer is deciding whether or not to question an applicant about their condition when it is obvious the applicant suffers from some type of disabling condition (i.e. applicant arrives in a wheelcha…   

  • Traveling to Work - New Employer Liability

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

    Employers understand they may be liable for employee injuries that arise while an employee is reporting to work, such as an automobile accident on the way to work or an injury when walking into the company premises from the parking lot. These potenti…   

  • 2014 Inflation Adjustments - You May Gift $14,000 Tax-Free (Grandma, are you reading this?)

    Posted on January 2, 2014, Authored by Amy E. Ebeling, Filed under Tax Deductions

    The Internal Revenue Service announced in October 2013 the annual inflation adjustments for a variety of tax provisions including tax rates, standard deductions, limitations for itemized deductions, and exclusion amounts. Fortunately for children and…   

  • Happy New Year (?)

    Posted on December 31, 2013, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    This is the time of year that we say "thank you" and "best wishes" to all. On behalf of Ruder Ware, I want to thank all of our clients for the confidence they have shown in our representation. I also want to thank all of the human resource profession…   

  • NLRB's New Top Attorney Threatens to Overturn Employer-Friendly E-Mail Decision

    Posted on December 18, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

    Last week, the NLRB's (Board) newly-confirmed top lawyer, Richard Griffin, publicly commented that if given an opportunity (in other words, if the right case came along), he would attempt to overturn the employer-friendly, Bush-Era Board decision uph…   

  • Arbitrate Your Employment Disputes?

    Posted on December 17, 2013, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    A recent decision from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a ruling from the NLRB and held that an agreement between an employer and employee that provided for arbitration of any disputes (including class-action claims) was valid and did not …   

  • Are Quickie Elections Coming in 2014?

    Posted on December 16, 2013, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    A recent action by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has signaled that a new rule on "quickie" elections will be up for debate (and likely passage) in 2014. Several days ago, the NLRB voluntarily dismissed the appeal of a federal District Cou…   

  • Unemployment Compensation Law Changes - Happy New Year?

    Posted on December 9, 2013, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    Wisconsin employers will receive some relief from the employee-focused unemployment compensation law in Wisconsin after January 1. The Wisconsin Legislature has passed a new law which makes a number of changes to the unemployment compensation law aff…   

  • I Swear It Can Be Harassment: Workplace Profanity

    Posted on December 6, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

    A recent federal court lawsuit out of the State of Oregon serves as a great reminder that workplace profanity can be used as evidence to support a so-called "hostile work environment" harassment claim under certain circumstances. The case is Griffin …   

  • Your Mileage May Vary - IRS Issues 2014 Mileage Rates

    Posted on December 6, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill, Filed under Employment

    This afternoon the IRS issued the standard mileage rates for determining the deductible cost for operating automobiles for various purposes (business, medical, charitable) for 2014. Specifics can be found here. Clearly the IRS has noticed the decline…   

  • Indefinite Leave As Reasonable Accommodation?

    Posted on December 4, 2013, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    Deciding what to do when an employee says she cannot return to work because of a medical condition, even after exhausting all FMLA leave, is one of the most difficult questions faced by an employer, especially in Wisconsin. I have written before abou…   

  • Flu Shots - Required or Prohibited

    Posted on November 27, 2013, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    Many states have adopted laws that require mandatory influenza (flu) vaccinations for certain health care professions. A recent hearing on Wisconsin Assembly Bill 247 would take the opposite direction. This proposed legislation would prohibit employe…   

  • Final Regulations on the 3.8% Net Investment Tax

    Posted on November 26, 2013, Authored by Amy E. Ebeling, Filed under Tax Deductions

    The IRS issued final regulations on the 3.8% Net Investment Income Tax on November 26, 2013. The 3.8% Net Investment Income Tax was enacted as part of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 and the Patient Protection and Affordable…   

  • Being At Work Is An Essential Job Function

    Posted on November 18, 2013, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    A colleague wrote recently that the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that when determining whether an employee is disabled or not because the employee cannot perform the essential functions of the job, the key document to be considered b…   

  • Caution - Duty To Accommodate May Be Expanded

    Posted on November 13, 2013, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

    A recent decision from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has opened the door to consideration of a duty to accommodate under the Americans With Disabilities Act that goes beyond the need to accommodate an employee with assistance to perform the essent…   

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